Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is huge and is usually abbreviated to DFW Airport (Americans have a preference for abbreviations, think of LAX for the airport near Los Angeles and JFK for New York's largest airport). There are no less than five terminals, connected by the Skylink, a so-called people mover which zooms back and forth between the terminals at almost 60 kilometers per hour. Terminal D deals with the international flights.
IATA airport code: DFW
ICAO airport code: KDFW
DFW Airport is not directly connected with a train station but on the south side of the airport there's the CenterPort/DFW Airport station. Commuter trains run to the center of both Dallas and Fort Worth. To get to the station you need to take a shuttle bus to the long-term parking lot.
A subway station will be opened between terminals A and B in 2014. The Orange Line subway will then maintain the connection with Dallas and Las Colinas.
Car and bus
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is situated 24 kilometers northwest of Dallas' center and 29 kilometers northeast of Fort Worth. There are various ways to and from the airport: on the north side of the airport Highways 114, 121 and 635 and on the south side Highways 183 and 360. From Dallas' center you drive your rental car via Interstate 35 East north and then via Highway 183 to the International Parkway which runs right across DFW Airport.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit maintains express bus services to Dallas and Irving. Airporter buses (Tel. +1 817 267 5150) also run to various destinations, including large hotels in Fort Worth.
Car rental Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
Ten car rental companies are present at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, but not every company is present in each terminal. You can rent a car with Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E Z Rent, Hertz, National and Thrifty. The rental cars are parked near the southern entrance of DFW Airport; a shuttle bus runs to and from this parking lot every five minutes. You can also book a rental car in advance by using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Outside the Arrivals Hall you'll find taxis which all have a meter. There are, however, also taxis that charge a fixed rate (US$ 40.00 to each destination within Dallas' business district, US$ 43.00 to the business district of Fort Worth). Ask your taxi driver before you get in the car.
There are parking garages and parking lots for short-term parking near all terminals. The long-term parking lots are further out, but shuttle buses run between the terminals and those parking lots. More information about parking at DFW Airport via: +1 972 574 7275.
There are two hotels, both of the Hyatt chain, at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport: Grand Hyatt DFW (in terminal D, Tel. +1 972 973 1234), Hyatt Regency DFW (in terminal C, Tel. +1 972 453 1234). Other hotels nearby the airport include Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott (Tel. +1 972 929 8800), Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Tel. +1 972 929 4499), La Quinta DFW Airport North Irving Hotel (Tel. +1 972 915 4022) and Sheraton Grand Hotel Dallas/Ft Worth Airport (Tel. +1 972 929 8400). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport offers a huge variety of eating and drinking facilities ranging from luxury restaurants to fast food, from coffee shops to ice-cream parlors and from barbecue restaurants to cocktail lounges. The number of shops is also overwhelming; you can easily spend several hours here.
For security reasons you cannot store your baggage at DFW Airport. There are lost-and-found counters in all terminals. The central number to inquire about lost objects is +1 972 574 4420.
For inquiries about DFW Airport, flight schedules and airport services you can turn to the information desks (Travelers Aid) in terminals B and D. You can also ask your questions to the dozens of so-called Airport Ambassadors. Near the baggage claim area there are touch screens where you can not only search for information about the airport itself, but also about the transport facilities.
Business facilities at DFW Airport are excellent. There are business centers in terminals A, B, C and E that are open 24 hours a day, and also in the Skylink stations. You have internet access (high speed), both via computers and wireless. There are several (semi) private working places and you can of course fax, copy, and make direct international calls. There's a Smathers Business Center (Tel. +1 972 615 6855) in the Hyatt Regency in Terminal C. In addition, the hotel rents out meeting space, conference rooms and exhibition space.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. In addition parking places have been reserved for disabled travelers near all terminals. The shuttle busses between the terminals and to the parking lots are accessible for wheelchairs.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There are also various First Aid stations, accessible via one telephone number: +1 972 973 3210 (or via the American emergency number 911). Other facilities: children playgrounds, silence rooms, showers, cell-phone rental, free wireless internet (Wi-Fi), beauty and massage parlors, hairdressers, cinemas and baby rooms. And these are only part of the facilities at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
DFW International Airport
3200 East Airfield Drive
DFW Airport, TX 75261
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +1 972 973 8888
IATA airport code: DFW
ICAO airport code: KDFW