Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
A 5 hour layover is going to be tough to really take a side trip into Washington D.C., as you would spend most of that time getting from IAD to Washington D.C. as IAD not really close to town. Even if you hit the timing just right, you may have 60-90 minutes to really explore and you can barely do any museums in that amount of time. Your best bet may be to go over to the Udvar-Hazy Center, which is the Dulles Annex of the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum. There is bus service from IAD to the museum.
LHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3113 times:
I may be flying into IAD next summer from CPH. What's the average amount of time needed to go through customs/immigration to make my flight home on time (Note: The SK flight gets in at about 3:30ish I think)?
IAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3027 times:
Admission to the museum is still free though some things inside charge a fee. It would be the perfect way to waste a couple of hours. Give yourself lots of time to go back through security and to get to your gate. At least an hour. The lines can be brutal.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9022 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3010 times:
Udvar-Hazy Center is 10-15 minutes and about a $10-12 cab ride from the airport. Since you shouldn't have any need to stop at baggage claim when you get off the UA flight, you should be able to be there within 30 minutes of landing.
Admission there is free, so spend about 2-2.5 hours looking around there and head back to the airport. Keep in mind that security at IAD can take a while to get through in the early evening, so leave plenty of time for that.
I believe there's also a mall around the airport that you could probably cab to if you were inclined to shop.