Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

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  • Joey T.
    "Very nice airport!"(10 Tips)
    Meghan P.
    "There is very little to eat in the southwest terminal."(8 Tips)
    Victor S.
    "Clean and controllable in size with great amenities"(21 Tips)
    Tim J.
    "Great used book store near gate D11!!"(3 Tips)
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  • Ty R.
    Ty RamJuly 28, 2014
    Nice little airport. In and out is a breeze with hardly any lines at the security check. It has a few nice options to eat while you wait. The 42nd Street Oyster Bar is my favorite to chill!
  • Nick E.
    Nick EasterMarch 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Really nice and quick airport. The security lines are always moving and I've never seen extremely long waits for ticket counters. Definitely one of my favorite airports!
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Billy B.
    Billy BachmanJanuary 19, 2015
    One of the best airports in the US. Its small enough to get through quickly yet large enough to get enough direct flights. The restaurants and never really crowded either. Its quiet as well.
    Upvoted Feb 12
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysSeptember 14, 2015
    Stroll around the campus of the famous Duke University. The Morehead Planetarium is a great place to take the kids on a North Carolina layover with a lot of events, planetarium shows & exhibitions.
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 20, 2012
    Passengers returning home or ending their journey at RDU will be greeted by a stone and glass mosaic mural created by Robert Kushner, featuring a meadow of indigenous North Carolina flora and fauna. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Charles S.
    Charles SilveyOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Airport seems perpetually empty because of the wide open nature of it. This is good for the traveler as you can often find a quiet place to sit. Seats with power are a big plus.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.February 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite airports to fly into/out of (and not just 'cause my mama lives here). Security lines don't exist here and you can always find a decent microbrew next to your gate. #TravelHeaven
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreeneAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    My home airport. TSA is efficient and super friendly, Pre-Check is a snap, and the airport is always clean. Get the RDU Passport to make parking 100% painless!
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsOctober 9, 2012
    Please check to make sure you seat belt is securely fastened. Your seat back and tray table are in the full upright and locked position & all carry-on luggage is placed completely underneath the seat.
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PhillipsApril 26, 2015
    One of the best airports I have used, always tell people what a pleasure it is to have such an uncongested, small but well organized and maintained airport.
  • Nabarun D.
    Nabarun DasguptaJune 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The grilled cheese at Five Guys (not on the posted menu) with the free fixins is the cheapest and tastiest thing you can get here. Three dollars!
  • Big D.
    Big D.July 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I <3 this airport! It is clean, spacious & has funtionally modern & elegant design that really stands out! All airports should look/work like this! :-)
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan TalbotDecember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your boarding passes texted to your phone or download Delta's app. It makes traveling SO much easier. No paper to keep up with, they just scan your phone!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HinkleSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Terminal2 now has TSA Pre Check, if you go through the online screening you get the fast line and may get to keep you shoes and belt on.
  • Dale K.
    Dale KowalewskiNovember 13, 2013
    I highly recommend the RDU Club. For $20 you get free WiFi, free soda and coffee, free snacks, and a Clean bathroom!
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HudgensJune 13, 2012
    Great airport. Nice renovation. 5 guys, Jason's deli and lots of power and USB chargers all over the place. Makes traveling a little less painful.
  • James U.
    James UnderbergAugust 6, 2015
    Nice airport - clean and efficient - some good shops and nice food options - as usual the friendly service in NC is amazing !
  • Megan
    MeganJanuary 1, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The airline elite security lane has been closed down a couple times - don't assume it will be open since you may have to go through the main long line with everyone else!
  • Kelsey S.
    Kelsey SnyderSeptember 19, 2014
    It's definitely among the best airports I've been too. Clean, spacious, has a bunch of shops. They even have a Five Guys here
  • Kiko P.
    Kiko PikeMay 13, 2013
    Need to charge your electronic device? Look under the triangular tables in the waiting areas. They have USB ports as well as regular outlets for charging everything.
  • Miguel Angel B.
    Miguel Angel BaeyensAugust 3, 2016
    Lots of power plugs and free wifi. Some good stores but keep an eye on the monitors, gates change. Usually free seats where you can wait to your boarding.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysOctober 10, 2014
    North Carolina Museum of Art: Worth the trip for the building alone – the light-filled glass-and-anodized-steel West Building won praise from architecture critics nationwide when it opened in 2010.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McLainOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Secret parking near Southwest gates, exit parking on far side then cut across the lane and hop into the open lot. You're welcome.
  • AT&T
    AT&TSeptember 6, 2011
    While you’re waiting for your flight, you can stay connected with AT&T Wi-Fi. It’s easy to connect and free for AT&T customers w/ certain smartphone or home broadband plans.
  • Ivan
    IvanAugust 29, 2014
    Nice airport, terminal 2 has a great environment, comfortable and most of the times relaxed. Carolina Pizza house :D
  • DJ Shiva S.
    DJ Shiva ShivaMay 11, 2014
    Nice airport, clean and easy to navigate (I was at Terminal 2). Has a Five Guys Burger place, which is always a plus.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallFebruary 16, 2013
    Terminal 2 is probably my favorite place to fly from in the country. Relaxed, new, spacious, quick, and beautiful.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KennardFebruary 9, 2015
    I find this airport so easy to negotiate. Signage is great, employees helpful, plenty of food options and shopping while you wait.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SmilowitzApril 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For great healthy food go to the Hudson News on terminal C and check out the Neomonde selection. Great Mediterranean food
  • Natasha H.
    Natasha HiltonNovember 16, 2011
    Getting a garden omelet at 42nd Street Oyster Bar this morning. I've heard really good things about their seafood if you're into it!
  • Howard N.
    Howard NJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Five Guys burger is not far from security at the beginning of the "D" gates, get a juicy burger and fries before the flight; if you want something light, Jason's Deli is next to it!
  • glenn g.
    glenn goldmanSeptember 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    the double dip: a bacon cheeseburger at 5guys and then dip into Gordon Biersch for a 20oz cold one. That's a monster airport meal for under $20!
  • Allen H.
    Allen HallJanuary 23, 2015
    They have goose island ipa at the Carolina Ale House in terminal 2 at the end. It's a great ipa.
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BowmanOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the pumpkin cheesecake at California pizza kitchen. Cupcakes at Brookwood, and some of the other things we have.
  • Duane R.
    Duane ReaughMay 15, 2012
    If you are waiting for a flight to arrive, you can wait at the RDU authority building near the rental car lots. Nobody will hassle you as long as you stay with the car.
  • Kirk T.
    Kirk ThayerMay 24, 2012
    RDU is tops. Excellent shopping, food, bars, etc and charging stations everywhere. As airports go its as good as they get.
  • Wade S.
    Wade StinsonJuly 5, 2016
    Great airport, very clean, many restaurants, and TSA pre check is great to get thought the lines
  • AC C.
    AC ChanMarch 24, 2011
    Great food variety to choose from other than typical fast food. Jason's Deli, Five Guys and Gordon Biersch at the top of my list.
  • Richard L.
    Richard LiuOctober 29, 2009
    One my new favorite regional airports, even better than pdx. Beautifully warm wooden beams provide a great contrast to the steel and cables. Also the only gordon biersch brewery I've seen in these par
  • Jim M.
    Jim MusselwhiteJuly 12, 2013
    The best part of the airport is being welcomed by the giant mugs of the WRAL MORNING NEW CREW on the Jumbotron. Please Pray for Pam Saulsby.
  • Nadia
    NadiaAugust 13, 2014
    Friendly airport! Quick, efficient security lines - one of the best I've experienced.
  • Uzoma N.
    Uzoma NwosuOctober 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    42nd St. Oyster Bar in terminal 2 has decent breakfast without leaving you with that I-just-ate-a-bunch-of-grease feeling
  • s@m
    s@mSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    While waiting for your flight, look up toward the ceiling for the floating clouds made of chicken wire - very artistic against the setting sun.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BaxterSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're in Terminal 1 for a southwest flight, then Char-Grill is a must for lunch/dinner.
  • Victor S.
    Victor SansoneSeptember 20, 2016
    Great place to travel through. Clean and controllable in size with great amenities
  • Rick J.
    Rick JeffriesMarch 24, 2011
    Love this AP. My 4th trip to raleigh this year and every return flight I am the only person at the tsa check-in. Down side is now I have 2 hours to kill
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuchSeptember 13, 2014
    Easy to navigate, quick through security. Decent services (coffee, restaurant, etc.). No need to rush....
  • glenn g.
    glenn goldmanAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to 5guys for an early morning pick-me-up. They're open at 4am and serve a mean bacon, egg and cheese
  • Kellie
    KellieJune 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    42nd Street Oyster Bar is in Terminal 2 and the seafood chowder is excellent!
  • Mehul S.
    Mehul ShethSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    New facilities, lots if light. If stuck for a while there's ample seating at the far ends if the terminal.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaApril 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Simple, clean and super fast security. Free wifi and your typical airport food options.
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    We are investors and problem solvers who can buy your house fast with a fair all cash offer. Read more
  • Benefit Cosmetics
    Benefit CosmeticsAugust 7, 2013
    Did the TSA raid your makeup bag, gorgeous? Benefit to the rescue! Come see our instant beauty rescue vending machine near Gate C3 #FlyBenefit
  • Emily B.
    Emily BrandsNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pre-TSA screening (11/13) is great-no need to take anything out of your bags anymore, nor take your shoes off.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JoosseMarch 2, 2011
    When they say empty your pockets, do it. Everything, not just the metal. Otherwise the full body scanners give a "blurred image" and you get a pat down.
  • Tamika F.
    Tamika FarmerMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop in Carolina Vineyard for a glass of wine. They feature some if not all of the NC wines:)
  • Oz C.
    Oz CruzDecember 4, 2010
    I love our NC RDU airport it's new, has usb and regular eletric outlets.. Very easy access and fast..big A+
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RosenApril 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorites US airport by far. So beautiful. Makes the whole experience peaceful
  • Joel C.
    Joel ChristopherMay 6, 2012
    The circular seating areas at the end of Concourse C are great if you're traveling with a group.
  • DJ Spin
    DJ SpinJune 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The new terminals are insane ... plenty of outlets and USB ports to charge all your toys! Great shops, too.
  • Adrienne H.
    Adrienne HartFebruary 21, 2013
    Bring a charger and a book... Depending on your terminal the food is great!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RomanOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Might be too late for this trip, but try the Triangle Transit bus and some park-n-rides next time. $2 each way sure beats airport parking.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DMay 24, 2015
    An Uber from the airport to downtown Durham only costs $17.50. DO IT!
  • Orkie B.
    Orkie BradleyDecember 13, 2013
    The KFC in the terminals have extremely small meals. Grab something or your spend 10$ on a tease
  • Jay M.
    Jay MacDonaldMay 10, 2014
    Be sure to check out the used book store near D8. Soul in a soulless place like an airport.
  • Logan S.
    Logan SmithAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your walking shoes, because the parking deck is like half a mile from the terminal
  • Jason S.
    Jason SkidmoreApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're hungry, the AJ's bar and grill is surprisingly good for airport food!
  • Kathy
    KathyMay 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Baggage claim is guaranteed to take 20+ minutes from the time you land. Make yourself at home.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DeFilippisJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a burger (or two) at the Five Guys in Terminal 2 before your flight.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonSeptember 27, 2011
    Pack light. Not only are heavy bags a nightmare to carry around, but they are more likely to fall victim to theft, damage or misrouting. For more travel tips and fun, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • Andreas B.
    Andreas BegerFebruary 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite airport in the US. Security is usually quick and efficient.
  • Duck
    DuckFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Best TSA folks in the business! New terminal and great places to eat.
  • David L.
    David LaBarApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Free RDU WiFi works + power/USB charging outlets at gate seats.
  • Greg R.
    Greg RichOctober 10, 2013
    Go through the far right security lane, you don't need to take off your shoes!
  • Jamila L.
    Jamila LNovember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Express airport easy in and out never to busy and clean with large restrooms.
  • Toshi T.
    Toshi TsuboiAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    If you are waiting for someone to arrive, use the monitor in the Starbucks area to watch people coming from the gates.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CrawleyOctober 30, 2013
    TSA is great here. TSA staff at other airports should learn from them.
  • Enzo O.
    Enzo OrsiniAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Second best airport shoeshine. After Houston. Though these guys are enjoyable. From Africa
  • John M.
    John MetidieriNovember 21, 2011
    American Eagle Airlines is the best airline to fly in the northeast region business markets. No contest at all!
  • Mark S.
    Mark Simpson-VosOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you fly Southwest and don't want a long walk to terminal, arrange a ride or take a remote lot shuttle.
  • Nate J.
    Nate JaffeeMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best deal on food: Brookwood Farms, in T2, has $1.49 tacos and bbq sliders. Located in between the CPK and gate C9.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MooreMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly the nicest airport in America! Get some fresh oysters in terminal 2!
  • Zena W.
    Zena WeistApril 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you land after 9p, you'll find friendly staff but no restaurants or shops open, plan accordingly.
  • Nadia
    NadiaAugust 13, 2014
    The Mediterranean cafe has good wraps and pasta salad.
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    Find rare beauties at Raleigh/Durham International Airport's shops! Vintage novels, collectors maps, and sports memorabilia are just a few options.
  • Molly K.
    Molly KrullAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Five guys breakfast sandwich is the best. Brueggers is just as great
  • Will S.
    Will SigmonDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Both terminals are new, modern, and clean now!
  • Stacy
    StacyNovember 26, 2012
    Most efficient security checkpoint I've seen. Long line but moved quickly!
  • Andy J.
    Andy JonesSeptember 26, 2014
    Gate staff do not know the takeon carry bags capacity of the planes they are serving which leads to extreme embarrassment when boarding the plane
  • Damian A.
    Damian AlamedaOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Five Guys Burgers have the most delicious breakfast sandwiches ever.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CarrollApril 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hudson News now sells some Neomonde food. Great healthy alternative.
  • Megan
    MeganMarch 11, 2012
    Nice airport, but don't be fooled by security. It can take 20-30 minutes.
  • Toshi T.
    Toshi TsuboiApril 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you are picking someone up, one of the best places to wait is the Observation Park near General Aviation. Great view of the planes landing and leaving.
  • hana p.
    hana pestleSeptember 28, 2011
    terminal 2 is pretty gorgeous and the USB chargers are awesome! love!
  • Allison H.
    Allison HagenOctober 6, 2013
    Fastest and friendliest TSA I've dealt with in a long time.
  • Karen F.
    Karen F.March 30, 2012
    Love this terminal - plenty of things to keep you busy while waiting for a flight.
  • Miki F.
    Miki FallsDecember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi, bunch of coffee shops, cafes and shops inside.
  • K Y.
    K YMay 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't bet on getting precheck. The line is a time saver but most days they reject 75%+.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RossAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The new southwest terminal is great. Terminal 2 is best for long layovers.
  • Mervin C.
    Mervin ChounAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    2nd edition book sellers sells stamps AND has a little basket that will mail your post cards or letters for you.
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