Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

  • Bettina K.
    "Check in online the day before your flight, gets you in much faster!"(26 Tips)
    Kendall T.
    "Try the Mediterranean restaurant in the new terminal, yum!"(10 Tips)
    Joey T.
    "Very nice airport!"(10 Tips)
    Meghan P.
    "There is very little to eat in the southwest terminal."(8 Tips)
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  • 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
  • Charles S.
    Charles SilveyOctober 24, 2012
    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.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysApril 20, 2015
    Love it or hate it, Myrtle Beach means summer vacation, American-style. Bikers let their graying ponytails fly in the wind & eat hot dogs in smoky arcades, and whole families roast on the white sand.
    Downvoted Jul 9
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jul 4
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nate P.
    Nate PolselliJune 21, 2013
    If you fly any airline other than Southwest, you will pass through a brand new terminal with great architectural design. Lines are always wicked short. Can arrive 45 min before flight sometimes!
    Downvoted Jul 2
  • Nick E.
    Nick EasterMarch 19, 2015
    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!
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    When the check-in line is as long as the airport itself, don't hesitate to use the curbside baggage check service offered by most airlines. A tip is polite, but it is worth the saved time.
  • Tom S.
    Tom StephensOctober 28, 2011
    The Southwest Terminal (1) bites. Eat before you come to the airport. Charge your devices as well. Cause there is a good chance you won't be either of these while in the terminal.
  • 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.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DustinJanuary 18, 2010
    If you are flying southwest from T1, find the outside parking lot directly across from the far side dropoff. U have to search the garage for the secret entrance but it's a hell of a timesaver.
  • 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.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HollingsworthJune 18, 2014
    If flying #delta airlines, pray to God you don't get a ticket agent named Elizabeth. Waited in line 90 min. just to be told that we could not board. Very rude apathetic & messed up our reservations!
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AvilaApril 19, 2015
    It is filthy. I counted 21 dirty tables including bar area at 610am. I asked the server if they had a bus boy but she said no. People walking out. 8 tables 3 waitresses. Food was regular.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cabana T.
    If you're visiting or living in the Triangle, check out the most relaxing salons in town Cabana - Tanning & Skincare Spas. Go to www.coolcabana.com to learn more and welcome to Raleigh/Durham.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.February 20, 2014
    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
  • Jonathan
    JonathanMarch 30, 2013
    Worst acoustics of any airport I have been to at the southwest terminal. I hope you have noise canceling headphones because I think it is quieter outside on the runway than in the terminal.
  • 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.
  • Megan
    MeganJanuary 1
    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!
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • 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.
  • Nabarun D.
    Nabarun DasguptaJune 11, 2012
    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!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreeneAugust 31, 2013
    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!
  • Big D.
    Big D.July 2, 2012
    I <3 this airport! It is clean, spacious & has funtionally modern & elegant design that really stands out! All airports should look/work like this! :-)
  • Mark H.
    Mark HinkleSeptember 15, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • Abhijith R.
    Abhijith RaoAugust 22, 2011
    If you have a delayed flight, be thankful you're here and not at La Guardia,NY. the new terminal is nice, open and clean. Wish it had free wifi.
  • 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!
  • Chris C.
    Chris C.July 9, 2012
    you'd think by 2012, people would learn how to drop off and pick up people from the airport in a fast and courteous manner. alas, it's not to be...
  • 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 !
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BMarch 16, 2012
    Allow an extra 30-45 minutes for security (over what you would plan for other airports). TSA is notoriously slow here and doesn't seem to make ANY accommodation for busy travel periods.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McLainOctober 14, 2013
    Secret parking near Southwest gates, exit parking on far side then cut across the lane and hop into the open lot. You're welcome.
  • 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!
  • s@m
    s@mSeptember 1, 2011
    While waiting for your flight, look up toward the ceiling for the floating clouds made of chicken wire - very artistic against the setting sun.
  • 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.
  • Michael O.
    Michael OberleSeptember 12, 2013
    Remember Terminal 1 is being upgraded so Not sure if u can but see if u can park as far NorthEast as possible so r close to old part of terminal they're using
  • 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
  • Howard N.
    Howard NJuly 21, 2011
    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
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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