Photo of a holiday centerpieceRDU Holiday Travel Tips

 

Whether departing, arriving or meeting someone at RDU, the airport can be a busy place during the holidays. Below are simple tips to help you make your travel experience stress free.

Departing RDU?

  • Arrive early. Arriving at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure ensures enough time to check-in, clear security and make it to your gate.
  • Subtract 30 minutes. Most airlines begin the boarding process 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. To make sure you arrive on time, subtract 30 minutes from your departure time when planning your arrival to the airport.
  • Park close. RDU has more than 11,000 daily and hourly parking spaces located within a five minute walk of both terminals. Also, consider our Park and Ride lots, with easy shuttle access to the terminals.
  • Take your ticket. When using the parking garage at RDU, take your ticket with you. When you return to the garage, pay using ExitExpress and avoid lines at the parking garage exit plaza.

Arriving at RDU?

  • Get your bearings. RDU has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Spend a moment learning which terminal you’ll fly into, which will save you time and confusion once you arrive.
  • Know your options. There are many ground transportation options to help you reach your final destination including taxis, Triangle Transit and hotel/motel shuttles.
  • Plan where to meet. Have loved ones meet you at the bag claim in Terminal 1. The Meeting Place, adjacent to the concourse exit, is the best place to meet in Terminal 2.
  • Tell them to wait. If someone is picking you up on the terminal curb, have them wait in our cell phone lot. After you’ve picked up your luggage, give them a call and have them make the short drive to the terminal curb.

Meeting Someone?

  • Use your phone. If you want to swing by and pick up your loved one at the curb, use our cell phone lot. Have them call you after they have picked up their bags. By the time you get to the curb, they should be waiting.
  • Don’t sit, explore. If you arrive early to pick someone up in the terminals, there’s plenty to do at RDU. Check out our art installations in the terminal, enjoy something to eat at Starbucks, Panopolis or The Corner. If their flight is delayed, consider a short drive to Observation Park or get lunch at Crosswinds in the General Aviation Terminal.
  • Know they're coming. Once a plane has arrived, keep in mind that it often takes about 5-10 minutes for your loved one to deplane and exit the secured area.
  • Plan where to meet. Have loved ones meet you at the bag claim in Terminal 1. The Meeting Place, adjacent to the concourse exit, is the best place to meet in Terminal 2.