RDU’s Top Holiday Travel Tips

More than 169,000 people are expected through RDU during Thanksgiving Week. The following travel tips will ensure your family’s holiday joy can take flight this season!

View our Holiday Travel Guide for complete tips and information.

relaxArrive at Least 2 Hours Early

Did you know that boarding begins 30-40 minutes before your scheduled flight time? Make sure you allow plenty of time for parking, check-in with your airline and security screening.

Choose Your Parking Experience 

Speaking of parking, we have a variety of options sure to fit your needs! View a quick overview. Each lot has both hourly and daily rates. And, be sure to check parking lot status before heading to the airport at rdu.com.

Prepare For Security Screening

Can you remember the TSA’s rule for liquids at the checkpoint? Take time to brush up on security screening tips. This way, you’re guaranteed to leave the screening area with your holiday joy intact.

Take Advantage of Our Cell Phone Lot

If you’re picking up loved ones this season, the absolute best way to do so is using our free Cell Phone Lot. Follow the signs from our I-40 entrances to the lot, then wait until your loved one is waiting on the curb (after claiming bags) before making the 2-3 minute drive to the terminal curb.

Relax and Enjoy Your Travels 

Once you’re here and waiting for your flight, sit back relax and enjoy your travel experience! We’ve got more than 170 hours of live music and entertainment plus more than 40 Shops and Restaurants for you to explore before you take off on your holiday adventure!

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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