Departing/Arriving at RDU

Planning your great adventure? Plan each step of your journey to ensure the best experience when flying from or into Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Departing From RDU

Arrive at least 2 hours before your flight.  Did you know? Most airlines begin boarding 30-45 minutes before departure. Arrive early to start your journey stress-free!

What time does it open?

  • ParkRDU lots are open 24/7
  • Airline ticket counters generally open at 4 a.m.
  • The TSA Security Checkpoint opens at 4 a.m.
  • The Shops of RDU are open from 4:30 a.m. through last departing flights

Parking made easy. You can’t find closer, better parking than our Premier, Central and Economy lots.

Be ready for the TSA checkpoint/ security screening

Relax before your flight!

Assistance is available. Find out about traveling with disabilities from RDU.

Arriving at RDU

Make curbside pick-up easy and stress-free

  • RDU has a free Cell Lot located near I-40
  • Claim your bags before telling your ride to head to the terminal curb

Find assistance when you arrive

  • Find RDU information desks in bag claim of each terminal
  • Information desks are staffed from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day

Complete your journey with ground transportation

  • Rental Cars use a shuttle system, just outside of bag claim
  • Uber/Lyft are available at RDU