RDU Basics

Flying out of RDU for the first time? Has it been a while since you visited our airport? No worries! Here are some basics about Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Terminals and Airlines

RDU has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is home to Southwest Airlines. Terminal 2 is home to all other airlines.

Picking up Passengers

Use our FREE Cell Phone Lot for the easiest way to pick-up arriving passengers. Simply follow signs from the airport’s entrances and ask your party to call you after they have claimed bags.

Parking Made Easy

RDU has a variety of parking options to meet your needs. All lots offer both hourly and daily rates. View parking lot status on rdu.com.  View an overview of parking options.

Security Screening

Visit our comprehensive security screening tips page for information on navigating the security screening process.

When to Arrive

We recommend arriving 2 hours before your flight time to allow for parking, check-in and security.

  • Ticket Counters open at 4 a.m.
  • TSA Security Screening opens at 4:30 a.m.
  • Parking lots are open 24/7