Getting To and From Dallas
Getting Around Dallas
🚗 By Car
🛵 By Scooter
🦶🏽 By Foot
🚈 By Public Transportation (DART)
Buying DART Tickets
DFW to Hotel (Akard Station)
Love Field to Hotel (Akard Station)
Akard Station to the Adolphus
Dallas has two good airports for you.
The larger airport is DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport). The locals call it “DFW”. This is your airport if you are coming in from another country. DFW is a hub for American Airlines, and many other airlines also have flights to DFW. A ride from DFW to the hotel via hired car will cost about $30-40 and take about 30 minutes.
The smaller airport is DAL (Dallas Love Field). The locals call it “Love Field”. This airport is a hub for Southwest Airlines. There are also limited flights from Alaska Airlines and Delta. A ride from Love Field to the hotel via hired car will cost about $20 and take about 15 minutes.
Both airports are connected to public transit, called DART. From DFW, the cost will be $3 and take about 45 minutes. From Love Field, the cost will be $3 and take about 25 minutes. The walk from the DART station to the hotel will take about 5 minutes. See more info below
The hotel is located at 1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX, 75202. If you put that into any GPS app, it will lead you straight to the front entrance, which is where you want to be. The valet driver will meet you and park your car for you. Grab your luggage and come on in!
Dallas was built for cars. Outside of the downtown district, streets are wide and parking is free. Use your favorite GPS app and explore the city. If you are parking at The Adolphus, parking is $32 a night, valet parking only, with unlimited ins and outs. There are cheaper lots nearby, and detailed information about those will be posted closer to the dates of the con.
The Adolphus has a large SUV which will take you from the hotel to any point within 2-3 miles of the hotel between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. They do not commit to bringing you back, although I am told that you can ask, and if they aren’t doing anything, they will pick you up and bring you back.
If you want to rent a car, there is an Avis Car Rental next door to The Adolphus, at 1303 Commerce St. (Disclaimer: This car rental might not be an Avis at the time of the con, but it should still be a car rental.)
Cabs, Uber, and Lyft are available in Dallas.
Instead of a bikeshare program, Dallas has a scootershare program. The scooters are powered by electricity so that you can enjoy the breeze without exerting yourself. They are dockless – pick them up wherever you see them, and leave them wherever you are done without blocking any walkways. The company that rents the scooters is Bird. Download the Bird app before you come to create an account and learn how to use them. Be warned – the scooters are fast, so be careful when you use them!
Many things are within a five-minute walk of the hotel. Look under the Restaurant and the Entertainment sections for more information on things that are close by. If you are going to walk for more than a few minutes, make sure you grab a bottle of water (they are free at the hotel’s front desk). Be aware that, depending on where you come from, pedestrians may be lower on the food chain here than in your home city. Obey the traffic lights and watch for cars and scooters as you walk about Dallas. Dallas is built for cars, not pedestrians, so if you plan to walk outside of the downtown district, make sure your route is pedestrian friendly.
Public transportation in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex falls under the purview of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit). DART has buses, light rail, commuter rail, and trolleys.
More information coming soon
To take DART from DFW, you will head to the DART station at Terminal A. If you landed at Terminal A, head to gate A10. If you did not land at Terminal A, go outside your terminal and look for the orange ShuttleLink vans. Catch one going to Terminal A. Get off at the second stop at Terminal A. Look for the signs giving directions to the DART stop. You will go inside, take the elevator down one level, then head outside and walk to the right. You should be walking down an airy outdoor walkway with shading tarps, flowers, and jaunty music. Breathe in the warm, nurturing air. Get on any train at the DART station – they are all the Orange Line and they are all heading downtown. Sit back and relax, then get off at Akard Station. (A few Orange Lines do not go all the way to downtown – you will get off at Bachman Lake Station, switch to the Green Line going the same direction, and then sit back and relax.)
To take DART from Love Field, head to baggage claim. (Pro tip: Right after you pass out the security gates, there is a restroom on the right up a short flight of stairs. This restroom never has a line, unlike the ones inside security.) At baggage claim, look for signs directing you to the DART stop. Head down an escalator, turn left and head outside. Turn right outside and walk to the bus stop at the end of the sidewalk. This bus goes to Inwood/Love Field Station. The bus is free, but you will have to buy a ticket at the train station. At the train station, head up the elevator/stairs after buying a ticket and take either the Green Line or the Orange Line south to downtown, then get off at Akard Station.
At Akard Station, exit the train and walk toward the front of the train, then take a right on Akard Street. Walk toward the huge screen that you see a couple of blocks away, until you get to Commerce St. Ignore any signs that say “Adolphus” before you get to Commerce St. Turn right on Commerce St. and walk half a block to the hotel entrance. Enter the elegant Adolphus Hotel and prepare for days of fun and puzzles!