The rapidly-growing metropolitan area of Dallas and Fort Worth is served by two airports. Love Field, the city’s first airport, began as a military airfield during the First World War, and now serves domestic flights. It is located 6 miles (10 km) from downtown Dallas. As airplanes grew in size and number, Love Field became congested and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was opened in 1973 and is 21 miles (34 km) from the city. It is the second largest airport in the United States and handles international traffic.
Love Field can be reached by car on Interstate 35E or the Dallas North Tollway (US route 75). Taxi fare from downtown Dallas is around $18 plus tip, and an extra $1 is charged for an airport trip and $2 per extra passenger; shared-ride taxis are available and cost about $15. Shuttle vans also cost $15-18 to downtown Dallas hotels. A number of limousine and car services are available at around $22. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses serve the airport (route 524), and the Orange and Green Line light rail lines stop at Inwood/Love Field; the fare is $2.50.
DFW is also reached by car on Interstate 35E and the trip requires about 30 minutes but can often be longer. Taxi fares are flat rates of $22 to $48, and there are fees of $4 for airport dropoff and $5 to exit the airport, plus $2 per extra passenger. Shuttle van rates average $15-18, and car services quote rates of $45-75 for a sedan, more for a van or limousine. The DART Orange light rail line terminates at the airport, and connects to the Skylink people mover that provides transportation within the airport. Trinity Railway Express (TRE), the commuter rail line linking Dallas and Fort Worth has a station at the airport (CentrePort/DFW), at which the buses that connect the terminal and the remote parking lots also stop. You can also book for Dallas airport taxi for roaming the city. The fare is $2.50 from Union Station in Dallas or the Fort Worth railway station, but the trains are infrequent on Saturdays and do not run on Sundays.