See the Getting To & Around Kent County chapter on Page 18 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. There are two major airports that are approximately two hours from Dover AFB: the Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Philadelphia International Airport. Transportation is not provided to the base.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable before your arrival at Dover AFB.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Dover AFB. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 302-677-6930.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Take Interstate 97 south to U.S. Route 50/301 (near Annapolis, Maryland). Drive east on 50/301 toward the Bay Bridge (a toll bridge). After crossing the bridge, continue traveling on Route 50/301 east until you reach Queenstown, Maryland. The highway splits at this point. Go north on 301 until you come to Road 300, then take a right and go until you reach Road 44, where you turn right again. Stay on 44 until it joins Route 8, and continue to Dover. Keep going east through town until you intersect U.S. Highway 13, and take a right (south). Bear left onto state Route 113 from U.S. Highway 13, past the Blue Hen Corporate Center, then bear right onto state Route 113/1. Take Exit 93 for the Dover AFB main gate.
From Philadelphia International Airport
Take Interstate 95 south to Dover. Stay south on either Interstate 495 or I-95. Head to I-95 south (Baltimore). Take Exit 4A off I-95 south toward Christiana Mall and follow signs for Route 1 south to Dover. On this highway there are two toll booths. Take Exit 93 for the Dover AFB main gate.
From Washington, D.C.
Travel east on Highway 50 past Annapolis and across the Bay Bridge (a toll bridge) until you reach U.S. Highway 301. Go north on 301 until you come to Road 302, then take a right and go until you reach Road 454, where you turn right again. Stay on 454; it will turn into Route 8, and bring you into Dover. Keep going east through town until you intersect Highway 13, and take a right (south) turn. Bear left on state Route 113 from Highway 13, past the Blue Hen Corporate Center, and within approximately 2 miles Dover AFB will be on the left.
From Wilmington, Delaware
Travel south on Route 1 toward Dover/Shore Points. Travel approximately 3 miles past the city of Dover until you reach the base (Exit 93).
Take Interstate 97 south to U.S. Route 50/301 and go east toward the Bay Bridge (a toll bridge). Then follow the aforementioned Washington, D.C., instructions.
Military Personnel Flight
If you arrive during normal duty hours, report to your squadron to receive a duty information sheet. Take the duty information sheet, your orders and your in-processing package (a large sealed envelope) to the Military Personnel Flight. Your squadron will assist you with your mandatory in-processing appointments to include the Newcomer’s Orientation. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend the orientation.
If you arrive after normal duty hours or on a holiday or weekend, report to the Eagle’s Rest Inn to sign in, then report to your squadron during normal duty hours.
First duty station airmen will be scheduled for a two-week session of orientation briefings at the First Term Airmen Center upon completion of in-processing. The First Term Airmen Center briefings are mandatory for all newly arriving enlisted first-termers if Dover is their first duty station.
Eagle’s Rest Inn
800 14th St.
The Eagle’s Rest Inn provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for families who are being assigned to Dover AFB.
Temporary lodging facilities feature one- or two-bedroom suites with washers and dryers, cooking facilities, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet and more. Pet-friendly units are available.
Arrange for temporary quarters as soon as you receive your PCS; check availability and room rates online. Contact the lodging office directly for reservations with children and pet-friendly rooms.