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The cheapest times to fly from CHA to DCA are

  • July 30th to February 25th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, December 10th, and December 24th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from CHA to DCA is early September. Prices can be as high as $468 for Sunday flights during late March, or as low as $227 for Tuesday flights around early September.

 

When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Chattanooga, TN (CHA) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $232 to $366 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $261. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late March, with an average price of $361. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $101 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $328 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CHA to DCA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the CHA to DCA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

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CHA to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CHA to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Chattanooga. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.39, which is a bit above average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $56 (16%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $290. Return trip prices are from the DCA to CHA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from CHA to DCA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 55 minutes may be realistic.

 

Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from CHA to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 22.87% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See CHA to PHL flights

Destination alternative #2: Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, VA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 21.49% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See CHA to RIC flights

Destination alternative #3: Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) in Charlottesville, VA

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 20.27% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See CHA to CHO flights

Destination alternative #4: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 19.97% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See CHA to BWI flights

Destination alternative #5: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Newport News/Williamsburg, VA

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 18.29% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See CHA to PHF flights

Destination alternative #6: Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Harrisburg, PA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 9.76% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See CHA to MDT flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CHA to DCA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Lovell Field Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 522 miles or 840 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CHA to DCA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CHA to DCA flight is about 1 hour 55 minutes.

How many flights go between Chattanooga, TN and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 91 available flights from CHA to DCA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination code CHA
Origination airport name Lovell Field Airport
City Chattanooga, TN
Country the United States
Latitude 35
Longitude -85.2

Return Airport

Destination code DCA
Destination airport name Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City Washington, DC
Country the United States
Latitude 38.9
Longitude -77

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from CHA to DCA tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 33% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 48% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DCA heading for CHA about 17 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Washington, DC is about 13 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • PSA: 17 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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