The cheapest times to fly from DCA to BNK are

  • January 22nd to May 13th (except the weeks of March 12th and April 2nd)
  • July 30th to September 30th
  • November 5th to December 2nd (except the week of November 19th)

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 DCA to BNK is mid August. Prices can be as high as $3484 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $1377 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to Ballina

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Ballina (BNK) will usually cost between $1452 to $2637 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $1472. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $3082. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1610 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1808 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to BNK flight.

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

DCA to BNK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to BNK flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Ballina, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Washington. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $220 (11%) 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 $1751. Return trip prices are from the BNK to DCA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DCA to BNK can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 4 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from DCA to BNK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Brisbane International Airport (BNE) in Brisbane

  • 104 miles (167 km) away from BNK
  • Usually 24.15% less expensive than BNK
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to BNE flights

Destination alternative #2: Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Gold Coast

  • 46 miles (74 km) away from BNK
  • Usually 9.96% less expensive than BNK
  • 2-layover flights available

See DCA to OOL flights


Flight Hacking DCA to BNK

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from DCA to BNK — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Sydney (DCA > SYD > BNK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1412
  • Average savings: $396 (21.88%)

See DCA to SYD flights

Hack #2: Melbourne (DCA > MEL > BNK)

  • Price for both tickets: $1579
  • Average savings: $229 (12.64%)

See DCA to MEL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Delta, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian, LATAM, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9488 miles or 15269 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to BNK flight is about 18 hour 4 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Ballina?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from DCA to BNK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code BNK
Destination airport name Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
City Ballina
Country Australia
Latitude -28.8
Longitude 153.6


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