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The cheapest times to fly from DCA to ORD are

  • August 13th to February 25th (except the weeks of November 19th and December 17th)

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 ORD is late January. Prices can be as high as $583 for Sunday flights during mid May, or as low as $197 for Tuesday flights around late January.

 

When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $213 to $352 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $230. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $342. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $112 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $271 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to ORD flight.

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

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DCA to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.28, which is below 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 $93 (28%) 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 $234. Return trip prices are from the ORD to DCA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DCA to ORD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 5 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 DCA to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 137 miles (220 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 14.21% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to GRR flights

Destination alternative #2: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 7.20% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to MKE flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 611 miles or 983 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to ORD flight is about 2 hour 5 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 83 available flights from DCA to ORD.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeDCA
Origination airport nameRonald Reagan Washington National Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.9
Longitude-77

Return Airport

Destination codeORD
Destination airport nameChicago O’Hare International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States
Latitude42
Longitude-87.9

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DCA to ORD tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 26% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 30% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for DCA about 23 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 16 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 13 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 32 minutes late
  • United: 24 minutes late
  • Republic: 37 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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