The cheapest times to fly from DCA to PEK are

  • January 22nd to April 8th
  • August 27th to December 9th

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 PEK is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $1677 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $550 for Monday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Beijing

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Beijing (PEK) will usually cost between $643 to $1364 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $640. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1439. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $800 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $870 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to PEK flight.

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

DCA to PEK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to PEK flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to PEK, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into DCA. Fridays 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 $108 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $871. Return trip prices are from the PEK 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 PEK can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 26 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking DCA to PEK

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 PEK — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Orlando, FL (DCA > MCO > PEK)

  • Price for both tickets: $744
  • Average savings: $126 (14.43%)

See DCA to MCO flights

Hack #2: Boston, MA (DCA > BOS > PEK)

  • Price for both tickets: $802
  • Average savings: $68 (7.76%)

See DCA to BOS flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (DCA > JFK > PEK)

  • Price for both tickets: $817
  • Average savings: $53 (6.04%)

See DCA to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 23 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, EVA Air, Finnair, Hainan, JAL, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, SWISS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Capital International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6915 miles or 11129 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to PEK flight is about 13 hour 26 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Beijing?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 93 available flights from DCA to PEK.


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 PEK
Destination airport name Capital International Airport
City Beijing
Country China
Latitude 40.1
Longitude 116.6


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