The cheapest times to fly from DCA to PNS are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • May 28th to June 24th
  • August 13th to December 16th (except the weeks of August 20th, November 19th, and November 26th)

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 PNS is early November. Prices can be as high as $655 for Sunday flights during early April, or as low as $308 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Pensacola

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Pensacola, FL (PNS) will usually cost between $331 to $443 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $336. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early April, with an average price of $516. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $180 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $359 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to PNS flight.

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

DCA to PNS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to PNS 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 $0.27, 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 $48 (12%) 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 $342. Return trip prices are from the PNS 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 PNS can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 27 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 PNS while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Eglin AFB Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Valparaiso, FL

  • 39 miles (63 km) away from PNS
  • Usually 23.12% less expensive than PNS
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to VPS flights

Destination alternative #2: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, FL

  • 83 miles (134 km) away from PNS
  • Usually 21.31% less expensive than PNS
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to ECP flights

Destination alternative #3: Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) in Montgomery, AL

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from PNS
  • Usually 12.81% less expensive than PNS
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to MGM flights

Destination alternative #4: Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) in Gulfport/Biloxi, MS

  • 112 miles (180 km) away from PNS
  • Usually 5.29% less expensive than PNS
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to GPT flights

Destination alternative #5: Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) in Mobile, AL

  • 65 miles (105 km) away from PNS
  • Usually 3.34% less expensive than PNS
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to MOB flights

Destination alternative #6: Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB) in Hattiesburg/Laurel, MS

  • 145 miles (233 km) away from PNS
  • Usually 4.46% less expensive than PNS
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to PIB flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, American, China Southern, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Shanghai Airlines, Silver Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 816 miles or 1313 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to PNS flight is about 2 hour 27 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Pensacola, FL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from DCA to PNS.


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 PNS
Destination airport name Pensacola International Airport
City Pensacola, FL
Country the United States
Latitude 30.5
Longitude -87.2


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DCA to PNS tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 33% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 20% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave PNS heading for DCA about 14 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Pensacola, FL is about 16 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Envoy: on time
  • Republic: 2 minutes early
  • PSA: 28 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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