The cheapest times to fly from DCA to RAI are

  • January 8th to March 25th
  • 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 RAI is late November to early December. Prices can be as high as $7035 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1357 for Wednesday flights around late November to early December.


When to Fly to Praia

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Praia (RAI) will usually cost between $1376 to $1949 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late November to early December with an average ticket price of $1380. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2999. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1619 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1480 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to RAI flight.

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

DCA to RAI Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to RAI flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.25, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to RAI, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into DCA. Saturdays 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 $375 (17%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1455. Return trip prices are from the RAI 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 RAI can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 7 hour 31 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 RAI while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID) in Sal Island

  • 129 miles (208 km) away from RAI
  • Usually 0.64% less expensive than RAI
  • 2-layover flights available

See DCA to SID flights


Flight Hacking DCA to RAI

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 RAI — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Boston, MA (DCA > BOS > RAI)

  • Price for both tickets: $1003
  • Average savings: $477 (32.24%)

See DCA to BOS flights

Hack #2: Lisbon (DCA > LIS > RAI)

  • Price for both tickets: $1051
  • Average savings: $429 (29%)

See DCA to LIS flights

Hack #3: Amsterdam (DCA > AMS > RAI)

  • Price for both tickets: $1152
  • Average savings: $328 (22.14%)

See DCA to AMS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3627 miles or 5837 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to RAI flight is about 7 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Praia?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 8 available flights from DCA to RAI.


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 RAI
Destination airport name Praia International Airport
City Praia
Country Cape Verde
Latitude 14.9
Longitude -23.5


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