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The cheapest times to fly from DCA to SAN are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 13th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to December 16th

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 SAN is early September. Prices can be as high as $983 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $319 for Tuesday flights around early September.

 

When to Fly to San Diego

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $340 to $575 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $338. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $541. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $203 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $408 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to SAN flight.

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

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DCA to SAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to SAN 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 $0.11, 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. 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 $105 (21%) 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 $386. Return trip prices are from the SAN 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 SAN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 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 SAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 20.71% less expensive than SAN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 10.54% less expensive than SAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to BUR flights

Destination alternative #3: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 5.27% less expensive than SAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to SNA flights

Destination alternative #4: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 1.23% less expensive than SAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to ONT flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Frontier, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2271 miles or 3655 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to SAN flight is about 5 hour 4 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and San Diego, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 75 available flights from DCA to SAN.

 

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 SAN
Destination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2

 

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