The cheapest times to fly from DCA to SLK are

  • January 1st to March 4th (except the weeks of February 5th and February 19th)
  • August 6th to December 16th (except the weeks of September 24th and November 19th)

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 SLK is early December. Prices can be as high as $709 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $386 for Wednesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Saranac Lake

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Saranac Lake/Lake Placid, NY (SLK) will usually cost between $401 to $594 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $403. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $562. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $160 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $478 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to SLK flight.

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

DCA to SLK Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to SLK 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 $0.73, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $81 (15%) 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 $444. Return trip prices are from the SLK 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 SLK can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 43 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 SLK while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT

  • 52 miles (84 km) away from SLK
  • Usually 45.61% less expensive than SLK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to BTV flights

Destination alternative #2: Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) in Syracuse, NY

  • 129 miles (208 km) away from SLK
  • Usually 57.43% less expensive than SLK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to SYR flights

Destination alternative #3: Albany International Airport (ALB) in Albany, NY

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from SLK
  • Usually 51.88% less expensive than SLK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to ALB flights

Destination alternative #4: Watertown International Airport (ART) in Watertown, NY

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from SLK
  • Usually 45.61% less expensive than SLK
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to ART flights

Destination alternative #5: Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Montreal

  • 78 miles (126 km) away from SLK
  • Usually 28.87% less expensive than SLK
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to YUL flights

Destination alternative #6: Lebanon Municipal Airport (LEB) in Lebanon-Hanover, NH

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from SLK
  • Usually 21.34% less expensive than SLK
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to LEB flights


Flight Hacking DCA to SLK

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 SLK — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $435
  • Average savings: $44 (9.1%)

See DCA to BOS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Cape Air, Delta, JetBlue, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Adirondack Regional Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 409 miles or 658 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to SLK flight is about 1 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Saranac Lake/Lake Placid, NY?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 38 available flights from DCA to SLK.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDCA
Origination airport nameRonald Reagan Washington National Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSLK
Destination airport nameAdirondack Regional Airport
CitySaranac Lake/Lake Placid, NY
Countrythe United States


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