The cheapest times to fly from DCA to SWA are

  • February 12th to May 6th (except the week of April 2nd)
  • August 27th to December 9th (except the week of October 8th)

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 SWA is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $2715 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $1128 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $1201 to $1835 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $1204. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1958. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $754 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1381 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to SWA flight.

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

DCA to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to SWA 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 $0.11, 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. 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 $99 (7%) 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 $1398. Return trip prices are from the SWA 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 SWA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 15 hour 27 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 SWA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Gaoqi Airport (XMN) in Xiamen

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from SWA
  • Usually 24.22% less expensive than SWA
  • 2-layover flights available

See DCA to XMN flights


Flight Hacking DCA to SWA

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 SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Shanghai (DCA > PVG > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1004
  • Average savings: $377 (27.3%)

See DCA to PVG flights

Hack #2: Bangkok (DCA > BKK > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1118
  • Average savings: $263 (19.04%)

See DCA to BKK flights

Hack #3: Hanoi (DCA > HAN > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1122
  • Average savings: $259 (18.75%)

See DCA to HAN flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, American, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Shanghai Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8041 miles or 12941 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to SWA flight is about 15 hour 27 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Shantou?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from DCA to SWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codeSWA
Destination airport nameWaisha Airport


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