The cheapest times to fly from DCA to YCD are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • August 13th 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 YCD is early December. Prices can be as high as $1311 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $465 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Nanaimo

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Nanaimo (YCD) will usually cost between $535 to $955 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 $573. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1111. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $538 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $762 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to YCD flight.

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

DCA to YCD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to YCD flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.2, 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 $168 (20%) 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 $663. Return trip prices are from the YCD 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 YCD 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 17 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 YCD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Vancouver

  • 33 miles (53 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 51.02% less expensive than YCD
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to YVR flights

Destination alternative #2: Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Seattle, WA

  • 132 miles (212 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 53.18% less expensive than YCD
  • Nonstop flights available

See DCA to SEA flights

Destination alternative #3: Victoria International Airport (YYJ) in Victoria

  • 35 miles (56 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 20.95% less expensive than YCD
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to YYJ flights

Destination alternative #4: Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Bellingham, WA

  • 63 miles (101 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 6.70% less expensive than YCD
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to BLI flights

Destination alternative #5: Comox Airport (YQQ) in Comox

  • 64 miles (103 km) away from YCD
  • Usually 0.13% less expensive than YCD
  • 2-layover flights available

See DCA to YQQ flights


Flight Hacking DCA to YCD

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 YCD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Vancouver (DCA > YVR > YCD)

  • Price for both tickets: $595
  • Average savings: $167 (21.86%)

See DCA to YVR flights

Hack #2: Calgary (DCA > YYC > YCD)

  • Price for both tickets: $649
  • Average savings: $113 (14.84%)

See DCA to YYC flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (DCA > LGA > YCD)

  • Price for both tickets: $689
  • Average savings: $73 (9.59%)

See DCA to LGA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Delta, Qantas, United, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2391 miles or 3848 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to YCD flight is about 5 hour 17 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Nanaimo?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 24 available flights from DCA to YCD.


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 YCD
Destination airport name Nanaimo Airport
City Nanaimo
Country Canada
Latitude 49.1
Longitude -123.9


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