The cheapest times to fly from DCA to YCG are

  • January 8th to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • July 30th 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 YCG is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $1279 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $594 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Castlegar

Flying from Washington, DC (DCA) to Castlegar/Nelson/Trail (YCG) will usually cost between $612 to $1038 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 $615. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1048. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $432 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $814 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DCA to YCG flight.

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

DCA to YCG Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DCA to YCG 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 $0.24, 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 $181 (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 $746. Return trip prices are from the YCG 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 YCG can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 47 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 YCG while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Spokane, WA

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from YCG
  • Usually 46.10% less expensive than YCG
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to GEG flights

Destination alternative #2: Kelowna Airport (YLW) in Kelowna

  • 90 miles (145 km) away from YCG
  • Usually 21.82% less expensive than YCG
  • 1-layover flights available

See DCA to YLW flights

Destination alternative #3: Penticton Airport (YYF) in Penticton

  • 89 miles (143 km) away from YCG
  • Usually 5.35% less expensive than YCG
  • 2-layover flights available

See DCA to YYF flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Castlegar West Kootenay Regional Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2110 miles or 3396 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DCA to YCG flight is about 4 hour 47 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Castlegar/Nelson/Trail?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 13 available flights from DCA to YCG.


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 YCG
Destination airport name Castlegar West Kootenay Regional Airport
City Castlegar/Nelson/Trail
Country Canada
Latitude 49.3
Longitude -117.6


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