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The cheapest times to fly from DEN to DCA are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • August 6th to November 18th

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 DEN to DCA is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $874 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $177 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.

 

When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Denver, CO (DEN) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $183 to $530 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $203. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $502. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $299 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $320 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DEN to DCA flight.

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

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DEN to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DEN to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Denver. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, 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 $106 (28%) 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 $279. Return trip prices are from the DCA to DEN 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 DEN to DCA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 38 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from DEN to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 11.09% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to PHL flights

Destination alternative #2: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 3.75% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to BWI flights

Destination alternative #3: Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Norfolk, VA

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 0.31% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to ORF flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DEN to DCA? 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, Frontier, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1472 miles or 2369 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DEN to DCA flight is about 3 hour 38 minutes.

How many flights go between Denver, CO and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 121 available flights from DEN to DCA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination code DEN
Origination airport name Denver International Airport
City Denver, CO
Country the United States
Latitude 39.9
Longitude -104.7

Return Airport

Destination code DCA
Destination airport name Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City Washington, DC
Country the United States
Latitude 38.9
Longitude -77

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DEN to DCA tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 35% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 23% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DCA heading for DEN about 18 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Washington, DC is about 15 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • United: 10 minutes late
  • Frontier: 20 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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