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The cheapest times to fly from DFW to DCA are

  • August 13th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 25th (except the week of December 10th)

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 DFW to DCA is early November. Prices can be as high as $814 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $247 for Wednesday flights around early November.

 

When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $271 to $379 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $284. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $478. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $194 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $319 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DFW to DCA flight.

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

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DFW to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DFW to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Dallas. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below 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 $51 (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 $304. Return trip prices are from the DCA to DFW 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 DFW 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 7 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 DFW to DCA while comparing.

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

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 26.65% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to PHL flights

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

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 0.47% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See DFW to BWI flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1190 miles or 1915 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DFW to DCA flight is about 3 hour 7 minutes.

How many flights go between Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 64 available flights from DFW to DCA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeDFW
Origination airport nameDallas/Fort Worth International Airport
CityDallas/Fort Worth, TX
Countrythe United States
Latitude32.9
Longitude-97

Return Airport

Destination codeDCA
Destination airport nameRonald Reagan Washington National Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.9
Longitude-77

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DFW to DCA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 30% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 3% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DCA heading for DFW about 13 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Washington, DC is about 9 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 13 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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