The cheapest times to fly from EWR to DCA are

  • May 7th to July 22nd (except the week of May 14th)
  • October 8th to October 28th
  • December 10th to March 11th

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 EWR to DCA is early July. Prices can be as high as $499 for Thursday flights during early August, or as low as $199 for Saturday flights around early July.


When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Newark, NJ (EWR) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $199 to $264 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early July with an average ticket price of $199. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $321. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $122 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $234 can be considered a good price for a round-trip EWR to DCA flight.

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

EWR to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the EWR to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Newark. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.73, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays 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 $17 (7%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $220. Return trip prices are from the DCA to EWR 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 EWR to DCA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 20 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 EWR to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 7.26% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See EWR to IAD flights

Destination alternative #2: Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, VA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 0.85% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See EWR to RIC flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Emirates, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 198 miles or 319 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop EWR to DCA flight is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

How many flights go between Newark, NJ and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 56 available flights from EWR to DCA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code EWR
Origination airport name Newark Liberty International Airport
City Newark, NJ
Country the United States
Latitude 40.7
Longitude -74.2

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 EWR to DCA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 18% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DCA heading for EWR about 23 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:

  • Republic: 20 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 29 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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