The cheapest times to fly from GTF to DCA are

  • January 1st to March 11th
  • August 6th to November 18th (except the week of October 8th)

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 GTF to DCA is late January. Prices can be as high as $1053 for Sunday flights during early April, or as low as $348 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Great Falls, MT (GTF) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $376 to $803 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $418. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early April, with an average price of $710. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $292 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $559 can be considered a good price for a round-trip GTF to DCA flight.

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

GTF to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the GTF to DCA flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Great Falls. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.19, 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 $256 (36%) 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 $451. Return trip prices are from the DCA to GTF 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 GTF to DCA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 15 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 GTF to DCA while comparing.

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

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 4.65% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to PHL flights

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

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 4.16% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to BWI flights

Destination alternative #3: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 1.97% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to IAD flights


Flight Hacking GTF to DCA

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 GTF to DCA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Minneapolis, MN (GTF > MSP > DCA)

  • Price for both tickets: $539
  • Average savings: $21 (3.67%)

See GTF to MSP flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1812 miles or 2916 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop GTF to DCA flight is about 4 hour 15 minutes.

How many flights go between Great Falls, MT and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 67 available flights from GTF to DCA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code GTF
Origination airport name Great Falls International Airport
City Great Falls, MT
Country the United States
Latitude 47.5
Longitude -111.4

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


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