The cheapest times to fly from IAD to ELS are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 16th to May 13th
  • September 10th to October 7th (except the week of September 17th)
  • October 22nd 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 IAD to ELS is mid January. Prices can be as high as $2585 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $867 for Monday flights around mid January.


When to Fly to East London

Flying from Washington, DC (IAD) to East London (ELS) will usually cost between $880 to $2004 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid January with an average ticket price of $1001. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2114. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1113 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1264 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IAD to ELS flight.

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

IAD to ELS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IAD to ELS flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to East London, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Washington. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $304 (20%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1240. Return trip prices are from the ELS to IAD 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 IAD to ELS can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 1 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 IAD to ELS while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from ELS
  • Usually 4.11% less expensive than ELS
  • 2-layover flights available

See IAD to PLZ flights


Flight Hacking IAD to ELS

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 IAD to ELS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (IAD > JNB > ELS)

  • Price for both tickets: $883
  • Average savings: $381 (30.14%)

See IAD to JNB flights

Hack #2: Cape Town (IAD > CPT > ELS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1052
  • Average savings: $213 (16.81%)

See IAD to CPT flights

Hack #3: Durban (IAD > DUR > ELS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1176
  • Average savings: $89 (7%)

See IAD to DUR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IAD to ELS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, American, British Airways, Delta, Ethiopian, Etihad, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from East London Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8357 miles or 13449 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IAD to ELS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IAD to ELS flight is about 16 hour 1 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and East London?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 12 available flights from IAD to ELS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeIAD
Origination airport nameWashington Dulles International Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeELS
Destination airport nameEast London Airport
CityEast London
CountrySouth Africa


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