The cheapest times to fly from IAD to FBM are

  • January 8th to April 15th
  • September 10th to November 25th

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 FBM is early February. Prices can be as high as $2073 for Saturday flights during late July, or as low as $1332 for Wednesday flights around early February.


When to Fly to Lubumbashi

Flying from Washington, DC (IAD) to Lubumbashi (FBM) will usually cost between $1342 to $1936 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early February with an average ticket price of $1372. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $1953. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $581 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1474 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IAD to FBM flight.

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

IAD to FBM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IAD to FBM flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to FBM, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into IAD. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Lubumbashi, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Washington. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $104 (6%) 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 $1509. Return trip prices are from the FBM 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 FBM can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 14 hour 31 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 FBM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ndola Airport (NLA) in Ndola

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from FBM
  • Usually 1.66% less expensive than FBM
  • 1-layover flights available

See IAD to NLA flights


Flight Hacking IAD to FBM

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 FBM — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1204
  • Average savings: $270 (18.3%)

See IAD to JNB flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (IAD > JFK > FBM)

  • Price for both tickets: $1384
  • Average savings: $91 (6.14%)

See IAD to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 20 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Alitalia, American, Austrian, Azores Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Ethiopian, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Luxair, South African, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7521 miles or 12104 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IAD to FBM flight is about 14 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Lubumbashi?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 10 available flights from IAD to FBM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code IAD
Origination airport name Washington Dulles International Airport
City Washington, DC
Country the United States
Latitude 38.9
Longitude -77.5

Return Airport

Destination code FBM
Destination airport name Lubumbashi International Airport
City Lubumbashi
Country the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Latitude -11.6
Longitude 27.5


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