The cheapest times to fly from IAD to MAD are

  • January 8th to May 27th (except the week of April 2nd)
  • 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 MAD is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1282 for Saturday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $504 for Thursday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Madrid

Flying from Washington, DC (IAD) to Madrid (MAD) will usually cost between $506 to $1108 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $554. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $1154. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $599 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $750 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IAD to MAD flight.

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

IAD to MAD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IAD to MAD flight is cheaper than the average and costs less 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

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MAD, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into IAD. Saturdays 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 $198 (23%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $689. Return trip prices are from the MAD 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 MAD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 7 hour 50 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking IAD to MAD

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 MAD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (IAD > JFK > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $469
  • Average savings: $281 (37.42%)

See IAD to JFK flights

Hack #2: Newark, NJ (IAD > EWR > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $538
  • Average savings: $212 (28.29%)

See IAD to EWR flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (IAD > LGA > MAD)

  • Price for both tickets: $556
  • Average savings: $194 (25.82%)

See IAD to LGA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 27 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, COPA, Delta, Ethiopian, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Royal Air Maroc, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, Wizz Air, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3806 miles or 6125 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IAD to MAD flight is about 7 hour 50 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Madrid?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 83 available flights from IAD to MAD.


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 MAD
Destination airport name Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport
City Madrid
Country Spain
Latitude 40.5
Longitude -3.6


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