The cheapest times to fly from ORD to DCA are

  • August 6th to February 25th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, and December 24th)

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 ORD to DCA is early December. Prices can be as high as $583 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $197 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $213 to $352 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $232. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $349. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $117 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $276 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to DCA flight.

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

ORD to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.28, 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 $93 (28%) 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 $236. Return trip prices are from the DCA to ORD 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 ORD to DCA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 5 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 ORD to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) in Charlottesville, VA

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 23.64% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to CHO flights

Destination alternative #2: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) in Staunton, VA

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 21.20% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to SHD flights

Destination alternative #3: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 14.49% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to BWI flights

Destination alternative #4: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Newport News/Williamsburg, VA

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 11.41% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to PHF flights

Destination alternative #5: Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Norfolk, VA

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 10.69% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to ORF flights

Destination alternative #6: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 5.62% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to PHL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 611 miles or 983 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to DCA flight is about 2 hour 5 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 51 available flights from ORD to DCA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ORD
Origination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9

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 ORD to DCA tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 32% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 17% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DCA heading for ORD about 22 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Washington, DC is about 20 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 19 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 1 minutes late
  • United: 31 minutes late
  • Republic: 15 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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