The cheapest times to fly from PQI to DCA are

  • April 16th to May 13th (except the weeks of April 23rd and April 30th)
  • October 8th to November 11th (except the week of October 15th)
  • December 3rd to April 1st (except the weeks of December 24th and March 19th)

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 PQI to DCA is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $750 for Saturday flights during late November to early December, or as low as $331 for Friday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Presque Isle/Houlton, ME (PQI) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $331 to $678 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $381. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late November to early December, with an average price of $536. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $155 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $381 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PQI to DCA flight.

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

PQI to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PQI to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Presque Isle. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.33, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Friday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. 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 $298 (44%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Friday and returning a week later will cost an average of $355. Return trip prices are from the DCA to PQI 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 PQI 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 2 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 PQI to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, VA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 8.79% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See PQI to RIC flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 1 major airline flying this route most often: United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Northern Maine Regional at Presque Isle Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 707 miles or 1138 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PQI to DCA flight is about 2 hour 15 minutes.

How many flights go between Presque Isle/Houlton, ME and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from PQI to DCA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code PQI
Origination airport name Northern Maine Regional at Presque Isle Airport
City Presque Isle/Houlton, ME
Country the United States
Latitude 46.7
Longitude -68

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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