The cheapest times to fly from RIC to DTW are

  • August 6th to February 25th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, and December 17th)

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 RIC to DTW is early to mid January. Prices can be as high as $414 for Sunday flights during late June, or as low as $246 for Wednesday flights around early to mid January.


When to Fly to Detroit

Flying from Richmond, VA (RIC) to Detroit, MI (DTW) will usually cost between $253 to $384 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid January with an average ticket price of $294. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $359. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $66 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $320 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RIC to DTW flight.

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

RIC to DTW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RIC to DTW flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Richmond. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.44, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $71 (20%) 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 $285. Return trip prices are from the DTW to RIC 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 RIC to DTW can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 48 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 RIC to DTW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Fort Wayne, IN

  • 128 miles (206 km) away from DTW
  • Usually 10.16% less expensive than DTW
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to FWA flights

Destination alternative #2: Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Toledo, OH

  • 49 miles (79 km) away from DTW
  • Usually 8.59% less expensive than DTW
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to TOL flights

Destination alternative #3: Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Cleveland, OH

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from DTW
  • Usually 8.44% less expensive than DTW
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to CLE flights

Destination alternative #4: Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK) in Akron, OH

  • 133 miles (214 km) away from DTW
  • Usually 6.25% less expensive than DTW
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to CAK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RIC to DTW? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Emirates, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport to Richmond International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 456 miles or 734 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RIC to DTW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RIC to DTW flight is about 1 hour 48 minutes.

How many flights go between Richmond, VA and Detroit, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 66 available flights from RIC to DTW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeRIC
Origination airport nameRichmond International Airport
CityRichmond, VA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeDTW
Destination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from RIC to DTW tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 19% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 13% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DTW heading for RIC about 4 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Detroit, MI is about 3 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 4 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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