The cheapest times to fly from RUH to DCA are

  • August 27th to March 4th (except the weeks of December 10th and January 1st)

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 RUH to DCA is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $2962 for Friday flights during early to mid March, or as low as $747 for Monday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Riyadh (RUH) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $749 to $1335 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $750. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid March, with an average price of $1403. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $653 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $956 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RUH to DCA flight.

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

RUH to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RUH to DCA flight is priced close to the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Riyadh. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to DCA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into RUH. Fridays 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 $317 (20%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $906. Return trip prices are from the DCA to RUH 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 RUH to DCA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 5 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 RUH to DCA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 10.98% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See RUH to BWI flights

Destination alternative #2: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 5.54% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See RUH to PHL flights

Destination alternative #3: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 4.71% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See RUH to IAD flights


Flight Hacking RUH to DCA

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 RUH to DCA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Istanbul (RUH > SAW > DCA)

  • Price for both tickets: $872
  • Average savings: $84 (8.79%)

See RUH to IST flights

Hack #2: Istanbul (RUH > IST > DCA)

  • Price for both tickets: $889
  • Average savings: $67 (7.01%)

See RUH to SAW flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 21 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to King Khalid International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6723 miles or 10820 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RUH to DCA flight is about 13 hour 5 minutes.

How many flights go between Riyadh and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 52 available flights from RUH to DCA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RUH
Origination airport name King Khalid International Airport
City Riyadh
Country Saudi Arabia
Latitude 25
Longitude 46.7

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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