san-to-dca

 

The cheapest times to fly from SAN to DCA are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • August 6th to November 18th

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 SAN to DCA is early September. Prices can be as high as $970 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $319 for Tuesday flights around early September.

 

When to Fly to Washington

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $343 to $597 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $340. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $542. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $202 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $408 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to DCA flight.

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

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SAN to DCA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far 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 $105 (21%) 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 $386. Return trip prices are from the DCA to SAN flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SAN 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 5 hour 4 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 SAN 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 19.24% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to BWI flights

Destination alternative #2: Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Norfolk, VA

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 17.65% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to ORF flights

Destination alternative #3: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Newport News/Williamsburg, VA

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 10.54% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to PHF flights

Destination alternative #4: Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Harrisburg, PA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 6.13% less expensive than DCA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SAN to MDT flights

Destination alternative #5: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 0.37% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to IAD flights

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

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
  • Usually 4.66% less expensive than DCA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SAN to PHL flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Frontier, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Diego International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2271 miles or 3655 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to DCA flight is about 5 hour 4 minutes.

How many flights go between San Diego, CA and Washington, DC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 108 available flights from SAN to DCA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination code SAN
Origination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2

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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