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Cheap Flights to Washington from $59 One Way, $112 Round Trip

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Washington Flight Information

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Destination Airport IATA Code WAS
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Airlines United, JetBlue Airways, Delta
Flight Price $112
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Travel to Washington, D.C.

If you're planning a trip to the capital of the United States on a budget, visit to find flights to Washington, D.C. People traveling to Washington, D.C., can tour the White House, visit the Smithsonian Museum, and get a panoramic view of the city from the top of the Washington Monument. It's a city where you can learn about the history of the United States, listen to live jazz music in a gritty downtown bar, and shop in upscale boutiques.

Flying into Washington, D.C.

Three airports service the Washington, D.C., area, but most flights arrive at the Reagan National Airport or the Dulles International Airport. Multiple airlines provide flights to and from Washington, D.C., including United Airlines, US Airways, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. You can take a taxi or ride the Metrorail into the city from both airports. Cab fare from Dulles costs between $56 and $64. Cabs at Reagan National Airport use meters. Tickets for the Metrorail cost between $1.70 and $5.75, depending on the time of day and the length of your ride. If your flight arrives at Dulles, you can take the Washington Coach Flyer to the West Falls Church Metro Station for $10. From there, take the Metrorail into the city.

Exploring the City

If you're traveling to Washington, D.C., in the winter, pack warm clothes and a coat. Average winter temperatures range from the high 20s to the high 40s, and snowfall is common. The best time to visit the city is in the spring. Average spring temperatures range from the high 30s to the mid-70s, and the blooming cherry blossom trees near the Lincoln Memorial create a beautiful sight. If this is your first visit to Washington, D.C., visit the Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the White House. Other popular attractions include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Ford's Theater and Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.

Plan a Trip to Washington D.C.

The numerous landmarks, variety of museums, shopping venues, and the vibrant nightlife make Washington, D.C., a good vacation destination. When you're ready to take a trip, visit to find flights to Washington, D.C., tickets to local attractions, and hotel accommodations.

Washington D.C. When to Go

Washington’s summers are blisteringly hot and humid, so plan on visiting in spring and fall when temperatures remain mild and the school-vacation crowds are at their ebb. Each spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival typically signals the start of “tourist season,” though that can also be when the weather is most fickle—sunny and mid-60s one day, rain and wind the next (read: Pack layers). Lots of people come to town for the festival, and there’s no guarantee the blossoms will actually be out, but catch it right and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful spectacles in city travel.

Heat and humidity aside, summer can work if you’re strategic about where you visit. Hit the star attractions first thing in the morning to avoid waiting in line in the sun, and save those off-the-beaten-path spots (hopefully ones with air conditioning) for later in the day. Visit the monuments at dusk for stellar sunset photo ops. Surprisingly, summer hotel rates can be competitive because many of the politicians, businessfolk, and convention-goers aren’t in town.

Fall is ideal, though it doesn’t start for real until October most years and can be fleeting, with chilly northerly winds heralding several months of biting sub-zero days, particularly in January and February. Winter brings subfreezing temperatures and occasional ice, though snow is more rare here than in Northeastern cities.

Frequently asked questions

Am I currently able to fly to Washington?
Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor has everything from in-depth information on travel advice reports to the latest quarantine rules. Make sure you check it out before booking your flight to Washington.
If I am not able to travel because of COVID-19, can I change or cancel?
Many airlines will make an allowance for cancellations or changes due to COVID-19. To know for sure, browse through your chosen carrier’s terms and conditions before booking. You can also check out our Customer Service Portal for any additional info.
Which airlines apply social distancing or other strategies regarding COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant changes to the way we travel. These airlines are among those that have adopted social distancing measures:
  • United Airlines - this airline is known for providing passenger masks and cleaning with disinfectant.
  • Southwest Airlines - this airline is known for providing passenger masks and cleaning with disinfectant.
  • American Airlines - this airline is known for providing passenger masks and cleaning with disinfectant.
Which airlines fly to Washington?
You can choose from 20 airlines that service Washington Dulles Intl. Airport (IAD), the primary airport in the city. Among all that choice, you’re sure to get your hands on a terrific deal. Here are some of the best international carriers that’ll get you to Washington:
  • United Airlines - 654 flights to Washington per month
  • AVIANCA - 134 flights to Washington per month
  • Porter Airlines - 99 flights to Washington per month
What is the best airport to fly to in Washington?
As the city’s major transport hub, most people touch down at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and then use the train service to easily get into town. The terminal is around 4 miles south of downtown Washington. For more options, check out ticket prices to Washington Dulles Intl. Airport (IAD). Another major Washington travel hub, you can often pick up great prices here.
How much is a flight to Washington?
This past week, prices ranged between $112 and $132 for a return fare to Washington. One-way tickets from Boston (BOS) fell to $59.
How to book the cheapest flight to Washington?
Using Orbitz, you’ll uncover some of the most amazing flight deals around from a wide selection of airlines. But if you’d like to boost your prospects of picking up cheap flights to Washington, here are some suggestions we think will help:
  • Consider departing from or arriving at other airports for a cheaper fare. Enter your preferred departure and arrival points in the form fields, then click on the ‘Nearby airports’ function below. It will list the available options.
  • If your plans aren’t etched in stone, click on the ‘Show flexible dates’ link to see the flight deals for alternative departure dates. If you find a better fare, book it.
  • Hit ‘Show options’ to refine your search results. You can pick your preferred airline and seating class here. Under ‘Sort & Filter’ to the left, you can even select whether you’d like to fly in the morning, afternoon or evening.
  • The early bird gets the most rewarding savings, so book as soon as you’ve worked out your travel dates. The cheapest fares sell like hotcakes and prices normally rise as the departure date nears.
  • Bundle your hotels, flights and car rental into a money-saving package deal. Save your hard-earned cash for things that really excite you, like discovering every corner of Washington.
  • Whenever possible, avoid traveling in the most popular seasons. Airfares are usually at their most expensive during school breaks, summer and other vacation periods like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
How long is a flight to Washington?
Flight lengths depend on where you’re leaving from, whether that’s the West Coast, the East Coast or anywhere else. Below are three of the major routes to Washington and average flight times:
  • Atlanta, GA Airport (ATL-Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl.) to Washington Dulles Intl. Airport (IAD) - 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Charlotte, NC Airport (CLT-Charlotte-Douglas Intl.) to Washington Dulles Intl. Airport (IAD) - 1 hour and 27 minutes
  • Detroit, MI Airport (DTW-Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County) to Washington Dulles Intl. Airport (IAD) - 1 hour and 31 minutes
What is the best time to book a flight to Washington?
Generally speaking, January is the best time to book your plane ticket. This is closely followed by February and August. Bear this in mind while tracking down a cheap flight to Washington.
What day of the week is the cheapest to book a flight to Washington?
In general, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the cheapest days to book flights to Washington. If you want the best airfares, search across those days and you’re likely to land yourself an excellent flight deal.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly to Washington?
If you’re chasing cheap flights to Washington, leave earlier in the week. Orbitz data from 2020 shows Monday is the cheapest day to set off, followed by Tuesday. Saturday has the most expensive fares, so avoid flying on this day and do your wallet a favor.
What is the cheapest month to fly to Washington?
Fly sometime in August if you’re sticking to a budget. Orbitz data shows that this is generally the best month for cheap flights to Washington. June is when prices are at their highest.
Which airlines allow free cancellation?
We understand that plans change and flexibility is more important than ever. That’s why you can search for flights that have free cancellation and no change fees on Orbitz. Just click on “Filter by flexible change policies” and we’ll show you fares with more flexibility than a lollipop left in the sun!
What do I need for the flight to Washington?
Whether you’re a seasoned flyer or it’s your first time on a plane, you can never be too organized on your trip. Here are a few tips and things to bear in mind:
  • Travel paperwork such as e-tickets and some identification are essential. To avoid any unnecessary delays when you check in, make certain your booking is made with the same name, gender and birth date as your government-issued ID.
  • A well-stocked carry-on bag is a must for any medium-haul journey. With a few hours or more up your sleeve, you’ll want something to keep you amused on your trip. We suggest a good book or magazine, and something to nosh on.
  • Airplane cabins can get chilly. If you decide to fly during the peak of summer, make sure you bring an extra warm layer just in case.
How many direct flights are there to Washington?
With around 7770 direct flights each month, you’ll be heading straight into Washington and starting a fantastic new adventure in next to no time. Some of the carriers that journey nonstop to Washington include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines. United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines are other frequently booked options.
How do I get cheap first-class/business deals to Washington?
If you think a business or first-class fare is beyond your grasp, you may want to think again. Here are a few practical tips to help you pick up a premium flight to Washington for less:
  • Be flexible. By being open to a range of travel dates, you’ll have better odds of finding a deal on your airfares.
  • Low-cost airlines offer business-class seating at affordable prices. Skip the full-service carriers and check out these cheaper options.
  • Make the most of your airline’s loyalty program and use points to upgrade your seat. Alternatively, you can try bidding for an upgrade in an online auction.
How to get into Washington from the airport?
From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) it’s easy to take the train service to central Washington. Check out its website for timetables and more information. If you’re in town for a while, you can’t beat the freedom of having your own set of wheels. You can grab a Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) car rental right at DCA airport from Budget, Alamo or National Car Rental. Drive 4 miles to get to the city center — and then wherever the road may lead you! Your other option is to take public transportation or a taxi into the downtown area and rent a car from there with our Washington car rentals.
How to get around in Washington?
If you like to be in the driver’s seat, rent a car. Browse through the excellent options at Enterprise and Avis, which are both near the city center. Prefer to travel around Washington with your spare change? Use public transportation. 7th St. Convention Center Station and Gallery Place Chinatown Station are central rail hubs that’ll get you around the city and to all the great sights. White House and Washington Monument are the tip of the iceberg.
What is the best time to go to Washington?
If you want to soak up the atmosphere of Washington in the tourist season, are the best months to visit. June 20 heralds the onset of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and is an awesome time to travel if you’re hooked on the open air. During this time of the year, average daily temperatures usually range from 68Fº (20Cº) to 87Fº (31Cº).

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