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Fares from $56 One Way, $197 Round Trip from Washington to Des Moines

Prices starting at $197 for return flights and $56 for one-way flights to Des Moines were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

More About Flying To Des Moines from Washington

Route Information for Flights from Washington to Des Moines

Origin Airport IATA CodeWAS
Destination Airport IATA CodeDSM
Distance907 mi
Direct Flight AirlinesSouthwest Airlines
Earliest Flight Arrival1:30AM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival1:30AM UTC

Flights Review

Dec 1, 2019

The staff is organized and considerate of the needs of each person.

Jun 14, 2019

Delayed but bearable. Had to reboot something in the cockpit before takeoff but good to be safe.

Fly from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines

There are many reasons to fly from the nation s capital to the capital of Iowa. Whether it is for business or pleasure, you ll enjoy your time in Des Moines. Des Moines offers a friendly and easy-paced destination with plenty to do. You can fly from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines in under three hours. Your trip starts at the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in northern Virginia. You can get to DCA off of Highway 1 or by taking a 15-minute ride on the Metro from the Capital.


A good place to start your exploration of the city is the state capital building. The spectacular architecture is topped off with its sparkling gold-leaf dome. The Des Moines Art Center has an impressive collection of contemporary art. Afterward, you may want to take a time out from your travels to rest at the PapaJohn Sculpture Park, which features acres of public art. Nearby is the Salisbury House, a beautiful 1920 mansion designated a national treasure. It is also a popular spot for performances in the evening.

Hints and tips

When you fly from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines, you ll land at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM). The airport lies on the south side of town about 20 minutes from downtown by car. Autumn offers visitors spectacular colors and cool city temperatures averaging in the high 50s. The Iowa State Fair in August is the biggest event in the state.

Flights from Washington to Des Moines - Frequently Asked Questions

Are there non-stop flights from Washington to Des Moines?

Yes, American Airlines will take you directly from Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National) to Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), so you won't have to stress about tedious stopovers or missing that connecting flight.

What is the shortest flight from Washington to Des Moines?

It can take as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes to jet from Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National) to Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.). Take a seat and enjoy the service, because you’ll be disembarking in a flash.

What airlines fly from Washington to Des Moines most frequently?

American Airlines is the most frequent flyer along this route. This top-rated carrier operates 43 flights from Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National) to Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.) every month.

If I am not able to travel due to COVID-19, can I cancel my flight to Des Moines?

We get that traveling right now has its challenges, so it's good to know that many reservations booked through us are able to be cancelled or changed. If your travel plans to Des Moines have been affected by COVID-19, a lot of airlines are making things easier by offering credits to use at a later date. Just sign in to your account and you'll quickly see what options are available. Our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more information.

Are there flights to Des Moines with flexible change policies?

In most cases you'll have the option to reschedule your flight to Des Moines without a change fee. All you have to do then is pay the difference between the old flight and the new one. Look for the "no change fees" filter and book with confidence.

What is the cheapest day of the week to fly?

Consider flying out early in the week to save on your airfare. Orbitz data from 2019 shows that Tuesday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Monday. Saturday showed the highest average ticket prices likely because many travelers prefer to start their vacation on a weekend.

What is the cheapest month to fly?

We won't keep you guessing, according to Orbitz data the cheapest month to fly is February. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a fresh start to the new year. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly isn't the height of summer, as most people assume, but the festive month of December.

How can I save money on flights?

To really save big on your next vacation, think outside the box. Select two different airlines or fare types for your return trip and you'll generally get a much better deal. Those who tried this on Orbitz in 2019 saved over 50% on their airfares. Get mixing and matching today!

*According to flight demand on from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.

^Savings based on all package bookings with Flight + Hotel made on from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.