The nation's capital can inspire travelers with its iconic national monuments, stimulate minds with its world-class museums and even titillate the senses with its gourmet restaurants, exhilarating nightlife and plush hotels. All it takes to embark on a vacation fit for a president is a ticket for any of the cheap flights to Washington D.C. departing from more than 100 cities nationwide.
Which Airlines Fly to Washington DC?
The D.C. area is served by three major airports: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). About 45 minutes from downtown, Dulles is the largest airfield. Though it supports over 30 airlines, United accounts for well over half of all flights and uses it as its East Coast hub. Direct flights to Dulles depart from roughly 80 U.S. cities, compared to around 70 into Reagan National.Â Reagan is only three miles from central D.C. and connects to two of the city's Metro lines through climate-controlled tunnels. US Airways is its largest carrier and handles most flights, but it also supports Continental, Delta and discount airlines AirTran and JetBlue. BWI Marshall is near Baltimore, about 45 minutes away, and is a hub for AirTran and focus city for Southwest. Direct flights from about 65 cities are available from airlines that also include United, Delta, Continental and Northwest.
Washington DC Flight Tips
Avoid flying to D.C during popular spring break weeks. Many students travel during these peak times for school tours and field trips. Find flight deals to Washington D.C. in late August and early September when weather is cooler and students are back in school.