Cheap flights to Washington DC

Best Anytime fares to Washington DC

Cheap round-trip flights to Washington DC

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip fares
Boston Washington DC Wed, 21 Oct - Sat, 24 Oct airline logo jetBlue £94
Edinburgh Washington DC Thu, 29 Oct - Thu, 5 Nov airline logo Air France £352
Orlando Washington DC Wed, 21 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct airline logo American Airlines £113
Dublin Washington DC Sun, 1 Nov - Sun, 8 Nov airline logo British Airways £327
Birmingham Washington DC Wed, 21 Oct - Sun, 25 Oct airline logo Air Canada £368
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 1 Oct - Sun, 4 Oct Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £376
Bristol Washington DC Wed, 9 Sep - Wed, 16 Sep Multiple Airlines Check rates
Birmingham Washington DC Wed, 9 Sep - Wed, 16 Sep Multiple Airlines Check rates
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 29 Oct - Sun, 1 Nov airline logo American Airlines £113
Aberdeen Washington DC Wed, 9 Sep - Wed, 16 Sep Multiple Airlines Check rates
New York Washington DC Sat, 12 Sep - Sat, 3 Oct Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £270
Aberdeen Washington DC Tue, 20 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct airline logo British Airways £378
Boston Washington DC Thu, 22 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct airline logo American Airlines £101
Glasgow Washington DC Thu, 17 Sep - Mon, 21 Sep airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £488
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 29 Oct - Tue, 3 Nov airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £351
Frankfurt Washington DC Thu, 17 Sep - Mon, 21 Sep airline logo SAS Scandinavian Airlines £549
New York Washington DC Sat, 10 Oct - Mon, 12 Oct Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £112
Frankfurt Washington DC Thu, 10 Sep - Tue, 29 Sep Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines £599
London Washington DC Sat, 31 Oct - Wed, 4 Nov airline logo Icelandair £421
London Washington DC Thu, 29 Oct - Mon, 2 Nov airline logo Austrian Airlines £429
Dublin Washington DC Thu, 1 Oct - Sun, 4 Oct airline logo Air France £439
Bristol Washington DC Wed, 7 Oct - Wed, 14 Oct Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £503
Glasgow Washington DC Mon, 19 Oct - Mon, 2 Nov airline logo British Airways £377
Edinburgh Washington DC Fri, 23 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct airline logo British Airways £398
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Best weekend fares to Washington DC

Best weekend fares to Washington DC

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip fares
Boston Washington DC Thu, 22 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct airline logo American Airlines £101
Glasgow Washington DC Thu, 17 Sep - Mon, 21 Sep airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £488
Frankfurt Washington DC Thu, 17 Sep - Mon, 21 Sep airline logo SAS Scandinavian Airlines £549
Bristol Washington DC Wed, 9 Sep - Wed, 16 Sep Multiple Airlines Check rates
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 1 Oct - Sun, 4 Oct Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £376
New York Washington DC Sat, 10 Oct - Mon, 12 Oct Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £112
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 29 Oct - Sun, 1 Nov airline logo American Airlines £113
Birmingham Washington DC Wed, 9 Sep - Wed, 16 Sep Multiple Airlines Check rates
Aberdeen Washington DC Wed, 9 Sep - Wed, 16 Sep Multiple Airlines Check rates
London Washington DC Thu, 29 Oct - Mon, 2 Nov airline logo Austrian Airlines £429
Dublin Washington DC Thu, 1 Oct - Sun, 4 Oct airline logo Air France £439
Edinburgh Washington DC Fri, 23 Oct - Mon, 26 Oct airline logo British Airways £398
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Things to do in Washington DC

According to many aspiring politicians, Washington, D.C., is a greedy cesspool. But tourists quickly discover what the locals know: Washington is a pleasant and extremely manageable city. Confining your visit to downtown lets you easily accomplish your to-do list, from the Capitol to the Smithsonian museums to the great marble monuments. But there are rewards for wandering off the National Mall and into D.C.’s neighborhoods. Shopping in Georgetown, the hepcat vibe of the U Street corridor, or the nightlife of Adams Morgan will give a warmer impression of the city than dodging school groups among iconic attractions. Buy an all-day pass for the Metro (the subway system). A local might even help you operate the machine that dispenses passes—despite John F. Kennedy’s assertion that D.C. is “a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.”

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.

Airports in Washington DC DC, US

map of airports in Washington DC
  • 1

    Reagan Airport (DCA)

    Distance from City Center: 3 miles

  • 2

    Dulles Airport (IAD)

    Distance from City Center: 22.3 miles