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 Mon, 4 Apr - Wed, 6 Apr airline logo United Airlines £101
Edinburgh Washington DC Mon, 14 Mar - Mon, 21 Mar airline logo British Airways £412
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 7 Apr - Tue, 12 Apr airline logo American Airlines £91
Dublin Washington DC Wed, 17 Feb - Tue, 23 Feb airline logo British Airways £335
Birmingham Washington DC Tue, 15 Mar - Sun, 20 Mar airline logo Air France £409
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 24 Mar - Mon, 28 Mar airline logo SAS Scandinavian Airlines £517
Bristol Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Thu, 25 Feb Multiple Airlines Check rates
Birmingham Washington DC Thu, 24 Mar - Mon, 28 Mar airline logo Aer Lingus £543
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 31 Mar - Mon, 4 Apr airline logo American Airlines £116
Aberdeen Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Thu, 25 Feb Multiple Airlines Check rates
New York Washington DC Wed, 2 Mar - Mon, 7 Mar Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £108
Aberdeen Washington DC Thu, 3 Mar - Mon, 14 Mar airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £449
Boston Washington DC Thu, 31 Mar - Mon, 4 Apr airline logo American Airlines £101
Glasgow Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Thu, 25 Feb Multiple Airlines Check rates
Manchester Washington DC Mon, 14 Mar - Mon, 21 Mar airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £383
Frankfurt Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Mon, 22 Feb Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £394
New York Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Mon, 22 Feb Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £181
Frankfurt Washington DC Wed, 16 Mar - Wed, 6 Apr airline logo British Airways £326
London Washington DC Fri, 8 Apr - Thu, 21 Apr airline logo Icelandair £417
London Washington DC Fri, 4 Mar - Mon, 7 Mar airline logo Aer Lingus £492
Dublin Washington DC Thu, 17 Mar - Mon, 21 Mar airline logo United Airlines £344
Bristol Washington DC Mon, 21 Mar - Sun, 27 Mar airline logo Aer Lingus £557
Glasgow Washington DC Thu, 3 Mar - Tue, 8 Mar airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £425
Edinburgh Washington DC Thu, 10 Mar - Mon, 14 Mar Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £382
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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, 31 Mar - Mon, 4 Apr airline logo American Airlines £101
Glasgow Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Thu, 25 Feb Multiple Airlines Check rates
Frankfurt Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Mon, 22 Feb Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £394
Bristol Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Thu, 25 Feb Multiple Airlines Check rates
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 24 Mar - Mon, 28 Mar airline logo SAS Scandinavian Airlines £517
New York Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Mon, 22 Feb Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £181
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 31 Mar - Mon, 4 Apr airline logo American Airlines £116
Birmingham Washington DC Thu, 24 Mar - Mon, 28 Mar airline logo Aer Lingus £543
Aberdeen Washington DC Thu, 18 Feb - Thu, 25 Feb Multiple Airlines Check rates
London Washington DC Fri, 4 Mar - Mon, 7 Mar airline logo Aer Lingus £492
Dublin Washington DC Thu, 17 Mar - Mon, 21 Mar airline logo United Airlines £344
Edinburgh Washington DC Thu, 10 Mar - Mon, 14 Mar Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £382
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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