The flight time from Boston to Washington is 1 hour, 36 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 5 minutes early.
16 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 13 minutes in the air
4 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DCA Washington, DC 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to Washington is 1 hour, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 13 minutes.

The flight distance from Boston to Washington is 399 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Washington to Boston
1 hour, 26 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 34m
1h 36m
1h 47m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



399 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Boston from Washington by plane?

The distance from Boston to Washington by plane is 399 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Boston to Washington?

The flight time from Boston to Washington is 1 hour, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 13 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 1 hour, 34 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 1 hour, 47 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to Washington?

JetBlue, Delta, and American are the airlines with direct flights from Boston to Washington.

Does Southwest fly from Boston to Washington?

Southwest does not fly from Boston (BOS) to Washington (DCA). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Boston 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 73 minutes
Taxiing In 4 minutes
Arrives Washington 9 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Boston to Washington, American is 80% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 80% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 82% 15% 3%
American 80% 15% 5%
JetBlue 78% 20% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Boston and Washington, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
In the Air
Taxiing In
JetBlue 16 72 4 94
American 16 73 4 96
Delta 20 80 5 107

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
9am 1.92
2pm 1.53
12pm 1.68
6pm 1.61
1pm 1.4
8am 1.78
6am 1.59
4pm 1.56
8pm 0.7
10am 1.19
5pm 1.2
9pm 1.3
7am 1.37
5am 0.96
3pm 0.77
7pm 1.18
11am 1.66

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston to Washington that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 641
February 615
March 715
April 708
May 741
June 642
July 720
August 757
September 731
October 927
November 831
December 798

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston to Washington that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 26.71
Tuesday 27.23
Wednesday 27.02
Thursday 26.67
Friday 26.27
Saturday 13.29
Sunday 22.54

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
American 2
JetBlue 1
Delta 0

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
In the Air
Taxi In
9am 16 73 4 96
2pm 16 74 4 96
12pm 15 73 4 94
6pm 19 73 5 100
1pm 14 73 4 95
8am 17 72 4 95
6am 18 73 4 98
4pm 16 73 5 97
8pm 17 73 4 97
10am 15 71 4 93
5pm 17 75 4 100
9pm 15 71 4 93
7am 18 72 4 98
5am 15 68 4 88
3pm 16 74 4 96
7pm 18 72 5 98
11am 15 73 4 92
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.