The flight time from Chicago to Washington is 1 hour, 47 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL 3 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 23 minutes in the air
4 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DCA Washington, DC 6 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Washington is 1 hour, 47 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 23 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Washington is 612 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Washington to Chicago
2 hours, 7 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 45m
1h 48m
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



612 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Chicago from Washington by plane?

The distance from Chicago to Washington by plane is 612 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Chicago to Washington?

The flight time from Chicago to Washington is 1 hour, 47 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 23 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with American being the fastest taking 1 hour, 45 minutes, and United the slowest taking 1 hour, 48 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Washington?

United and American are the airlines with direct flights from Chicago to Washington.

Does Southwest fly from Chicago to Washington?

Southwest does not fly from Chicago (ORD) 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 Chicago 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 83 minutes
Taxiing In 4 minutes
Arrives Washington 6 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 Chicago to Washington, American is 78% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 78% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 84% 15% 1%
American 78% 20% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago 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
American 15 83 5 105
United 19 83 4 108

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
11am 1.2
6pm 0.98
6am 1.66
7pm 1.45
10am 0.18
1pm 1.5
8pm 0.8
9pm 0.43
5am 0.09
3pm 1.49
2pm 0.47
9am 0.96
5pm 0.56
4pm 0.67
7am 1.45
12pm 1.4
8am 1.76

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago 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 537
February 522
March 581
April 545
May 576
June 507
July 513
August 535
September 518
October 514
November 485
December 493

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago 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 18.15
Tuesday 18.12
Wednesday 18.19
Thursday 17.92
Friday 17.88
Saturday 13.08
Sunday 18.31

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
United 1
American 1

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
11am 17 85 4 108
6pm 24 84 3 112
6am 15 86 4 108
7pm 18 81 4 106
10am 19 81 3 103
1pm 17 86 4 109
8pm 18 80 4 104
9pm 14 79 4 101
5am 12 83 7 103
3pm 16 83 4 105
2pm 21 84 4 110
9am 25 84 4 116
5pm 18 81 4 105
4pm 14 86 4 106
7am 16 83 3 105
12pm 16 82 4 104
8am 17 84 4 107
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.