The flight time from New York to Washington is 1 hour, 21 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves LGA New York, NY 4 minutes early.
25 minutes taxiing out
47 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DCA Washington, DC 5 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

American
77%
Delta
74%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from New York to Washington is 1 hour, 21 minutes. The time spent in the air is 47 minutes.

The flight distance from New York to Washington is 214 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Washington to New York
1 hour, 18 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
1h 21m
American
1h 22m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 15m 30m 45m1h1h 15m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

131

Distance

214 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Delta
66
American
64

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is New York from Washington by plane?

The distance from New York to Washington by plane is 214 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from New York to Washington?

The flight time from New York to Washington is 1 hour, 21 minutes. The time spent in the air is 47 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 1 hour, 21 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 22 minutes.

What airlines fly from New York to Washington?

American and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from New York to Washington.

Does Southwest fly from New York to Washington?

Southwest does not fly from New York (LGA) 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 New York 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 25 minutes
In the Air 47 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives Washington 5 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 New York to Washington, American is 77% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 77% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 77% 18% 5%
Delta 74% 23% 3%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between New York 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
Delta 25 47 5 81
American 25 47 6 82

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
10pm 0
11am 0.22
3pm 1.47
7am 1.89
10am 1.35
7pm 1.38
8am 1.18
8pm 0.41
5pm 1.49
6pm 1.39
6am 1.34
9am 1.35
1pm 1.51
2pm 0.44
4pm 1.1
12pm 1.35

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from New York 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 566
February 574
March 630
April 632
May 640
June 543
July 528
August 575
September 527
October 536
November 584
December 483

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from New York 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 22.04
Tuesday 22.44
Wednesday 22.4
Thursday 22.4
Friday 22
Saturday 6.31
Sunday 13.52

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
Delta 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
10pm 20 43 6 69
11am 24 47 5 78
3pm 25 50 6 87
7am 23 46 5 77
10am 30 46 4 84
7pm 25 47 5 81
8am 23 47 5 78
8pm 28 49 6 86
5pm 26 48 5 84
6pm 28 49 5 86
6am 17 44 6 72
9am 32 47 5 86
1pm 21 47 6 79
2pm 25 52 5 88
4pm 26 47 7 83
12pm 26 47 5 81
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.