The flight time from Washington to Atlanta is 1 hour, 49 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DCA Washington, DC 1 minute early.
16 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 23 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ATL Atlanta, GA 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Washington to Atlanta is 1 hour, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 23 minutes.

The flight distance from Washington to Atlanta is 547 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Atlanta to Washington
1 hour, 40 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 46m
1h 47m
1h 55m
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



547 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Washington from Atlanta by plane?

The distance from Washington to Atlanta by plane is 547 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Washington to Atlanta?

The flight time from Washington to Atlanta is 1 hour, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 23 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 1 hour, 46 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 55 minutes.

What airlines fly from Washington to Atlanta?

Delta, American, and Southwest are the airlines with direct flights from Washington to Atlanta.

Does Southwest fly from Washington to Atlanta?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Washington (DCA) to Atlanta (ATL). On average, they have 27 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 Washington 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 83 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Atlanta 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 Washington to Atlanta, Southwest is 85% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 85% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 88% 11% 1%
Delta 86% 13% 1%
Southwest 85% 14% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Washington and Atlanta, 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
Southwest 14 83 7 106
Delta 16 82 7 107
American 20 85 8 115

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
4pm 0.36
7pm 1.64
12pm 1.48
1pm 1.26
10pm 0.01
10am 0.75
7am 1.07
11am 0.85
2pm 0.72
6pm 0.73
8am 1.77
9pm 0.16
5pm 1.51
6am 2.76
9am 1.05
3pm 1.5
8pm 1.22

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Washington to Atlanta 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 574
February 544
March 594
April 565
May 619
June 577
July 593
August 598
September 573
October 593
November 562
December 554

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Washington to Atlanta 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 19.88
Tuesday 19.88
Wednesday 19.63
Thursday 19.75
Friday 19.65
Saturday 16.44
Sunday 18.33

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
Southwest 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
4pm 16 81 7 108
7pm 14 82 8 106
12pm 14 82 6 104
1pm 18 83 7 110
10pm 17 79 11 108
10am 16 81 6 105
7am 14 83 8 107
11am 15 84 7 106
2pm 18 84 7 112
6pm 16 84 9 110
8am 17 82 8 110
9pm 15 83 8 108
5pm 20 85 8 114
6am 15 85 8 109
9am 21 82 7 112
3pm 18 82 7 108
8pm 19 80 8 109
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.