The flight time from Washington to Boston is 1 hour, 24 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DCA Washington, DC 6 minutes early.
14 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 3 minutes in the air
6 minutes taxiing in
Arrives BOS Boston, MA 13 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
88%
American
86%
JetBlue
86%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Washington to Boston is 1 hour, 24 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 3 minutes.

The flight distance from Washington to Boston is 399 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Boston to Washington
1 hour, 32 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

JetBlue
1h 22m
American
1h 23m
Delta
1h 27m
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

117

Distance

399 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
55
JetBlue
40
Delta
20

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Washington from Boston by plane?

The distance from Washington to Boston 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 Washington to Boston?

The flight time from Washington to Boston is 1 hour, 24 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 3 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 1 hour, 22 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 1 hour, 27 minutes.

What airlines fly from Washington to Boston?

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

Does Southwest fly from Washington to Boston?

Southwest does not fly from Washington (DCA) to Boston (BOS). 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 Washington 6 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 63 minutes
Taxiing In 6 minutes
Arrives Boston 13 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 Boston, American is 86% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 86% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 88% 9% 3%
American 86% 11% 3%
JetBlue 86% 10% 4%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Washington and Boston, 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)
JetBlue 13 62 5 82
American 14 63 6 83
Delta 14 64 8 87

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
8pm 0.85
3pm 1.17
9am 1.71
6pm 1.17
6am 0.63
9pm 0.15
7am 0.97
4pm 1.02
11am 1.3
5pm 1.29
8am 0.96
10pm 0.72
10am 1.02
1pm 0.75
2pm 0.82
7pm 0.68
12pm 0.89

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Washington to Boston 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 995
February 177
March 238
April 272
May 305
June 398
July 423
August 435
September 479
October 532
November 976
December 854

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Washington to Boston 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 19.08
Tuesday 16.98
Wednesday 17.23
Thursday 18.29
Friday 17.5
Saturday 10.56
Sunday 17.37

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 1
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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
8pm 15 63 6 84
3pm 15 63 6 86
9am 14 63 6 84
6pm 14 64 6 85
6am 14 61 7 84
9pm 13 61 5 80
7am 14 63 7 84
4pm 14 63 6 84
11am 12 63 7 82
5pm 14 64 6 86
8am 14 62 6 82
10pm 13 62 5 80
10am 15 62 6 84
1pm 13 63 5 82
2pm 14 63 6 84
7pm 13 63 6 83
12pm 13 62 6 83
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.