The flight time from Washington to Boston is 1 hour, 30 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DCA Washington, DC 5 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 3 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives BOS Boston, MA 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Washington to Boston is 1 hour, 30 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, 40 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 27m
1h 30m
1h 33m
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 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, 30 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, 27 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 1 hour, 33 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 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 63 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Boston 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 Boston, American is 79% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 79% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 88% 10% 2%
American 79% 19% 2%
JetBlue 78% 20% 2%

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
In the Air
Taxiing In
JetBlue 15 63 7 87
American 19 64 7 90
Delta 17 64 10 93

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 0.9
3pm 1.65
9am 1.9
6pm 2.48
6am 1.62
9pm 0.1
7am 1.9
4pm 1.17
11am 1.65
5pm 2.03
8am 1.67
10pm 1.24
10am 1.94
1pm 0.64
2pm 1.74
7pm 1.39
12pm 2.12

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 917
February 877
March 972
April 904
May 903
June 780
July 735
August 759
September 733
October 798
November 723
December 635

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 29.21
Tuesday 28.77
Wednesday 28.77
Thursday 29.12
Friday 28.56
Saturday 15.79
Sunday 27.02

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
JetBlue 2
American 1
Delta 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
8pm 17 64 7 90
3pm 20 63 8 92
9am 20 64 7 92
6pm 18 65 8 92
6am 14 63 10 89
9pm 15 65 8 88
7am 15 64 8 88
4pm 17 64 10 93
11am 14 63 8 87
5pm 18 64 8 92
8am 19 64 7 91
10pm 15 63 6 85
10am 18 63 7 89
1pm 15 62 6 85
2pm 18 63 8 90
7pm 15 64 8 88
12pm 15 62 8 87
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.