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Washington DC
With so much to see and do in the USA’s capital, you will be searching for more cheap flights to Washington DC as soon as you’ve stepped off your return flight home. For a small city it packs a punch, and it boasts an array of museums. Search with Netflights to find excellent deals on major airlines and the best combination of flights to Washington DC in 2018 / 2019, including indirect flights and last-minute flights.

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The Smithsonian Institution is a collection of 19 museums which are all worth a visit. You’ll have to choose from amongst the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, Freer-Sackler Museums of Asian Art, to name just four.


As you would expect from the city which houses the corridors of power, Washington is full of monuments paying homage to famous American people and events. The Lincoln Memorial is as truly awe-inspiring, as the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial is moving, and as the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial is glorious. Try and squeeze them all into your trip if you can.


Having found your cheap flights to Washington DC, try and work out how to cram your trip full of visits to spaces that have had historic moments. Take a look at the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. Stand at the Lincoln Memorial’s Steps in Martin Luther King Jr’s footsteps and relive his immortal ‘I have a Dream’ speech. Visit the Watergate building and Ford’s Theatre to feel the intrigue and significance of American history.

When to go

Direct flights to Washington DC are pricier in the Summer. You are most likely to find cheap flights to Washington DC in early December, after Thanksgiving, and in January and February when it is the coldest time of the year.
Washington DC experiences all four seasons, so time your Washington DC flights to coincide with the weather that suits you best! If you don’t mind the cold and perhaps a hint of snow, then the winter months will suit you fine. For a lot of sightseeing and mild weather, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn.
Search for last-minute flights in the lead up to Christmas in November and December 2018 / 2019, and find some great deals. It’s a good time to visit if you enjoy crisp days and a festive atmosphere. You may also grab a few bargains during Black Friday sales.

Airports and airlines

The principal airport serving Washington is Washington Dulles. If you want to find cheap flights to Washington Dulles, keep your eyes open for last minute deals, especially during the winter. Also be prepared to travel midweek if you really want to get a bargain.

Washington Dulles Airport

Washington Dulles is 26 miles from Washington DC’s centre with three terminals. Book your return flights to Washington Dulles from London Heathrow with British Airways, United Airlines, Finnair, Lufthansa, Delta Airlines, Austrian Airlines or Virgin Atlantic. View more flights to Washington Dulles Airport.

Getting around the airport

At Washington Dulles you can ride on one of the few remaining mobile lounges to transfer between terminal buildings. However, these are gradually being phased out so you are more likely to find yourself in the AeroTrain, an underground people mover system.

Getting to the city from the airport

There are numerous car hire options at the airport if you want to drive. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the city centre in non-rush hour traffic. Alternatively, you could book a SuperShuttle or the Supreme Airport Shuttle, both of which are private taxi services. The Metrobus will take you directly to the city centre for a very reasonable fee.

Don't forget before you fly

Before your flights to Washington DC depart, make sure that you have applied for an ESTA, which is the permission for you to enter US territory during your stay. You will have to complete an online form in good time before your flight departs. Remember to keep this in mind when considering last minute flights. Once you have received your approval you can travel, and the ESTA remains valid for two years.
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