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Distance between District of Columbia and Ocean City (Maryland)

Driving non-stop from District of Columbia to Ocean City (Maryland)

How far is Ocean City (Maryland) from District of Columbia? Here's the quick answer if you drive this relatively short distance without making any stops.

Nonstop drive: 148 miles or 238 km

Driving time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Even though you can drive this distance straight through, it might be more interesting to stop along the way. You can scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from District of Columbia to Ocean City (Maryland)

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between District of Columbia (DC) and Ocean City, Maryland. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 112 miles or 180 km

Flight time: 43 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 36 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.3x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/4th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

District of Columbia to Ocean City (Maryland) road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Ocean City (Maryland), and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 3.5 hours on the road


Start at District of Columbia.

Drive for about 43 minutes, then stop in Annapolis and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1 hour then stop in Saint Michaels (Maryland) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 36 minutes then stop in Cambridge (Maryland) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 44 minutes then stop at Old Mill Crab House and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 25 minutes and arrive in Ocean City (Maryland).

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

District of Columbia to Ocean City (Maryland) airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Arrival airport: Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 10 minutes

Getting to your destination: 69 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from DCA connecting through PHL and arriving at SBY flying on American Airlines. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Connecting airport: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Connection flight time: 43 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from District of Columbia to Ocean City (Maryland) including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 7 hours

To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:

Plan a trip to Ocean City (Maryland)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Ocean City, Maryland. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Ocean City (Maryland). Click the button below to explore Ocean City (Maryland) in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Ocean City (Maryland) to District of Columbia, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know District of Columbia, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about District of Columbia!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 148 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 45 minutes
flight distance is 112 miles
flight time of 43 minutes
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