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Travel time from New York City to Washington

New York City to Washington airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from New York City to Washington? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Washington, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Thursday, 1:26 pm:  start in New York City
drive for about 38 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:59 pm at the latest

2:04 pm:  John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:29 pm

2:34 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

3:34 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

4:04 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

4:19 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:29 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

4:41 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 27 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:08 pm:  wheels up! take-off from JFK
fly for about 5.5 hours in the air

7:46 pm (local time):  Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA)
Washington is 3 hours behind New York City
so the time in New York City is actually 10:46 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

7:56 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SEA
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 1.5 hours to your destination

9:41 pm (local time):  arrive in Washington

Total travel time: 11 hours

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Flying non-stop from New York City to Washington

How far is Washington from New York City? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 2,374 miles or 3821 km

Flight time: 5 hours, 24 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 11 hours, 15 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.2x faster, and saves you about 6 hours in your total travel time.

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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking 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. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Best day of the week to fly to Washington

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from JFK to SEA, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from New York City to Washington

The most common route is JFK to SEA, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. JFK to SEA
    John F. Kennedy International to Seattle/Tacoma International
  2. EWR to SEA
    Newark Liberty International to Seattle/Tacoma International

Airlines that fly to Washington

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. Alaska Airlines Inc. (AS)
  3. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  4. American Airlines Inc. (AA)

Plan a trip to Washington

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Washington (WA). Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Washington. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Washington like Which cities are most affordable to live in Washington state? Click the button below to explore Washington in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Washington to New York City, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a New York City to Washington road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from New York City to Washington?

If you happen to know New York City, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about New York City!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 2,374 miles
flight time of 5 hours, 24 minutes
Washington is 3 hours behind New York City
589 New York City travel answers
25 Washington travel answers

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