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There are 9 ways to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Reagan Washington  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Los Angeles (LAX) DCA - LAX

$110 - $400

Cheapest option

Fly from Washington Dulles  •  7h 19m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Los Angeles (LAX) IAD - LAX

$100 - $371

7 alternative options

Train to Baltimore, fly  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Los Angeles (LAX) BWI - LAX

$126 - $456

Train to Philadelphia, fly  •  9h 38m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Los Angeles (LAX) PHL - LAX

$161 - $473

Train to Richmond, fly  •  11h 20m

  1. Take the train from Alexandria to Richmond Main Street Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Richmond (RIC) to Los Angeles (LAX) RIC - LAX

$220 - $328

Train via Anaheim  •  2 days 16h

  1. Take the train from Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station Southwest Chief

$306 - $453

Bus  •  2 days 18h

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Pittsburgh "Greyhound"
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh to El Monte "Greyhound"

$273 - $399

Train  •  2 days 22h

  1. Take the train from Alexandria to Chicago Union Station Cardinal
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles Southwest Chief / ...

$300 - $422

Drive  •  42h 24m

  1. Drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) 2686.6 miles

$260 - $380

Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) by subway, train, walk and bus

The journey time between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is around 2 days 21h and covers a distance of around 3034 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 2 days 21h. Operated by Metro Washington DC, Amtrak and LAX FlyAway, the Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) service departs from NATIONAL AIRPORT station and arrives in LAX Terminal 1 Upper Level FlyAway Stop. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2 days 21h
Fastest journey time:
2 days 21h
Journey distance:
3034 miles
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
$306
Carbon emissions:
257 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
15:29
Last service departs at:
15:31

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) subway, train, walk and bus schedules

Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) → Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
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The cost-effective way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly, which costs $110 - $400 and takes 5h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly which costs $110 - $400 and takes 5h 25m.

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The distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 2319 miles. The road distance is 2686.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) without a car is to train via Anaheim which takes 2 days 16h and costs $300 - $460.

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It takes approximately 5h 25m to fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Los Angeles (LAX), including transfers and time at the airport.

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The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is to fly which takes 5h 25m and costs $110 - $400. Alternatively, you can train via Anaheim, which costs $300 - $460 and takes 2 days 16h, you could also bus, which costs $270 - $400 and takes 2 days 18h.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 25m.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 3h behind Reagan Washington Airport (DCA). It is currently 8:26 PM in Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and 5:26 PM in Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

Yes, the driving distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 2687 miles. It takes approximately 42h 24m to drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Delta, United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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Map of how to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX).
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  • Distance: 2319 miles
  • Duration: 5h 25m

What companies run services between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA), USA and Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA?

Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) via FARRAGUT WEST station, FARRAGUT NORTH station, ROCKVILLE station, Rockville Amtrak, Chicago Union Station, Fullerton Amtrak Station, Los Angeles, and Union Station FlyAway - 800 N Alameda St at Union Station / Patsaurus Plaza in around 2 days 16h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 12m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Austin
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,300
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Nashville
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $330
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $330
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Houston
Ave. Duration
7h 9m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $360
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $360
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $440
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $460
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $410
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $420
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $420
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $470
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
Flights from Richmond to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 6m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
Train from Alexandria to Richmond Main Street Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$45 - $90
Business Class Seat
$70 - $130
Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$70 - $110
First Class
$75 - $190
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$110 - $160
First Class
$130 - $260
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Rockville Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to Fullerton Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
42h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$190 - $280
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$450 - $650
Train from Alexandria to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
23h 41m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Premium
$310 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $280
Business Seat
$200 - $280
Train from Chicago Union Station to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
43h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $280
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$420 - $650
Business Seat
$460 - $650
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Washington to Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $85
Bus from Pittsburgh to El Monte
Ave. Duration
2 days 8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$230 - $330
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$230 - $330
Flexible
$330 - $470

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