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Flights to Washington DC

We can fly you to the capital of US politics, Washington with direct, daily flights from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles.

  • We fly direct to Washington (IAD) from London Heathrow (LHR)
  • We fly daily to Washington DC.

  • The flight time from London is around 8 hours 30 minutes

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Take in the Washington Monument, wonder at the White House and Capitol Hill, explore the Library of Congress and discover the epic Smithsonian museums. Although at the end of the day we love to balance out all that history in a fantastic craft beer bar or tucking into some of the country’s most exciting food.

Flying the whole family to the Evergreen State? Keep the kids happy onboard with special children’s meals, and a handy child-safe ‘kids’ mode for our entertainment system. 

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Discover Washington DC

Celebrate spring DC style

In late March and early April, the city is the setting for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a fortnight of performances, exhibitions and events among a sea of flowers. Thrifty travellers can enjoy plenty more free activities in the city.

A real treasure trove

The National Museum of American History, known to locals as 'America's attic', houses hidden treasures as diverse as Dorothy's ruby red slippers and the original Star Spangled Banner. When you're done, check out some more history in DC.

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Celebrity pandas

The National Zoological Park is fantastic – and free. Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are the zoo's most famous residents, but there are 2,000 other animals to meet, too. We've got plenty of tips about Washington's hidden side on our blog.

Check out the view

For an alternative view of the city, visitors in the know skip the Washington Monument and head to one of these rooftop bars. Head to our blog for the inside scoop on the city's late night culture

Take a moment

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be a poignant part of your visit. Pay your respects and share stories with the countless relatives who come here to remember.

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Local information

Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our Washington Dulles International Airport guide.

Washington DC airport guide


The electricity supply is 120 volts in Washington DC. Standard British plugs will need an adapter.

Visa information

Visit our dedicated US visa page, where you'll find lots of useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

How to apply for an ESTA

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Local currency

The currency in Washington DC is the US Dollar (USD).

Local transport

Washington has a good metro and bus system, but it's also one of the easiest cities to walk around in the US.

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Our seats have been carefully designed to help you fly in total comfort during the flight, no matter which cabin you're in. Find out how our Upper Class, Premium and Economy seats measure up.

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Whichever cabin you're travelling in, you'll enjoy exciting inflight entertainment and delicious food and drinks throughout the flight.

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