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Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Washington D.C. (DCA)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Washington D.C. (Des Moines International Airport – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) is 897 miles / 1444 kilometers / 780 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 2 hours 11 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Washington D.C. (DCA) is 1023 miles / 1647 kilometers and travel time by car is about 19 hours 10 minutes.

Des Moines – Washington D.C.

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1444
Kilometers
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780
Nautical miles

How far is Washington D.C. from Des Moines?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Los Angeles and Chicago. Here are two common methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 897.416 miles
  • 1444.251 kilometers
  • 779.833 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth’s surface, using an ellipsoidal model of the earth.

Haversine formula
  • 895.313 miles
  • 1440.866 kilometers
  • 778.005 nautical miles

The haversine formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points assuming a spherical earth (great-circle distance – the shortest distance between two points).

Flight Duration

Estimated flight time from Des Moines International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 2 hours 11 minutes.

Time difference

The time difference between Des Moines and Washington D.C. is 1 hour. Washington D.C. is 1 hour ahead of Des Moines.
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Carbon dioxide emissions

On average flying from Des Moines to Washington D.C. generates about 143 kg of CO2 per passenger, 143 kilograms is equal to 316 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Des Moines to Washington D.C.

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Airport information

Origin Des Moines International Airport
City: Des Moines, IA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DSM
ICAO Code: KDSM
Coordinates: 41°32′2″N, 93°39′47″W
Destination Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
City: Washington D.C.
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DCA
ICAO Code: KDCA
Coordinates: 38°51′7″N, 77°2′15″W

Airlines flying from Des Moines (DSM) to Washington D.C. (DCA)

American Airlines