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Duration 17h 16m
Distance 699.5 miles
Average price $102
Frequency 6/week

Trip overview

The average train between Chicago and District of Columbia takes 17h 16m and the fastest train takes 17h 15m. The train runs, on average, 6 times per week from Chicago to District of Columbia. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.


  1. Chicago Union Station
  2. Washington
17h 12m
$85 - $118

Chicago to District of Columbia train times

Trains run six times a week between Chicago and Washington. The service departs Chicago at 18:40 in the evening, which arrives into Washington at 12:55. All services require a transfer at Rockville Amtrak and take an average of 17h 16m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.
Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
These schedules are estimated: The schedules shown above are estimated schedules based on typical services on the average day and may vary depending on when you plan to travel. Please make sure you confirm the departure/arrival times and availability with the operator before planning your trip.

Frequently asked questions

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to District of Columbia station. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at FARRAGUT NORTH station via ROCKVILLE station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 12m.

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The distance between Chicago and District of Columbia is 598 miles. The road distance is 699.5 miles.

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Chicago to District of Columbia train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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Chicago to District of Columbia train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Rockville Amtrak station.

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District of Columbia is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 6:38 PM in Chicago and 7:38 PM in District of Columbia.

There are 1658+ hotels available in District of Columbia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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What companies run services between Chicago and District of Columbia?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 16h 36m.
Train operators
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120

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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Train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240

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