Duration 17h 15m
Distance 700.3 miles
Average price $100
Frequency 6/week

Trip overview

The average train between Chicago and Washington takes 17h 15m and the fastest train takes 17h 14m. The train runs, on average, 6 times per week from Chicago to Washington. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train via ROCKVILLE station • 17h 12m

  1. Chicago Union Station
  2. Washington
17h 12m
$85 - $119

Chicago to Washington 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 12:56. All services require a transfer at Rockville Amtrak and take an average of 17h 15m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17h 25m.

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The distance between Chicago and Washington is 597 miles. The road distance is 700.3 miles.

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Chicago to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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Chicago to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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Washington is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 11:53 AM in Chicago and 12:53 PM in Washington.

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What companies run services between Chicago and Washington?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Washington once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 16h 36m.
Train operators
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65

About Amtrak Northeast Regional

Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100

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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Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $410
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $250

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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