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Duration 20h 50m
Distance 699.2 miles
Average price $100
Frequency 6/week

Trip overview

The average train between Washington and Chicago takes 20h 50m and the fastest train takes 17h 40m. The train runs, on average, 6 times per week from Washington to Chicago. 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. Washington Union Station
  2. Chicago
17h 40m
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$80 - $120

Washington to Chicago train times

Trains run twice daily between Washington and Chicago. The earliest departure is at 11:00 in the morning, and the last departure from Washington is at 16:05 which arrives into Chicago at 08:45. All services run direct with no transfers required, and take on average 20h 50m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frequently asked questions

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Washington Union Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17h 40m.

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The distance between Washington and Chicago is 597 miles. The road distance is 699.2 miles.

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

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

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

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What companies run services between Washington and Chicago?

Amtrak operates a train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station twice daily. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 17h 40m.
Train operators
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Twice 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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+1 215-856-7924
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $250

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