Directions from Chicago to Washington

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Recommended option

Fly Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 30 min

  1. MDW - DCA

$104 - $418

Cheapest option

Bus  •  18 h 54 min

  1. 1602 / ...

$75 - $190

6 alternative options

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 50 min

  1. ORD - DCA

$99 - $369

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles  •  4 h 24 min

  1. ORD - IAD

$110 - $383

Fly Chicago Midway to Baltimore, train  •  4 h 6 min

  1. MDW - BWI

$152 - $554

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore, train  •  4 h 26 min

  1. ORD - BWI

$127 - $505

Train  •  17 h 25 min

  1. Capitol Limited

$100 - $310

Drive  •  11 h 34 min

  1. 700.3 miles

$65 - $100

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Chicago to Washington every 2 hours. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago to Washington once daily. Tickets cost $100 - $310 and the journey takes 17 h 25 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Buffalo
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Dayton
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
18 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $190

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chicago and Washington is 956 km. The road distance is 1120 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Washington is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11 h 34 min.

The quickest way to get from Chicago to Washington is to fly which takes 3 h 30 min and costs $100 - $420.

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

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Washington, Dc. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18 h 54 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from Chicago to Washington, including transfers.