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There are 10 ways to get from Chicago to Washington by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington  •  3h 42m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Reagan Washington (DCA) MDW - DCA

Cheapest option

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore, train  •  4h 43m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Baltimore (BWI) ORD - BWI
  2. Take the train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington  •  3h 54m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Reagan Washington (DCA) ORD - DCA

Fly Chicago Midway to Baltimore, train  •  4h 28m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Baltimore (BWI) MDW - BWI
  2. Take the train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station

Fly Chicago Midway to Washington Dulles  •  4h 26m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Washington Dulles (IAD) MDW - IAD

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles  •  4h 51m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Washington Dulles (IAD) ORD - IAD

Train via Rockville Amtrak  •  17h 16m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak Capitol Limited

Train  •  17h 25m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station Capitol Limited / ...

Bus  •  19h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Washington "Greyhound"

Drive  •  11h 36m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Washington 699.5 miles

Chicago to Washington by train and subway

7 Weekly Services
17h 16m Average Duration
$83 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Washington is to train which costs $80 - $120 and takes 17h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Washington is to fly which costs $110 - $370 and takes 3h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago and arriving at Washington. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19h 45m.

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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 twice 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 699.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Washington without a car is to train via Rockville Amtrak which takes 17h 16m and costs $80 - $120.

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It takes approximately 3h 42m to get from Chicago to Washington, including transfers.

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Chicago to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Washington is to fly which takes 3h 42m and costs $110 - $370. Alternatively, you can train via Rockville Amtrak, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 17h 16m, you could also bus, which costs $85 - $120 and takes 19h 45m.

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  • Distance: 597.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 42m

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

Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago to Washington every 4 hours. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 16h 36m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Covington
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Chicago Midway to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $230
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $290
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $390
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Traverse City
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Richmond
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Knoxville
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Buffalo
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Columbus
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $350
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
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amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$12 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$24 - $70
Business Class Seat
$35 - $95
Amtrak Acela

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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $80
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$15 - $40
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$26 - $75
Business Seat - Adult
$29 - $80
First Class - Child 2-12
$50 - $85
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$95 - $150
First Class - Adult
$100 - $160
Amtrak

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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
Amtrak
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $250
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago to Washington
Ave. Duration
19h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$85 - $120
Flexible
$120 - $180

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The quickest flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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Chicago to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Washington station.

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Washington is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 4:32 AM in Chicago and 5:32 AM in Washington.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Washington is 699 miles. It takes approximately 11h 36m to drive from Chicago to Washington.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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There are 438+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 24 min and costs $1 - $5.

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