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

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington  •  3h 49m

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

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Train  •  17h 25m

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

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Fly Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington  •  3h 34m

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

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles, subway  •  4h 35m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Washington Dulles (IAD) ORD - IAD
  2. Take the subway from Washington Dulles International Airport, Silver Line Center Platform to Farragut West, Blue/Orange/Silver Line Track 1 Platform

Fly Chicago Midway to Baltimore, train  •  4h 14m

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

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 to Washington Union Station

Bus to Milwaukee, fly to Reagan Washington  •  4h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Bus Station to Milwaukee Mitchell Airport
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Reagan Washington (DCA) MKE - DCA

Train via Rockville Amtrak  •  17h 14m

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

Bus  •  19h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Bus Station to Washington Union Station Greyhound US0164

Drive  •  11h 36m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Washington 699.5 miles

Chicago to Washington by train and subway

7 Weekly Services
17h 14m Average Duration
$34 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Washington is to train which costs $30 - $240 and takes 17h 25m.

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The fastest way to get from Chicago to Washington is to fly which takes 3h 34m and costs $120 - $650.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago Bus Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19h 10m.

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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 637 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 14m and costs $30 - $240.

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It takes approximately 3h 49m to get from Chicago to Washington, including transfers.

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Chicago to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago Bus 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 49m and costs $85 - $330. Alternatively, you can train via Rockville Amtrak, which costs $30 - $240 and takes 17h 14m, you could also bus, which costs $85 - $180 and takes 19h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Washington.
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  • Distance: 636.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 49m

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

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Washington hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $240 and the journey takes 16h 36m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington via Columbus
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Columbus
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $500
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Dayton
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington via Lansing
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $450
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $250
Train operators
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Phone
+1 202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from Washington Dulles International Airport, Silver Line Center Platform to Farragut West, Blue/Orange/Silver Line Track 1 Platform
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Website
https://www.wmata.com
after 9:30 p.m. and weekend fare
$2
Senior / Disabled
$2 - $4
standard fare
$3 - $6
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Thurgood Marshall to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $200
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Schedules at
https://www.amtrak.com/northeast-regional-train
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$1 - $100
Reserved Coach Seat
$14 - $200
Business Class Seat
$50 - $150
Maryland Transit
Phone
1-866-743-3682
Website
mta.maryland.gov
Train from BWI Thurgood Marshall to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $9
Website
https://www.mta.maryland.gov
Senior / Disabled
$1 - $5
Standard Fare
$2 - $9
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 to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $340
Schedules at
https://www.amtrak.com/acela-train
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$9 - $110
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$17 - $180
Business Seat - Adult
$18 - $200
First Class - Child 2-12
$30 - $130
First Class - Senior Citizens
$60 - $270
First Class - Adult
$60 - $340
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 to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $65
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$1 - $16
Child Coach - short notice
$7 - $19
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$10 - $35
Child Business Class - short notice
$11 - $40
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$10 - $24
Business Seat - advance purchase
$22 - $70
Business Seat - short notice
$28 - $55
Coach Seat - short notice
$6 - $65
Train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$30 - $100
Child Coach - short notice
$50 - $85
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$45 - $160
Child Business Class - short notice
$50 - $160
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$70 - $190
Business Seat - advance purchase
$95 - $300
Business Seat - short notice
$100 - $320
Coach Seat - short notice
$80 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Website
https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Child Coach - Advance Purchase
$30 - $100
Child Coach - short notice
$50 - $90
Child Business Class - advance purchase
$45 - $160
Child Business Class - short notice
$50 - $160
Coach Seat - Advance Purchase
$70 - $190
Business Seat - advance purchase
$95 - $310
Business Seat - short notice
$100 - $320
Coach Seat - short notice
$85 - $240
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
+1 (855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Chicago Bus Station to Milwaukee Mitchell Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $45
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult
$9 - $45
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
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago Bus Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $180
Website
https://www.greyhound.com/

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

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Washington is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 4:04 PM in Chicago and 5:04 PM 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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