There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Washington by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Chicago Midway to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 30 min

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

$104 - $418

Cheapest option

Bus  •  18 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc 1602 / ...

$75 - $190

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 51 min

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

$99 - $369

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles  •  4 h 27 min

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

$110 - $383

Fly Chicago Midway to Baltimore, train  •  4 h 17 min

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

$152 - $559

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore, train  •  4 h 41 min

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

$127 - $510

Train to Milwaukee, fly to Reagan Washington  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Reagan Washington (DCA) MKE - DCA

$142 - $628

Train  •  17 h 25 min

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

$100 - $310

Drive  •  11 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Washington 700.3 miles

$65 - $100

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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.

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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 17 h 25 min.

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

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The best way to get from Chicago to Washington without a car is to train which takes 17 h 25 min and costs $100 - $310.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Washington.
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  • Distance: 597.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Dayton
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
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 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 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 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Covington
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore via Covington
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Milwaukee to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
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

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
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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