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

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Fly Lexington to Reagan Washington  •  2h 13m

  1. Fly from Lexington (LEX) to Reagan Washington (DCA) LEX - DCA

$175 - $594

Cheapest option

Bus  •  16h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Louisville, Ky to Columbus, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Pittsburgh, Pa
  3. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC

$76 - $155

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Fly Louisville to Reagan Washington  •  3h 25m

  1. Fly from Louisville (SDF) to Reagan Washington (DCA) SDF - DCA

$134 - $417

Fly Covington to Reagan Washington  •  3h 23m

  1. Fly from Covington (CVG) to Reagan Washington (DCA) CVG - DCA

$134 - $426

Fly Louisville to Washington Dulles  •  4h 3m

  1. Fly from Louisville (SDF) to Washington Dulles (IAD) SDF - IAD

$160 - $411

Fly Covington to Washington Dulles  •  3h 57m

  1. Fly from Covington (CVG) to Washington Dulles (IAD) CVG - IAD

$140 - $1,210

Fly Covington to Baltimore, train  •  4h 4m

  1. Fly from Covington (CVG) to Baltimore (BWI) CVG - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station

$157 - $957

Bus, train  •  22h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Louisville, KY to Delaware St & Market St Indianapolis
  2. Take the train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station Cardinal

$113 - $312

Drive  •  10h

  1. Drive from Louisville to Washington 609.9 miles

$55 - $90

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The cheapest way to get from Kentucky to Washington is to drive which costs $55 - $90 and takes 10h.

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The quickest way to get from Kentucky to Washington is to fly which costs $170 - $600 and takes 2h 13m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kentucky to Washington. However, there are services departing from Louisville, Ky and arriving at Washington DC via Columbus, Oh and Pittsburgh, PA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 30m.

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The distance between Kentucky and Washington is 452 miles. The road distance is 609.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Kentucky to Washington without a car is to bus which takes 16h 30m and costs $75 - $160.

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It takes approximately 2h 13m to get from Kentucky to Washington, including transfers.

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Kentucky to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Louisville, Ky station.

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The best way to get from Kentucky to Washington is to fly which takes 2h 13m and costs $170 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $160 and takes 16h 30m.

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The quickest flight from Lexington Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 37m.

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Kentucky to Washington bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Washington DC station.

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Map of how to get from Kentucky to Washington.
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  • Distance: 452.5 miles
  • Duration: 2h 13m

What companies run services between Kentucky, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

Delta and American Airlines fly from Lexington to Washington twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Louisville to Washington via Columbus, Oh, Pittsburgh, Pa, and Pittsburgh, PA in around 16h 30m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Lexington to Reagan Washington via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Flights from Lexington to Reagan Washington via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Covington to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Louisville to Washington Dulles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Lexington to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Lexington to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Covington to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Covington to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Louisville to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Covington to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Covington to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $290
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $260
Business Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Room
$410 - $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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Louisville, Ky to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Pittsburgh, Pa
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Louisville, KY to Delaware St & Market St Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Book at
megabus.com

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Kentucky to Washington is 610 miles. It takes approximately 10h to drive from Kentucky to Washington.

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Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Lexington Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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There are 853+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kentucky to Lexington Airport is to taxi which takes 14m and costs $30 - $40.

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