There are 10 ways to get from Kentucky 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 Lexington to Reagan Washington  •  1 h 59 min

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

$175 - $594

Cheapest option

Bus via Pittsburgh, Pa  •  16 h 30 min

  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

8 alternative options

Fly Louisville to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 22 min

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

$134 - $417

Fly Covington to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 23 min

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

$134 - $426

Fly Covington to Washington Dulles  •  3 h 56 min

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

$140 - $1,210

Fly Louisville to Baltimore, train  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Louisville (SDF) to Baltimore (BWI) SDF - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station

$187 - $528

Fly Covington to Baltimore, train  •  4 h 6 min

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

$157 - $957

Bus  •  17 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Louisville, Ky to Cincinnati, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Cincinnati, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
  3. Take the bus from Cleveland, Oh to Washington, Dc

$85 - $216

Bus, train  •  21 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Louisville, KY to Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak 8251 / ...
  2. Take the train from Indianapolis Amtrak to Washington Union Station Cardinal

$129 - $326

Drive  •  10 h

  1. Drive from Louisville to Washington 609.9 miles

$55 - $90

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Kentucky to Washington is to fly which costs $170 - $600 and takes 1 h 59 min.

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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 16 h 30 min.

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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 16 h 30 min and costs $75 - $160.

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It takes approximately 1 h 59 min 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 1 h 59 min and costs $170 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $160 and takes 16 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Kentucky to Washington.
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  • Distance: 452.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 59 min

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

Delta flies from Lexington to Washington 6 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Louisville to Washington via Columbus, Oh, Pittsburgh, Pa, and Pittsburgh, PA in around 16 h 30 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $700
Flights from Louisville to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $600
Flights from Covington to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Covington to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Lexington to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $600
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $800
Flights from Covington to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Covington to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Louisville to Reagan Washington via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $750
Flights from Covington to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Covington to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,200
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 Indianapolis Amtrak to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
18 h 20 min
Frequency
4 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.

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 Louisville, Ky to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Pittsburgh, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Louisville, Ky to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$28 - $40
Bus from Cincinnati, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Cleveland, Oh to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $110
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
Bus from Louisville, KY to Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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