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There are 7 ways to get from St. Louis to Washington by plane, train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h 43m

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Reagan Washington (DCA) STL - DCA

$134 - $386

Cheapest option

Bus via Pittsburgh, PA  •  20h 50m

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Pittsburgh, Pa 1684
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC

$88 - $188

5 alternative options

Fly to Washington Dulles  •  4h 27m

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Washington Dulles (IAD) STL - IAD

$140 - $390

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  4h 25m

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

$198 - $528

Bus  •  22h 35m

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Harrisburg, Pa 1612 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Washington, Dc 4697 / ...

$93 - $227

Train  •  24h 5m

  1. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Chicago Union Station Lincoln Service / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station Capitol Limited

$151 - $438

Drive  •  13h 58m

  1. Drive from St. Louis to Washington 817.5 miles

$80 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from St. Louis to Washington is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 13h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from St. Louis to Washington is to fly which costs $130 - $390 and takes 3h 43m.

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No, there is no direct bus from St. Louis to Washington. However, there are services departing from St Louis, Mo and arriving at Washington DC via Pittsburgh, PA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from St. Louis station to Washington station. However, there are services departing from St. Louis Gateway Station and arriving at Washington Union Station via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 5m.

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The distance between St. Louis and Washington is 713 miles. The road distance is 817.5 miles.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Washington without a car is to bus which takes 20h 50m and costs $85 - $190.

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It takes approximately 3h 43m to get from St. Louis to Washington, including transfers.

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St. Louis to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from St Louis, Mo station.

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St. Louis to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at St. Louis Gateway Station.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Washington is to fly which takes 3h 43m and costs $130 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $85 - $190 and takes 20h 50m, you could also train, which costs $150 - $440 and takes 24h 5m.

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Map of how to get from St. Louis to Washington.
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  • Distance: 712.9 miles
  • Duration: 3h 43m

What companies run services between St. Louis, MO, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from St. Louis to Washington hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from St. Louis to Washington via Pittsburgh, Pa and Pittsburgh, PA in around 20h 50m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from St. Louis to Reagan Washington via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from St. Louis to Reagan Washington via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from St. Louis to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from St. Louis to Washington Dulles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from St. Louis to Reagan Washington via Covington
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Flights from St. Louis to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from St. Louis to Washington Dulles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore via Covington
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from St. Louis to Baltimore via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from St. Louis to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from St. Louis to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
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 St. Louis Gateway Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 25m
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 St Louis, Mo to Pittsburgh, Pa
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $100
Flexible
$110 - $150
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
18h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $190
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40

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The quickest flight from St. Louis Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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St. Louis to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Washington, Dc station.

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Washington is 1h ahead of St. Louis. It is currently 8:46 AM in St. Louis and 9:46 AM in Washington.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between St. Louis to Washington is 817 miles. It takes approximately 13h 58m to drive from St. Louis to Washington.

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Delta, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from St. Louis Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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Book your St. Louis to Washington bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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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 St. Louis to St. Louis Airport is to train which takes 31m and costs $3.

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