There are 8 ways to get from Washington to Chicago by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 45 min

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

$105 - $417

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Bus  •  18 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il 1607 / ...

$75 - $190

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Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 59 min

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

$100 - $368

Subway to Washington Dulles, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) IAD - ORD

$111 - $385

Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 15 min

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

$128 - $505

Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago Midway  •  4 h 5 min

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

$153 - $554

Train  •  17 h 40 min

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

$100 - $310

Drive  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Chicago 700 miles

$65 - $100

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at Chicago, Il. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Washington Union Station station and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17 h 40 min.

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The distance between Washington and Chicago is 597 miles. The road distance is 700 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 17 h 40 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 45 min to get from Washington to Chicago, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Washington to Chicago is to fly which takes 3 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 17 h 40 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 18 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Chicago Midway Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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Washington to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Chicago, Il station.

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  • Distance: 597.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 45 min

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

Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Washington to Chicago hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Washington to Chicago once daily. Tickets cost $100 - $310 and the journey takes 17 h 40 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Staunton
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Train operators
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
wmata.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
21 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 Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 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 Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
18 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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Chicago is 1 h behind Washington. It is currently 7:20 PM in Washington and 6:20 PM in Chicago.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Chicago is 700 miles. It takes approximately 11 h 35 min to drive from Washington to Chicago.

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Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Chicago Midway Airport.

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Book your Washington to Chicago bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 580+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs .

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