There are 5 ways to get from Washington to Charleston by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly from Reagan Washington  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Charleston (CRW) DCA - CRW

$175 - $919

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Bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington DC to Morgantown, WV
  2. Take the bus from Morgantown WVU to Charleston Transit Mall Morgantown-Charleston

$36 - $72

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Subway to Washington Dulles, fly  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Take the subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Charleston (CRW) IAD - CRW

$201 - $926

Train  •  9 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Charleston Amtrak Cardinal

$60 - $170

Drive  •  6 h

  1. Drive from Washington to Charleston 362.9 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to Charleston is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Charleston is to fly which costs $170 - $950 and takes 2 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Charleston. However, there are services departing from Washington DC and arriving at Charleston Transit Mall via Morgantown WVU. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Washington Union Station station and arriving at Charleston Amtrak. Services depart four times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 9 h 29 min.

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The distance between Washington and Charleston is 252 miles. The road distance is 362.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Charleston without a car is to train which takes 9 h 29 min and costs $60 - $170.

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It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to get from Washington to Charleston, including transfers.

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Washington to Charleston bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Washington DC station.

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

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The best way to get from Washington to Charleston is to fly which takes 2 h 36 min and costs $170 - $950. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $60 - $170 and takes 9 h 29 min, you could also bus, which costs $35 - $75 and takes 10 h 35 min.

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  • Distance: 252.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 36 min

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Charleston, WV, USA?

American Airlines flies from Washington to Charleston twice daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Washington to Charleston 4 times a week. Tickets cost $60 - $170 and the journey takes 9 h 29 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Washington Dulles to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
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

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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Charleston Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 29 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Room
$270 - $380
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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Charleston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Washington to Charleston bus services, operated by Barons Bus, arrive at Charleston Transit Mall station.

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Washington to Charleston train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Charleston Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Charleston is 363 miles. It takes approximately 6 h to drive from Washington to Charleston.

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American Airlines offers flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Charleston Airport.

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There are 26+ hotels available in Charleston. Prices start at $66 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 $2 - $4.

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