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

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Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway  •  3h 45m

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

$135 - $268

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Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 24m

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

$55 - $216

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Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare  •  3h 58m

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

$80 - $158

Fly Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 27m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) IAD - ORD

$80 - $182

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

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

$125 - $236

Train  •  17h 40m

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

$80 - $120

Bus  •  18h 50m

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

$80 - $110

Drive  •  11h 34m

  1. Drive from Washington to Chicago 700 miles

$65 - $100

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to Chicago is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Chicago is to fly which costs $130 - $270 and takes 3h 45m.

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

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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 17h 40m.

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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 17h 40m and costs $80 - $120.

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It takes approximately 3h 45m 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, depart from Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Washington to Chicago is to fly which takes 3h 45m and costs $130 - $270. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 17h 40m, you could also bus, which costs $80 - $110 and takes 18h 50m.

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

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 Union Station to Chicago Union Station once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 17h 40m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $340
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Akron
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Staunton
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $240
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $180
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $550
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $370
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $260
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $250
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
18h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $170

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

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

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Chicago is 1h behind Washington. It is currently 10:50 PM in Washington and 9:50 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 11h 34m 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 train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Washington to Chicago bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 664+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $100 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 - $3.

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