There are 8 ways to get from Washington to Chicago by plane, subway, 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 Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 55 min

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

$100 - $368

Cheapest option

Bus  •  18 h 50 min

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

$75 - $190

6 alternative options

Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway  •  3 h 45 min

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

$105 - $417

Subway to Washington Dulles, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 38 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 Midway  •  3 h 59 min

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

$153 - $554

Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 12 min

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

$128 - $505

Train  •  17 h 40 min

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

$100 - $310

Drive  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Chicago 700 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to Chicago is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Chicago is to fly which takes 3 h 45 min and costs $100 - $420.

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The distance between Washington and Chicago is 956 km. The road distance is 1120 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from Washington to Chicago, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at Chicago, Il. Services depart every two hours, 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 Amtrak and arriving at Chicago Union Station Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17 h 40 min.

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

United Airlines, American 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
1 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Clarksburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 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 Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday to Saturday
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 Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 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
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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
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
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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