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There are 9 ways to get from Washington to Chicago by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h

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

$105 - $218

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Train  •  17h 40m

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

$80 - $120

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Fly Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway  •  3h 50m

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

$135 - $1,108

Fly Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway  •  4h 8m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Chicago Midway (MDW) IAD - MDW

$150 - $4,012

Fly Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 28m

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

$94 - $212

Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago Midway  •  4h 10m

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

$165 - $616

Train to Baltimore, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4h 23m

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

$105 - $256

Bus  •  20h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Chicago "Greyhound"

$80 - $120

Drive  •  11h 35m

  1. Drive from Washington to Chicago 699.2 miles

$65 - $100

Washington to Chicago by train

The train journey time between Washington and Chicago is around 19h 34m and covers a distance of around 773 miles. The fastest train normally takes 17h 40m. Operated by Amtrak, the Washington to Chicago train service departs from Washington Union Station and arrives in Chicago Union Station. Typically 10 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
19h 34m
Fastest train time:
17h 40m
Trains per week:
10
Cheapest price:
$80
Carbon emissions:
65 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
10:59
Last train departs at:
16:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Washington to Chicago train schedules

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

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Chicago is to fly which costs $130 - $1,200 and takes 3h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Washington and arriving at Chicago. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20h 20m.

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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 twice 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 699.2 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 4h to get from Washington to Chicago, including transfers.

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Washington to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Washington 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 4h and costs $100 - $220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 17h 40m, you could also bus, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 20h 20m.

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  • Distance: 597.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h

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

United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Washington to Chicago every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station twice 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 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Columbus
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago Midway via Buffalo
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Johnstown
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Cleveland
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Richmond
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Columbus
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Grand Rapids
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $330
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $420
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $310
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway via Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $380
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
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 Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
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 Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Washington to Chicago
Ave. Duration
20h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $120
Flexible
$120 - $180

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 57m.

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

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Chicago is 1h behind Washington. It is currently 4:23 AM in Washington and 3:23 AM 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 699 miles. It takes approximately 11h 35m to drive from Washington to Chicago.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 313+ 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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