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There are 7 ways to get from Washington to East Lansing by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Reagan Washington to Lansing  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Lansing (LAN) DCA - LAN

$102 - $247

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Bus  •  18 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Detroit, Mi 1605 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to East Lansing, Mi 4588 / ...

$77 - $184

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Fly Reagan Washington to Detroit, bus  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Detroit (DTW) DCA - DTW
  2. Take the bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott

$116 - $388

Fly Washington Dulles to Detroit, bus  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Detroit (DTW) IAD - DTW
  2. Take the bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott

$122 - $395

Train to Baltimore, fly to Detroit, bus  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Detroit (DTW) BWI - DTW
  3. Take the bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott

$139 - $475

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  17 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Toledo Amtrak Station Capitol Limited
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Toledo, OH Amtrak to East Lansing, MI - Amtrak 8150 / ...

Drive  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Washington to East Lansing 585.2 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to East Lansing is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 9 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to East Lansing is to fly which costs $100 - $250 and takes 4 h 29 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to East Lansing. However, there are services departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at EBD Gr. River past Abbot Rd via Detroit, Mi and NBD Harrison past Service. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18 h 41 min.

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The distance between Washington and East Lansing is 474 miles. The road distance is 585.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to East Lansing without a car is to train and Amtrak Thruway which takes 17 h 54 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 29 min to get from Washington to East Lansing, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Washington to East Lansing is to fly which takes 4 h 29 min and costs $100 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $190 and takes 18 h 41 min.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Lansing Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 56 min.

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Washington to East Lansing bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at East Lansing, Mi station.

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  • Distance: 473.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 29 min

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and East Lansing, MI, USA?

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from Washington to East Lansing every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to East Lansing via Detroit, Mi, East Lansing, Mi, and NBD Harrison past Service in around 18 h 41 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Lansing via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $480
Flights from Reagan Washington to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Washington Dulles to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Baltimore to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Detroit via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Baltimore to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $480
Flights from Reagan Washington to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $480
Flights from Reagan Washington to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Flights from Washington Dulles to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Washington Dulles to Detroit via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Detroit via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Train operators
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Toledo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
13 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Business Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Room
$340 - $470
Bus operators
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Toledo, OH Amtrak to East Lansing, MI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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, Dc to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $100
Flexible
$110 - $150
Bus from Detroit, Mi to East Lansing, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to East Lansing is 585 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 45 min to drive from Washington to East Lansing.

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American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Lansing Airport.

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There are 43+ hotels available in East Lansing. Prices start at $64 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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