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There are 6 ways to get from Washington to Indianapolis by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Reagan Washington  •  3h 52m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Indianapolis (IND) DCA - IND

$50 - $135

5 alternative options

Fly from Washington Dulles  •  4h 12m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Indianapolis (IND) IAD - IND

$54 - $150

Train to Baltimore, fly  •  4h 6m

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

$90 - $333

Bus  •  16h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Pittsburgh, Pa 4407 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh Amtrak Station to Indianapolis Amtrak Station

Train  •  18h 15m

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

$75 - $110

Drive  •  9h 51m

  1. Drive from Washington to Indianapolis 574.4 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to Indianapolis is to fly which costs $50 - $150 and takes 4h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Indianapolis is to fly which costs $45 - $140 and takes 3h 52m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Indianapolis station. However, there are services departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at Indianapolis Amtrak Station via Pittsburgh Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Washington Union Station station and arriving at Indianapolis Amtrak Station station. Services depart three times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 18h 15m.

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The distance between Washington and Indianapolis is 494 miles. The road distance is 574.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Indianapolis without a car is to bus which takes 16h 20m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 52m to get from Washington to Indianapolis, including transfers.

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

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Washington to Indianapolis train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Washington to Indianapolis is to fly which takes 3h 52m and costs $45 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16h 20m, you could also train, which costs $75 - $110 and takes 18h 15m.

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  • Distance: 493.9 miles
  • Duration: 3h 52m

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Indianapolis, IN, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Washington to Indianapolis hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Indianapolis via Pittsburgh, Pa and Pittsburgh Amtrak Station in around 16h 20m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Indianapolis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from Baltimore to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Flights from Baltimore to Indianapolis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Flights from Reagan Washington to Indianapolis via Raleigh/Durham
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $330
Flights from Washington Dulles to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $380
Flights from Baltimore to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $280
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $130
Flights from Reagan Washington to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $130
Flights from Reagan Washington to Indianapolis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $130
Flights from Baltimore to Indianapolis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $170
Flights from Washington Dulles to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $170
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 Indianapolis Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Seat
$160 - $230
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 Pittsburgh, Pa
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $90
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 Pittsburgh Amtrak Station to Indianapolis Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Indianapolis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 41m.

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Washington to Indianapolis bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Indianapolis Amtrak Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Indianapolis is 574 miles. It takes approximately 9h 51m to drive from Washington to Indianapolis.

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Southwest Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Indianapolis Airport.

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There are 326+ hotels available in Indianapolis. 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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