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Travel Information from Chicago to Washington, DC

distanceDistance593 miles (956 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$70 - $119
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $70 (€56) • 19 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $119 (€95) • 1 h 44 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, American Airlines or Amtrak

Travel 593 miles (956 km) by bus, flight or train from Chicago to Washington, DC. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 44 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $70 (€56). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Greyhound, American Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Chicago to Washington, DC.

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FAQs
How do I travel from Chicago to Washington, DC?

There are 3 ways to get from Chicago to Washington, DC: bus, flight or train.

How do I get from Chicago to Washington, DC the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Washington, DC is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $70 (€56) compared to other travel options to Washington, DC:

Taking a bus is usually $49 (€39) less than taking a flight to Washington, DC, which costs on average $119 (€95) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is usually $22 (€17) less than taking a train to Washington, DC, which costs on average $92 (€73) for the same trip.

What is the fastest way from Chicago to Washington, DC?

The fastest way to get to Washington, DC from Chicago is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 44 min.

Other travel options to Washington, DC can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 19 h 45 min.

In comparison, getting to Washington, DC by train can take on average 17 h 25 min.

How many miles from Chicago to Washington, DC would I travel?

The Chicago to Washington, DC distance is around 593 miles (956 km).

What are the departure and arrival points in Chicago and in Washington, DC?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Chicago to Washington, DC:

    Which travel companies can take me from Chicago to Washington, DC?

    If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Chicago to Washington, DC, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

    • Travel with Greyhound to go to Washington, DC by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Greyhound Chicago to Washington, DC tickets on Omio for $70 (€56).
    • Travel with American Airlines to go to Washington, DC by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find American Airlines Chicago to Washington, DC tickets on Omio for $119 (€95).
    • Travel with Amtrak for trains to Washington, DC. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Amtrak Chicago to Washington, DC tickets on Omio for $92 (€73).
    What is another destination I should add to my tour from Chicago to Washington, DC?
    Omio customers who travel from Chicago to Washington, DC often also extend their vacation to go to New York City, Paris or London. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Washington, DC and these popular destinations at a great price.
    How far in advance should I purchase my Chicago to Washington, DC one way ticket online to get the best deals?

    When planning your trip from Chicago to Washington, DC, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

    • Bus tickets cost $70 (€56) one way on average.
    • Plane tickets are costing on average $119 (€95) one way.
    • Train tickets are costing on average $92 (€73) one way.

    However, we recommend buying tickets from Chicago to Washington, DC online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Washington, DC
    Washington DC Union Station
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