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Travel Information from Chicago to Washington, DC

distanceDistance593 miles (956 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$69 - $91
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $69 (€58) • 19 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $81 (€67) • 1 h 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, United or Amtrak

Travel 593 miles (956 km) by bus, flight or train between Chicago and Washington, DC. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 50 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $69 (€58). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Greyhound, United or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Chicago to Washington, DC.

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FAQs
How do I reach Washington, DC from Chicago?

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 travel from Chicago to Washington, DC is by taking a bus with an average price of $69 (€58).

This is compared to other travel options to Washington, DC:

A bus is $12 (€10) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Chicago to Washington, DC costing on average $81 (€67).

A bus is $22 (€18) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Chicago to Washington, DC costing on average $91 (€75).

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

The quickest way to travel to Washington, DC from Chicago is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 50 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 19 h 45 min   of travel time.

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

What is the distance from Chicago to Washington, DC?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Chicago to Washington, DC?

The average frequency per day from Chicago to Washington, DC is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Chicago to Washington, DC as scheduled services by bus, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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?

    Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Chicago to Washington, DC:

    • You can travel from Chicago to Washington, DC by bus with Greyhound. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $69 (€58) with Greyhound from Chicago to Washington, DC.
    • You can travel to Washington, DC from Chicago by flight with United. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $81 (€67) with United from Chicago to Washington, DC.
    • You can travel from Chicago to Washington, DC by train with Amtrak. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $91 (€75) with Amtrak from Chicago to Washington, DC.
    What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Chicago to Washington, DC?
    Many of our customers who book a trip from Chicago to Washington, DC often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like New York City, Paris or London. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Chicago and Washington, DC itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Washington, DC and any of these top destinations today!
    How early should I buy Chicago to Washington, DC tickets online to score 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 are costing $69 (€58) one way on average.
    • Plane tickets are costing $81 (€67) one way on average.
    • Train tickets cost $91 (€75) one way on average.

    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.