How to travel from Chicago to Washington, DC

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from Chicago to Washington, DC

You can get from Chicago to Washington, DC by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Chicago to Washington, DC on Oct 08 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:25AMO'Hare International Airport, IL1h47 11:12AMRonald Reagan National Airport, VA
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06:40PMUnion Station17h25 01:05PMUnion Station
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07:38AMO'Hare International Airport, IL1h45 10:23AMRonald Reagan National Airport, VA
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2281One-way
05:16PMO'Hare International Airport, IL1h44 08:00PMRonald Reagan National Airport, VA
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2281One-way
06:26PMO'Hare International Airport, IL1h56 09:22PMBaltimore/Washington International Airport, MD
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2281One-way

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Travel Information between Chicago and Washington, DC

distanceDistance593 miles (956 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$31 - $218
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $31 (€30) • 19 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $196 (€188) • 1 h 46 min
carriersPopular travel companiesUnited or Amtrak

Travel 593 miles (956 km) by bus, flight, ferry 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 46 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $31 (€30). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are United or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Chicago to Washington, DC.

Travel Tips: Travel from Chicago to Washington, DC

Travel Tips: Travel to Washington, DC easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Chicago to Washington, DC.
FAQs

There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to Washington, DC: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Washington, DC is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $31 (€30) compared to other travel options to Washington, DC:

A bus is generally $165 (€158) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $196 (€188) from Chicago to Washington, DC.

A bus is generally $186 (€179) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $218 (€209) from Chicago to Washington, DC.

The fastest way from Chicago to Washington, DC is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 46 min.

There are alternative travel options to Washington, DC that can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 19 h 20 min   on average.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 17 h 25 min.

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

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

  • 1 bus per day.
  • 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, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling 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:

    • United can get you to Washington, DC by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with United from Chicago to Washington, DC for $196 (€188) on Omio.
    • Amtrak can take you to Washington, DC by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Amtrak from Chicago to Washington, DC for $218 (€209).

    Yes, there are direct routes from Chicago to Washington, DC with the following travel companies:

    • You can travel directly by plane with skywest airlines, envoy air, Republic Airlines, American Airlines or United.

    Direct services to Washington, DC tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

    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!

    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 on average $31 (€30) one way.
    • Plane tickets cost $196 (€188) one way on average.
    • Train tickets cost on average $218 (€209) 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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