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Aug 3
$95Amtrak
$73Greyhound
$197American Airlines
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$72Greyhound
$197skywest airlines
Thu
Aug 5
$375Amtrak
$74Greyhound
$196American Airlines
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Aug 6
$95Amtrak
$73Greyhound
$202American Airlines
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$95Amtrak
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Aug 8
$95Amtrak
$76Greyhound
$157Republic Airlines
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Aug 9
$95Amtrak
$73Greyhound
$157American Airlines
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$95Amtrak
$72Greyhound
$122American Airlines
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Aug 11
$95Amtrak
$73Greyhound
$122American Airlines
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$73Greyhound
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Aug 13
$95Amtrak
$76Greyhound
$145Republic Airlines
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$145Republic Airlines

Travel Information between Washington, DC and Chicago

distanceDistance593 miles (956 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$71 - $109
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $71 (€56) • 19 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $109 (€87) • 2 h 3 min
carriersPopular travel companiesUnited, Greyhound or Amtrak

Travel 593 miles (956 km) by flight, bus or train between Washington, DC and Chicago. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 3 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $71 (€56). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are United, Greyhound or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Washington, DC to Chicago.

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FAQs
What are the ways to get from Washington, DC to Chicago?

There are 3 ways to travel to Chicago from Washington, DC including taking a flight, bus or train.

What is the distance from Washington, DC to Chicago?

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

When traveling to Chicago from Washington, DC, what are the departure and arrival points in Washington, DC and Chicago?

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

    Which travel operators can get me to Chicago from Washington, DC?

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

    • You can take a flight from Washington, DC to Chicago with United. Cheap tickets can be found for $109 (€87) with United from Washington, DC to Chicago.
    • You can take a bus from Washington, DC to Chicago with Greyhound. Cheap tickets can be found for $71 (€56) with Greyhound from Washington, DC to Chicago.
    • You can travel by train between Washington, DC and Chicago with Amtrak, and you can find Amtrak Washington, DC to Chicago tickets for $92 (€73) on Omio.
    Where should I go next after I travel to Chicago from Washington, DC?
    Looking to extend your trip from Washington, DC to Chicago? Many Omio customers who go from Washington, DC to Chicago usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like New York City, London or Paris. If you're looking to explore New York City, London or Paris from Chicago, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
    When should I purchase a ticket from Washington, DC to Chicago online to score the best deals?

    Before traveling from Washington, DC to Chicago, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

    • A plane ticket is costing on average $109 (€87) one way for this trip.
    • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $71 (€56) one way on average.
    • A train ticket is costing on average $92 (€73) one way for this route.

    But we recommend booking Washington, DC to Chicago tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

    What is the cheapest way to travel from Washington, DC to Chicago?

    The cheapest way to get from Washington, DC to Chicago is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $71 (€56) compared to other travel options to Chicago:

    A bus is $39 (€31) less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from Washington, DC to Chicago costing on average $109 (€87).

    Taking a bus is usually $21 (€17) less than taking a train to Chicago, which costs on average $92 (€73) for the same trip.

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

    The fastest way to get to Chicago from Washington, DC is by flight with an average travel time of 2 h 3 min.

    Other travel options to Chicago can usually take longer:

    In comparison, getting to Chicago by bus can take on average 19 h 20 min.

    In comparison, taking a train requires on average 17 h 40 min   of travel time.

    Stations

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Washington, DC
    Washington DC Union Station
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