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from Washington, DC to Chicago

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Dec 9
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Dec 11
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Dec 21
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Travel Information between Washington, DC and Chicago

distanceDistance593 miles (956 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$67 - $77
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $67 (€56) • 19 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $77 (€65) • 2 h 1 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, American Airlines or Amtrak

Travel 593 miles (956 km) by bus, flight or train from Washington, DC to Chicago. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 1 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $67 (€56). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Greyhound, American Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Washington, DC to Chicago.

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FAQs
How do I reach Chicago from Washington, DC?

You can travel to Chicago from Washington, DC 3 different ways: bus, flight or train.

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

The cheapest way to go to Chicago from Washington, DC is by taking a bus, which costs on average $67 (€56).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Chicago:

A bus is generally $10 (€8) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $77 (€65) from Washington, DC to Chicago.

Taking a bus is usually $5 (€4) less than taking a train to Chicago, which costs on average $72 (€60) for the same trip.

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

The fastest way from Washington, DC to Chicago is by flight with an average journey time of 2 h 1 min.

There are alternative travel options to Chicago that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 19 h 30 min.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 17 h 40 min.

How far is Chicago from Washington, DC?

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

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

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

  • 1 train a day.

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

Where do I depart from Washington, DC? Where do I arrive in Chicago?

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

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

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

    • Greyhound can get you to Chicago by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Greyhound from Washington, DC to Chicago for $67 (€56) on Omio.
    • American Airlines can get you to Chicago by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with American Airlines from Washington, DC to Chicago for $77 (€65) on Omio.
    • Amtrak can get you to Chicago by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Amtrak from Washington, DC to Chicago for $72 (€60) on Omio.
    What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Washington, DC to Chicago?
    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.
    How far in advance should I buy tickets from Washington, DC to Chicago online to get the best deals?

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

    • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $67 (€56) one way on average.
    • A plane ticket is costing on average $77 (€65) one way for this journey.
    • A train ticket for this journey is costing $72 (€60) one way on average.

    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.