Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC

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How much are train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC?

Lowest Price£63.88
Fastest17h 25m
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train companies3
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Overall score for Chicago to Washington DC
4.4
Based on 5 reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
1.0
Staff
5.0
Value
1.0
Condition
3.0
Mark
2.0
3 June 2019Visiting family
Pros
Our first train ride. We had a sleeper that was restricted and very uncomfortable. All employees were super nice but we got no sleep. No WiFi on board.
Cons
Tracks and width of beds.
Tips
Don’t get a sleeper unless you’re traveling solo.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Washington D.C. is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Washington D.C. was £99.05. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 28 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £7.16 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Washington DC?

The distance between Chicago and Washington DC is approximately 593.86 miles, or 955.49 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 23 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 17 hours and 25 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest day for trains from Chicago to Washington DC?

On Friday trains from Chicago to Washington D.C. are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Saturday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the greatest number of connections between Chicago to Washington DC

Typically there are 3 schedules to compare for your trip to Washington D.C.. On the route to Washington D.C. 3 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Washington D.C., usually offering 2 trips per day. Typically one schedule per day serves Washington D.C. with direct service. Direct service might still have stops along the way, but you will not need to switch trains.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from Chicago to Washington DC, which start at £38.78.

Here are the 3 train companies that operate from Chicago to Washington D.C.

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC start from £106.46, and on average cost £138.36. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Chicago to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak takes 25 hours and 41 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 25 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost £146.21 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1d 1h 41m
Avg. Price
£138.36

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Amtrak Capitol Limited train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC start from £63.88, and on average cost £84.54. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Capitol Limited schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Capitol Limited in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Chicago to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Capitol Limited takes 17 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Capitol Limited offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 25 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Capitol Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost £88.41 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
17h 26m
Avg. Price
£84.54

Amtrak Cardinal

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC start from £63.88, and on average cost £80.37. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Cardinal in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Chicago to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 23 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 25 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost £84.13 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
23h 35m
Avg. Price
£80.37

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Washington D.C.. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in Chicago are:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There is one train station where trains arrive in Washington D.C. from Chicago. These are the busiest arriving stations in Washington D.C.:
  • Union Station