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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC?

Lowest Price£65.91
Fastest Train17h 25m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Washington right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Washington DC?

In the last month, £72.13 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Washington, DC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £16.26 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Chicago and Washington DC is approximately 594 miles, or 955 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 21 hours and 36 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to Washington DC are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 17:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Washington DC?

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Washington DC faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Washington DC for £44.73.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Washington DC?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago, Illinois to Washington, District of Columbia. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak123h 55m£113.76
Amtrak Capitol Limited117h 25m£80.40
Amtrak Cardinal123h 34m£70.50

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington DC has one train station:

  • Union Station

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

£106£71£35SepSep

Monthly average prices

£137£110£82£55£27JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

£118£94£71£47£243020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Washington, DC
4.4
Based on 5 ratings and 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.

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