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Chicago-Washington DC Bus Schedule
Chicago to Washington DC bus - cost & duration
|Shortest Duration||19h 45m|
|Trips per day||6|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus 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 bus 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, bus 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.
How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Washington DC?
Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $58.00 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Washington. Buses from Washington DC to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $58.00 could be considered a great deal.
The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 24 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $46.94 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
How long is the bus ride?
The bus usually takes around 25 hours and 13 minutes to cover the 594 miles (955 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Washington, DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 19 hours and 45 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Washington DC at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?
The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $84.00.
What bus companies travel from Chicago to Washington DC?
There is one bus company that operates from Chicago to Washington DC. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Greyhound||6||1d 1h 13m||$82.31|
Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?
Buses to Washington DC leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 4 most popular bus stations:
- Dan Ryan Bus Station
- 5800 N Cumberland Ave
- Union Station - 225 S Canal St
- Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?
All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Washington, District of Columbia:
- Union Station
Price trends for buses from Chicago to Washington DC
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