Cheap Washington DC to Chicago  train tickets

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Lowest Price$82.00
Fastest17h 40m
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Overall score for Washington DC to Chicago
4.3
Based on 7 reviews
Amtrak Capitol Limited
4.3
Based on 7 reviews
Based on 7 reviewsRatings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
2.5
Value
2.5
Condition
3.5
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Ulfat Zarine
4.0
August 21, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I had a great trip from DC to Chicago on The Capitol Amtrak . The staff at DC union was very helpful, one has to ask around a lot. Esp for a new traveller, every station is a new place esp Chicago union is very confusing. Getting off from intercity Amtrak and while tryiMore
Cons
The train was delayed at Toledo, Ohio for more than 1 1/2 hours as the train engineer who was supposed to embark and take us onwards was nowhere, for whatever reason. Hence I missed my connection at Chicago union and had to wait an extra 2 hours for the next Metra traiMore
Tips
If you want to see the sights, don’t take the night train... I changed to a fast train, which was very clean, fast and had a fantastic viewing coach etc, but I missed out on the the scenery, The Capitol Amtrak from Washington DC to Chicago is a night train!!! I’m from More
Deborah
1.0
June 8, 2019Visiting family
Cons
My husband and I were one of the 1st people on the train going from dc to chicago. They made us sit apart in seats 10 and 11. I told them I needed to sit with him because of a physical condition that I have and they refused to let us sit together. There were singles siMore
Tips
Don't listen to anyone and sit where you want to. There is no wifi on this line. Bathrooms are filthy.

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

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Washington to Chicago 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 Washington to Chicago was $135.60. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 10 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $20.00 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 journey from Washington DC to Chicago ? How far is Washington DC to Chicago ?

The distance between Washington DC to Chicago is 593.86 miles or 955.49 km. A train trip from Washington DC to Chicago typically takes 22 hours and 42 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak Capitol Limited. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 17 hours and 40 minutes to get from Washington to Chicago.

Going from Washington to Chicago by train takes over 22 hours to reach your destination. For a lengthy train journey we recommend you pack a great book, or download a few movies to have them available offline just in case you are outside of a service coverage area. Don't forget to bring some water and a battery pack to keep all of your electronics charged.

On Thursday trains from Washington to Chicago 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 Tuesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most connections between Washington DC to Chicago

Typically there are 3 schedules to compare for your trip to Chicago. On the route to Chicago 3 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Washington to Chicago, usually offering one departure per day. Typically one schedule per day serves Chicago 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 Bus tickets from Washington DC to Chicago, which start at $46.00.

Washington to Chicago is served by 3 train carriers

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Washington DC to Chicago start from $141.00, and on average cost $203.80. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Washington DC to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 25 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 40 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $228.38 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

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Extra legroom
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Avg. Time
1d 1h 26m
Avg. Price
$203.80

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Amtrak Capitol Limited train tickets from Washington DC to Chicago start from $82.00, and on average cost $103.09. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Capitol Limited schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Capitol Limited in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Washington DC to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Capitol Limited takes 17 hours and 41 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Capitol Limited offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 40 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Capitol Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost $102.18 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Restroom
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
17h 41m
Avg. Price
$103.09

Amtrak Cardinal

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Washington DC to Chicago start from $82.00, and on average cost $106.26. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Cardinal in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Washington DC to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 24 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 40 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost $102.00 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1d 0h 0m
Avg. Price
$106.26

Plan your next adventure:

There is one train station from which trains depart Washington on their way to Chicago. The busiest departure station in Washington serving this route is Union Station.
  • Union Station
There is one train station where trains arrive in Chicago from Washington., The busiest departure station in Washington serving this route is Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St