Cheap Chicago to Washington DC  train tickets

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How much are Chicago to Washington DC train tickets?

Lowest Price$82.00
Fastest17h 25m
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Overall score for Chicago to Washington DC
4.4
Based on 5 reviews
Amtrak Capitol Limited
4.4
Based on 5 reviews
Based on 5 reviewsRatings (Out of 5)
Comfort
1.0
Staff
5.0
Value
1.0
Condition
3.0
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Mark
2.0
June 3, 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 to find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC ?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Washington 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 was $136.60. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 12 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 Chicago to Washington DC ? How far is Chicago to Washington DC ?

The distance between Chicago to Washington DC is 593.86 miles or 955.49 km. A train trip from Chicago to Washington DC typically takes 23 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak Capitol Limited. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 17 hours and 25 minutes to get from Chicago to Washington.

Going from Chicago to Washington by train takes over 23 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 Tuesday trains from Chicago to Washington 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 Wednesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most connections between Chicago to Washington DC

Typically there are 3 schedules to compare for your trip to Washington. On the route to Washington 3 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Washington, usually offering 2 trips per day. Typically one schedule per day serves Washington 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 Chicago to Washington DC, which start at $64.00.

Chicago to Washington is served by 3 train carriers

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC start from $139.00, and on average cost $175.67. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Washington. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station,

From Chicago to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak takes 25 hours and 42 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 17 hours and 25 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $183.08 for a one-way train ticket to Washington.

Restroom
WiFi
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Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1d 1h 42m
Avg. Price
$175.67

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Amtrak Capitol Limited train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC start from $82.00, and on average cost $125.59. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Capitol Limited schedules to Washington. Amtrak Capitol Limited in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Washington 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 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 on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Capitol Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost $134.85 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Restroom
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
17h 26m
Avg. Price
$125.59

Amtrak Cardinal

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC start from $82.00, and on average cost $115.32. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Washington. Amtrak Cardinal in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Washington 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 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 on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost $121.63 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
23h 35m
Avg. Price
$115.32

Plan your next adventure:

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