Arlington to Chicago Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $78
Fastest Way Flight — 6h 10min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 106 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 591 miles
Travel Companies Amtrak
Bus
$78 · 19h 9min · 106 lb of CO2
Washington to Chicago
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Train
$124 · 13h 43min · 150 lb of CO2
WAS to CHI
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Flight
$305 · 6h 14min · 560 lb of CO2
DCA to MDW
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Arlington to Chicago Flights

There are 2 airports — DCA, IAD — that make sense to fly out of from Arlington and 2 airports — MDW, ORD — to access Chicago. The best deals are usually found by flying out of IAD.

Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Chicago from Arlington, a flight is the quickest method.
Drive
$80 · 10h 11min · 116 lb of CO2
Arlington to Chicago

Drive from Arlington to Chicago

It's 592 miles between Arlington to Chicago. On a typical day, it might take between 10h 11min and 10h 41min from Arlington to Chicago under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 11h 12min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Chicago by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $79.

What is the best way to travel from Arlington to Chicago?

Because Chicago is so far away from Arlington, we recommend simply booking a flight. Other options to Chicago do exist, but going by plane will save you valuable time. Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Arlington to Chicago?

For these medium length trips, it's important to book your tickets as soon as possible. While there are bus, train, flight or by car transportation options available, the sooner to book the better. While prices for buses or trains might not fluctuate as much as flights, their availability certainly will. It's recommended to book these flights at least 2 weeks away, but even more if you are able.

Is the train or the bus better from Arlington to Chicago IL?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Arlington to Chicago. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Chicago is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Arlington/Chicago buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Arlington is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Arlington VA and Chicago during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Arlington to Chicago? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Chicago traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Chicago is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Arlington to Chicago?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Arlington to Chicago is by bus. The bus costs $78 roughly and will take 19 hours 1 minute.

How much does Amtrak cost from Arlington to Chicago?

Amtrak costs about $124 between Arlington and Chicago. In total, the train will take roughly 13 hours 43 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at WAS Washington Union Station, which is 6 miles from Arlington. Further, once you arrive at CHI Chicago Union Station or you will still have 3 miles to Chicago.

How long does it take from Arlington to Chicago by car?

The total distance between Arlington and Chicago is 592 miles and will take you about 10 hours 11 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $80.

Travel companies on this route

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Amtrak Amtrak from Arlington to Chicago
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