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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from Washington DC to Cleveland. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Cleveland usually takes around 16 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 10 hours and 48 minutes.

Distance304 mi (489 km)
Fastest train10h 48m
Lowest price$74.38
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $115.86 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Cleveland. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $45.56 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$173$115$58MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Cleveland will vary between C$114 and C$165. Planning a train trip to Cleveland within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is C$118. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$192$154$115$77$38JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Cleveland by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$104 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Cleveland in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$181 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$192$154$115$77$383020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Cleveland from Washington will be about C$45.56 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Cleveland?

2 train services operate from Washington to Cleveland. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1116h 21m$134.24
Amtrak Capitol Limited110h 49m$84.75
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 11 Amtrak trains from Washington to Cleveland every day, as well as 24 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $81.

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  • Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Cleveland during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Washington DC to Cleveland?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Washington DC to Cleveland. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Cleveland is approximately 304 miles, or 489 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 10 hours and 48 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Washington DC to Cleveland on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Washington DC to Cleveland?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Washington DC to Cleveland. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Cleveland to Washington DC.

City Information

Washington DC

Washington, DC is the capital of the United States, and as such, it offers many points of interest of governmental and historical value. DC is home to several iconic landmarks, including the White House where the U.S. president resides, the Capitol building that houses the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the National Mall, where you can stop by the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial. One of the reasons Washington, DC is among the best destinations to visit with your family is because it is home to so many world-famous museums, including the Smithsonians – 16 museums scattered across the District, most of which are open every day of the week, and even better, every single one is free.

D.C. is not just about politics and museums, though. The city’s active nightlife fittingly ranks it among the biggest party hubs in the country. Head to the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood to check out some of the finest restaurants that the nation’s capital has to offer, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

Cleveland

An industrial powerhouse in the past eras, Cleveland offers to the world more than just LeBron James and Halle Berry. Unlike most other big cities, Cleveland still retains its quaint small-town feel, especially as you wander around the Cleveland Metroparks, a system of 21,000 acres of pure nature. For nature lovers, the Cleveland Botanical Garden provides a treasure trove of botanical knowledge and rare plant species. Another must-not-miss spot is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which features exhibitions on the greatest legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, etc.

For foodies, Cleveland truly is a mecca. The city boasts an array of top chefs and high-class establishments that can bring you an unforgettable experience. For authentic American classics, Sylman’s Deli has everything you need. If you are looking for a more diverse option, head to Momocho for some mouth-watering Mexican indulgences.

Cleveland’s main bus station is located just behind the Playhouse Square Parking Garage in the Theater District. The local Amtrak train station is also located downtown not too far from the bus station. The principal airport in the city is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which sits 9 miles southwest of Downtown and is located next to the Glenn Research Center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Washington DC where you can board the train.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Penn Station

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

  • Hampton Road Transit bus stop

  • 72 S Clinton Ave

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

  • Union Station

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Cleveland?

200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway  - CLEAMT-0

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Arrival stations

The Amtrak Station on Cleveland Memorial Shoreway is directly adjacent to the NFL Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium and the expansive Lake Erie beyond. Pro tip: sit on the North side of the train to catch a glimpse of the lake on your way out of town! This station is a stop for Amtrak’s Capitol Limited line from DC to Chicago and the Lake Shore Limited line from Chicago to New York City or Boston. Cleveland’s local Rapid Transit Waterfront Line also serves this station for service within the city. In the immediate area surrounding the station, you’ll find the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, and several hotels and restaurants for convenience during your travels.

Train stations in Cleveland:

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

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