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Train Trip Information: Washington DC to Atlanta

There are 20 daily trains from Washington DC to Atlanta. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Atlanta usually takes around 44 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 14 hours and 13 minutes.

Distance542 mi (873 km)
Fastest train14h 13m
Lowest price$135.93
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $324.36 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Atlanta. Given how far apart Washington DC and Atlanta are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $128.91 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$596$398$199MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Atlanta will vary between C$277 and C$580. Planning a train trip to Atlanta within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is C$298. 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

$289$231$173$115$58JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Atlanta by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$155 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Atlanta in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$273 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

$417$333$250$167$833020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Atlanta from Washington will be about C$128.91 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Atlanta?

2 train services operate from Washington to Atlanta. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 19 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak191d 21h 44m$370.15
Amtrak Crescent114h 14m$180.52
  • 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 19 Amtrak trains from Washington to Atlanta every day, as well as 12 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $143.

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  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Washington to Atlanta take about 14 hours and 14 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $136.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Atlanta 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 Atlanta?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Washington DC to Atlanta. 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 Atlanta?

The distance between Washington DC and Atlanta is approximately 542 miles, or 873 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 44 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 hours and 13 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Washington DC to Atlanta. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

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 9:00pm. 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 Atlanta?

There are 20 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Washington DC to Atlanta. 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 Atlanta 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.

Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA - ATL-1

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the Peach State. Located in the heart of America’s South, Atlanta is one of the foremost economic and cultural hubs in the region and the United States in general. As such, it's among the best vacation destinations in Georgia.

The city has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a result, across Atlanta you can find various museums and points of interest dedicated to the lives and works of various key figures in those events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is an important stop on our MLK Jr. itinerary.

Atlanta is also a key hub for the U.S. entertainment industry, and it offers some of the best nightlife experiences in the country. Here, you will find some of the finest craft beer in America and enjoy some of the best and most authentic southern food.

Atlanta is easily accessible by both bus and train from various parts of the country, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s location on the city’s outskirts makes it easy to travel to Atlanta from all over the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Departure stations

The Bus Terminal at 111 E Town St is Columbus’ hub for intercity bus service on a variety of carriers including Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Miller Transportation, Barons Bus Lines, and Amtrak Thruway. Conveniently located in downtown Columbus, the station’s area features several parking lots, hotels, and fast food restaurants. The waiting area within the station building includes restrooms, vending machines, and even arcade-style games if you’re prone to boredom while waiting for the bus. From this station, you can travel to destinations including Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • Union Depot

  • Newark Intl Airport

  • MARC Station

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • Union Station

  • Union Station

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

Where is the train station in Atlanta?

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Arrival stations

Located at 1688 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta’s Brookwood Hills neighborhood, the historic two-track Peachtree Train Station opened in 1918 in the style of an Italian Renaissance pavilion. The station, which is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, features classic pilasters and columns. More than 70,000 passengers travel on Amtrak’s Crescent train services from Peachtree Station to major destinations including New Orleans, New York, and Washington D.C. Within the station building are two waiting rooms, restrooms, vending machines, and a ticket sales office. The station has accessible entrances and limited paid parking.

Train stations in Atlanta:

  • Peachtree Station - 1688 Peachtree St NW

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