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Trip Summary

Washington, DC to Boston, MA

Lowest Price$61.64
Fastest Train6h 38m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines2

Washington DC to Boston Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Boston right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $97.96 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Boston, MA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $99.45 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The train from DC to Boston has an average journey time of 7 hours and 55 minutes. All Amtrak trains are direct. However, travelers who take the Acela Express train can expect their trip to take just under 7 hours.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Boston are the most crowded on Thursday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 4:00am 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 Boston?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 19 of these are direct connections to Boston. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Boston to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Boston for $56.61.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Boston?

2 train services operate from Washington, District of Columbia to Boston, Massachusetts. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Acela36h 50m$168.54
Amtrak Northeast Regional78h 25m$89.44

Amtrak Acela train tickets from Washington DC to Boston start from $162, and on average cost $169. Daily there are 3 Amtrak Acela schedules to Boston. Amtrak Acela in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Boston trains arrive at South Station and one other train station. From Washington DC to Boston train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 6 hours and 50 minutes. If you are looking to get to Boston faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 6 hours and 38 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Boston.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to Boston start from $62, and on average cost $89. Daily there are 7 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Boston. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Boston trains arrive at South Station and one other train station. From Washington DC to Boston train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 8 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to Boston faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 6 hours and 38 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 12 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Boston.

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston receives travelers from Washington DC at its two active train stations:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
  • South Station

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Boston

Average prices by travel date

$132$88$44FebMar

Monthly average prices

$252$201$151$101$50MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

$220$176$132$88$443020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Boston, MA

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Domenic

December 21, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Spacious, easy. Cons: Price. Pros: Spacious, easy. Cons: Price.

5.0

Lindsay

December 8, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Comfortable and spacious seats. Cons: Indicate where the cafeteria is situated. Tips: Choose Amtrak for your travels. Pros: Comfortable and spacious seats. Cons: Indicate where the cafeteria is situated. Tips: Choose Amtrak for your travels.

4.0

Rita Maria

October 15, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

There was no working wifi ön the train. It really should be in the XXI.cencury. There was no working wifi ön the train. It really should be in the XXI.cencury.

5.0

Jane

September 19, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Everything. Cons: . Tips: . Pros: Everything. Cons: . Tips: .

5.0

Queiruga

September 18, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Comfortable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Use this service for quality and cost. Pros: Comfortable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Use this service for quality and cost.

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