Cheap train tickets from Washington DC to New York

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How much are train tickets from Washington DC to New York?

Lowest Price$71.53
Fastest2h 35m
trains per day36
train companies7
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Overall score for Washington DC to New York
4.7
Based on 58 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
3.0
Value
3.5
Condition
4.5
Ulrika
4.0
November 27, 2019Solo travel
Cons
I did not try the WiFi. Nice to travel by train. Warm and not sure why I was not allowed to have a tiny backback on the seat next to me which was empty.
Heather
5.0
July 28, 2019Business
Pros
I liked how easy it was to book on your site. Amtrak's site wasnt working and was a nightmare to deal with. Only autobots for chat.

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Acela report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Staff
4.7
Value
4.0
Condition
4.5
Debbie
5.0
October 24, 2019Vacation
Pros
comfort
Cons
There were a couple of people on their phones, one especially was sceaming at the phone and slammed it off then picked it up and continued. Disturbing, the other person talked normally but it was still distractin.
Tips
talk quietly on your phone or move away from other passengers

Based on 51 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 74 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
4.3
Value
3.6
Condition
4.5
Helle
4.0
January 21, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Time to relax
Alexander
5.0
December 26, 2019Vacation
Pros
Easy, quick, comfortable train ride. No fighting holiday traffic!!
Cons
Some escalators not working at the station. Only thing that slowed the trip. Either had to wait in long line for elevator or struggle up stairs with bags. More ramps might help too.
Natalija
5.0
December 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Everything! Got the tickets ahead which was a bargain. Train left on time. The lady on the train was super helpful - did not need any but an elderly lady did.
Cons
Nothing. You could copy the condition of the OBB trains in Austria😊
Tips
Amtrak is very dependable.
John
5.0
December 27, 2019Vacation
Pros
Excellent value
Cons
Flexibility on changing of ticket
Tips
Arrive 15 minutes prior to journey
Giovanni
4.0
December 8, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Comfort
Cons
more Wi Fi
Tips
With Amtrack you travel very very pleasantly, safely

Based on 2 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Vermonter report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
5.0
Value
4.5
Condition
4.5
Kelvin
5.0
September 23, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The city itself
Cons
nothing really maybe more comfy seats
Tips
Try to learn the metro system when in New York, it will confuse you

Is a train from D.C. to New York City a good day trip?

Going by Amtrak from Washington, D.C., to New York makes for a long but very doable day trip. If you take the Acela, the train will take an average of 2 hours and 56 minutes, while the Northeast Regional will take about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Your best bet is to plan a day trip for Saturday or Sunday. If you depart Union Station by 8 a.m., you’ll arrive into New York’s Penn Station before noon. That will give you ample time to get lunch, wander the city, and go to a 2 or 3 p.m. matinee.

Broadway shows rarely run longer than two hours, so after the show you can grab dinner, shop on Fifth Avenue or walk The High Line before heading home. If you leave by 8 p.m, you’ll arrive back in D.C. between 11 and 11:30, having spent a full eight hours in The Big Apple.

Is it worth taking the Acela over the regular Amtrak from Washington, D.C. to New York City?

The Acela from D.C. to New York is probably not worth the price. It is only 16% faster than Amtrak’s other offerings, and would get you to your destination about 34 minutes ahead of a Northeast Regional train.

Between Union Station in D.C. and Penn Station in New York, the Acela makes eight stops, mostly in bigger cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore. The Northeast Regional makes 16 stops in many smaller towns such as Aberdeen, Maryland and Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

The average price of the Acela for this route is $202.90, whereas a Northeast Regional train ticket averages $105.14. Because the Acela isn’t that much faster than the Northeast Regional but is almost twice the price, it really isn’t worth it for this route unless you prefer the upgraded comfort and upscale amenities that Acela has to offer.

How does taking the train compare to taking the bus or flying from DC to New York?

Taking the train from Washington, D.C. to New York is neither the cheapest nor the fastest travel option, but it’s a great way to get from one city to the next without compromising too much in either respect. The cheapest average train ticket price is $107.14, less than the price of a flight, and you can find tickets for even cheaper than that.

Trains usually take 3 to 3.5 hours whereas a nonstop, one-way flight from DC to New York takes about 1 hour 20 minutes and costs about $124, not including baggage fees. It’s generally recommended that you arrive at Washington Dulles airport 90 minutes to 2 hours before a domestic flight, which brings the total travel time up to at least 2 hours 50 minutes.

The bus is the cheapest option, costing as little as $1 and about $18 on average. However, bus rides take the longest, with an average travel time of 4 to 5 hours between DC and NYC.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Washington DC to New York?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Washington D.C. to New York 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 Washington D.C. to New York was $153.03. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 27 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $117.66 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 ride from Washington DC to New York?

The distance between Washington DC and New York is approximately 203.67 miles, or 327.69 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 3 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 35 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Washington DC to New York?

On Friday trains from Washington D.C. to New York 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 Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Washington DC to New York?

Typically there are 36 schedules to compare for your trip to New York. On the route to New York 7 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Northeast Regional offers the most scheduled departures between Washington D.C. to New York, usually offering 18 trips per day. 36 train trips per day are direct connections to New York, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Washington DC to New York, which start at $1.32.

Here are the 7 train companies that operate from Washington D.C. to New York

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $71.53, and on average cost $168.73. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to New York. Amtrak in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 19 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $168.90 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 19m
Avg. Price
$168.73

Amtrak Acela

Amtrak Acela train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $242.42, and on average cost $269.11. Daily there are 14 Amtrak Acela schedules to New York. Amtrak Acela in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 2 hours and 51 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $253.03 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Meal
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Beverage
Avg. Time
2h 51m
Avg. Price
$269.11

Amtrak Acela Nonstop

Amtrak Acela Nonstop train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $242.42, and on average cost $290.16. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Acela Nonstop schedules to New York. Amtrak Acela Nonstop in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Acela Nonstop takes 2 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Acela Nonstop offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Meal
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Beverage
Avg. Time
2h 36m
Avg. Price
$290.16

Amtrak Carolinian

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $169.56, and on average cost $255.61. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to New York. Amtrak Carolinian in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $255.43 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington D.C..

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 20m
Avg. Price
$255.61

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $71.53, and on average cost $132.83. Daily there are 18 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to New York. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 3 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 15 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $140.67 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 26m
Avg. Price
$132.83

Amtrak Palmetto

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $103.33, and on average cost $126.71. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to New York. Amtrak Palmetto in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 3 hours and 27 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $129.17 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington D.C..

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 27m
Avg. Price
$126.71

Amtrak Vermonter

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $71.53, and on average cost $133.08. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to New York. Amtrak Vermonter in Washington D.C. leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 3 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost $155.36 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington D.C..

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 13m
Avg. Price
$133.08

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Washington D.C. on their way to New York:
  • Union Station
There is one train station where trains from Washington D.C. arrive in New York:
  • Penn Station