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Lowest PriceUS$54.00
Fastest Train2h 59m
Trains Per Day11
Train Lines7
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Washington DC to New York
4.7
Based on 62 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 54 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 73 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.4
Staff
4.3
Value
3.6
Condition
4.5
Liliane
4.0
March 7, 2020Couples trip
Pros
Nice, cool et friendly trip
Cons
all is OK
Tips
Of course
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

Based on 3 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
4.7
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.3
Yazmin
5.0
April 20, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Obtuve atención de las personas a las que acudí para preguntar. El empleado con suma amabilidad me ayudó con mi equipaje y me llevo hasta el vagón.
Cons
No dejas pasar homeless people.
Tips
Sigamos siendo amables con todos y cada uno de nosotros.
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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a train from DC 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?

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 8 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 around $200, whereas a Northeast Regional train ticket averages close to $100. 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.

Is taking the train better than taking the bus or flying?

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 average train ticket price hovers just under $100, 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. When you factor in having to arrive at the airport early, the difference in total travel time is negligible. The train is a good alternative for people who dislike flying and want to save some money.

The bus is the cheapest option, with tickets costing around $20 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 DC to NYC?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, US$73.78 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Washington to New York. By booking your trip 21 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of US$24.22 compared to a same-day fare.

How long is the train ride from DC to New York?

The distance between Washington DC and New York is approximately 328 kilometers, or 204 miles. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 59 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to New York are the most crowded on Monday. 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 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from Washington DC to New York?

There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 11 of these are direct connections to New York. 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 New York to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to New York for US$1.00.

What train services are there from Washington DC to New York?

There are 7 train lines with service from Washington DC to New York. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 39mUS$87.11
Amtrak Acela33h 1mUS$155.32
Amtrak Carolinian13h 20mUS$79.53
Amtrak Northeast Regional73h 32mUS$76.41
Amtrak Palmetto13h 26mUS$88.47
Amtrak Silver Service13h 40mUS$80.50
Amtrak Vermonter13h 23mUS$74.90

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in New York?

New York has one train station:

  • Penn Station

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