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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Washington DC to Pittsburgh. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Pittsburgh usually takes around 9 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 7 hours and 43 minutes.

Distance190 mi (305 km)
Fastest train7h 43m
Lowest price$72.28
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Pittsburgh

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Alfred

October 10, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Peaceful and comfortable

4.0

Miles

August 25, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Cons: The trash needs to be more clearly labeled, as most people could not find it and kept trying to throw their items away in the recycling bin. The lack of wifi is fine, but they need to turn off the router, so it is not teasing you the entire trip. Tips: Check the app for delays before leaving for the station, as it may not notify you.

5.0

Deborah

June 23, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Wifi lagged but have unlimited data so not a big deal.

5.0

Dino

March 3, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Second time roomett was small but private . I fell it’s best way to travel on train . We do not drink . So we did not want to interact with drinkers . At this time sometimes people are challenging. Cons: Well wi Fi would have been nice billion dollar company , how about coming up to times on Capital Run dc to Chicago to pgh. Tips: Take time to see country side by train.

5.0

Olivia

November 12, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Everything. Cons: Cleaner bathrooms. Tips: Bring hand sanitizer.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Washington to Pittsburgh is $127.41, By booking your trip at least 27 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $63.23 more.

Average prices by travel date

$184$123$61MayJun

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Pittsburgh is expected to fluctuate between $106 and $177 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Pittsburgh in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Washington is $106.

Monthly average prices

$205$164$123$82$41JJASONDJFMAM

Ticket prices for the train from Washington DC to Pittsburgh often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $120,

If you're thinking of traveling from Washington DC to Pittsburgh during June, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $187 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in June, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$205$164$123$82$413020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Pittsburgh from Washington will be about C$63.23 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Pittsburgh?

2 train services operate from Washington to Pittsburgh. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak111h 2m$174.23
Amtrak Capitol Limited17h 44m$108.07
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Washington to Pittsburgh every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $106.

  • 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

The distance between Washington DC and Pittsburgh is approximately 190 miles, or 305 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 43 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.

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

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 7:00am 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.

Trains leave the station in Washington DC twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Pittsburgh faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Pittsburgh 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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

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

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Opened more than 100 years ago in 1907, Union Station is the largest transportation hub in Washington, D.C. with almost 5 million travelers passing through it every year. As the official headquarters of Amtrak, Union Station is the main train station in the U.S. capital. It is also a major hub for intercity bus travel, serving as the main bus station in D.C. for a number of carriers, including Greyhound, BoltBus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and OurBus. Union Station offers easy transit connections to places all over D.C. with dedicated stops for the city’s metro, bus and streetcar services, as well as commuter rail for travelers to and from the surrounding areas. Additionally, with a full blown shopping mall on the premises, Union Station is also among the most popular shopping destinations in the nation's capital.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

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Main arrival station: 1100 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh’s Union Station on Liberty Ave is a historic building that opened in 1903. Enter the station through enormous outdoor arches and pass beneath the spectacular rotunda dome with a central skylight. Once inside, you can catch the Capitol Limited train on its daily service from Chicago to DC or hop aboard the Pennsylvanian as it begins the journey to New York. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the station offers easy access to the nearby bus terminal, parking, restaurants, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Train stations in Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

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