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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

Lowest Price$26.42
Fastest Train2h 17m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $26.42 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, VA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $21.07 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Charlottesville is approximately 99 miles, or 159 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 17 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 Charlottesville are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Tuesday 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 11:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

Trains leave the station in Washington DC twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Charlottesville with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Charlottesville to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville for $54.09.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

There are 3 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to Charlottesville, Virginia. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cardinal12h 43m$28.51
Amtrak Crescent12h 18m$31.31
Amtrak Northeast Regional12h 31m$28.04

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Washington DC to Charlottesville start from $26, and on average cost $29. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Charlottesville. Amtrak Cardinal in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Charlottesville trains arrive at Train Station - 810 W Main St, From Washington DC to Charlottesville train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 2 hours and 43 minutes. If you are looking to get to Charlottesville faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Charlottesville on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Crescent train tickets from Washington DC to Charlottesville start from $26, and on average cost $31. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Crescent schedules to Charlottesville. Amtrak Crescent in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Charlottesville trains arrive at Train Station - 810 W Main St, From Washington DC to Charlottesville train travel on Amtrak Crescent takes 2 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Charlottesville faster, Amtrak Crescent offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Charlottesville on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Crescent scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to Charlottesville start from $26, and on average cost $28. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Charlottesville. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Charlottesville trains arrive at Train Station - 810 W Main St, From Washington DC to Charlottesville train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 2 hours and 31 minutes. If you are looking to get to Charlottesville faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Charlottesville on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Northeast Regional scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Charlottesville?

Charlottesville has one train station:

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Charlottesville

Average prices by travel date

$38$25$13FebMar

Monthly average prices

$63$50$38$25$13MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

$63$50$38$25$133020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, VA

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Melissa

January 17, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Very efficient and professional, comfortable and easy. Cons: Everything ran like a “Top” in schedule without unforeseen obstacles. Tips: Yes, book your trip early. Pros: Very efficient and professional, comfortable and easy. Cons: Everything ran like a “Top” in schedule without unforeseen obstacles. Tips: Yes, book your trip early.

4.0

Gage

December 22, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Staff was very friendly & helpful. Cons: Train was very full and there's not a lot of leg room, for families with young kids, pre-assigned seats might be very helpful. Tips: Get on the train as soon as possible if traveling with little ones. Pros: Staff was very friendly & helpful. Cons: Train was very full and there's not a lot of leg room, for families with young kids, pre-assigned seats might be very helpful. Tips: Get on the train as soon as possible if traveling with little ones.

5.0

Marshall

November 15, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

More clear markings on the inside of the train cars to signify what cars we are in. More clear markings on the inside of the train cars to signify what cars we are in.

4.0

Sarah

August 21, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cardinal

WiFiWiFi

3.0

Ashlyn

July 7, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The seat was comfortable. I was able to sleep when I leaned against the window. Cons: The wifi was really hit-or-miss. It would be great if it could be more reliable. Tips: Don't count on the wifi and be prepared for delays. Pros: The seat was comfortable. I was able to sleep when I leaned against the window. Cons: The wifi was really hit-or-miss. It would be great if it could be more reliable. Tips: Don't count on the wifi and be prepared for delays.

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