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Washington DC - Norfolk Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Washington DC to Norfolk. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Norfolk usually takes around 6 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 4 hours and 34 minutes.

Distance148 mi (238 km)
Fastest train4h 34m
Lowest price$40.92
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Norfolk

(Based on 29 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Henrik

September 30, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Comfortable and relaxing. Cons: More speed.

4.0

Maribel

July 23, 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The ability to get up and stretch. Cons: Better wifi signal.

5.0

Samir

July 4, 2023- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Easy. Cons: Delays. Tips: Plan for relays.

5.0

George

June 17, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Easy and on time. Cons: Little more help getting on off train (senior). Tips: Stay calm.

4.0

Rebecca

June 12, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: My concern is all about the fares. Too high. Cons: Fare.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Washington and Norfolk cost $94.31, on average. Booking your trip at least 23 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $56.27 more.

Average prices by travel date

$205$136$68MayJun

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Norfolk will range from $48 to $195. If you're planning to travel by train to Norfolk in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Washington you can find in the next 7 days is $49. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

$170$136$102$68$34JJASONDJFMAM
Mark your calendar for August if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Washington DC to Norfolk. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $94. If you're planning a trip from Washington DC to Norfolk during November, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $151 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

$170$136$102$68$343020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Washington to Norfolk. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 23 days before departure, you can save around $56.27. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Norfolk?

2 train services operate from Washington to Norfolk. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak25h 11m$75.97
Amtrak Northeast Regional37h 2m$130.78
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Washington to Norfolk every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

  • The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. With 3 daily train trips from Washington to Norfolk, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Washington DC to Norfolk. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

The distance between Washington DC and Norfolk is approximately 148 miles, or 238 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 34 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.

Trains from Washington DC to Norfolk 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 Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Norfolk. 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 Norfolk 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.

Norfolk

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A trip to Norfolk, VA will take your breath away. Sail away from its shores and just let the wind take you to a place of calm and quiet where you can shed your worries.

There are so many things to do in and around the coastal city of Norfolk. Start off with its main historic landmark, the 400-year-old port that houses the most extensive naval base in the world. Other history-rich areas worth visiting include St. Paul's Episcopal Church and MacArthur Memorial.

If you crave some water adventures, remember that you can always sail, fish, swim, kayak, and cruise in Norfolk. You can also sign up for the Naval Base Tour or visit the Nauticus Museum and Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Finally, don't forget to spend a day or two at the beach to rejuvenate your soul.

Arts and entertainment, nightlife, and shopping are thriving in Norfolk, too. If you wish to enjoy some live performances, visit the Harrison Opera house. Nightlife is always at its best downtown, particularly at Baxter's or Scotty Quixx. If you plan to do some shopping, the Selden Market offers the most eclectic selections of all.

Walking is the best mode of transportation in Norfolk, but there's also the Tide, which is the city's light rail system that can take you to your destination faster. It runs a 7.5-mile-long route that covers pretty much the entire downtown area with its 11 stops. Both Amtrak train service and bus service from carriers like Greyhound and OurBus make Norfolk easy to travel to for your next trip.

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

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • MARC Station

  • Newark Intl Airport

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Newark Penn Station

  • South Station

  • Union Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • 525 Water St

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

  • 72 S Clinton Ave

Where is the train station in Norfolk?

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Main arrival station: Harbor Park Station

Trains to Norfolk stop at the Harbor Park Station, adjacent to the city's Minor League Baseball stadium, Harbor Park. Greyhound buses also stop at this location in Norfolk. The station is a modern, well-lit building with many windows and comfortable seating inside. There is plentiful parking on-site, but be aware that fees may apply when there are events at the stadium. Downtown Norfolk is only a mile away, and you can connect to the local Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) rail via its Harbor Park station in the same area.

Train stations in Norfolk:

  • Harbor Park Station

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