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Washington DC - Roanoke Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Washington DC to Roanoke. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Roanoke usually takes around 5 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

Distance194 mi (313 km)
Fastest train4h 58m
Lowest price$36.79
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Heather

September 6, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Get rid of mask mandate

Get rid of mask mandate

5.0

Wayland

August 15, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Train left on time and arrived on time. Cons: Faster trains. Tips: Bring a neck pillow.

Pros: Train left on time and arrived on time. Cons: Faster trains. Tips: Bring a neck pillow.

5.0

Vicki

July 12, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Red Cap service in DC was invaluable! I have MS and very limited ability to walk. They pushed me in a wheelchair to boarding area, then delivered me in a motorized cart me to my train car. They even escorted me to my seat and installed my luggage overhead. I co...

Pros: Red Cap service in DC was invaluable! I have MS and very limited ability to walk. They pushed me in a wheelchair to boarding area, then delivered me in a motorized cart me to my train car. They even escorted me to my seat and installed my luggage overhead. I could not have managed without their assistance. Cons: The day was very hot and the train too warm but tolerable.

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5.0

Ruchita

July 2, 2021 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Awesome service, very friendly staff and easy to navigate. Cons: Orderly boarding? Tips: No.

Pros: Awesome service, very friendly staff and easy to navigate. Cons: Orderly boarding? Tips: No.

4.0

Mahamaya

July 29, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Bus was on time during departure, inside the bus it was clean , AC was good , Journey was smooth. Cons: Drivers were asking for tip for any adhok services.

Pros: Bus was on time during departure, inside the bus it was clean , AC was good , Journey was smooth. Cons: Drivers were asking for tip for any adhok services.

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

In the last month, $37.69 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Roanoke, 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 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $25.74 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$57$38$19SepSep

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Roanoke will vary between C$37 and C$49. Planning a train trip to Roanoke within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is C$37. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Washington DC to Roanoke by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$38 whenever you decide to board the train to Roanoke.

Prices as travel date approaches

$95$76$57$38$193020100

Since the average price of train trips from Washington DC to Roanoke remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Roanoke?

Amtrak Northeast Regional is the one and only train line which connects Washington, District of Columbia to Roanoke, Virginia. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional15h 4m$44.86
  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

    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 1 daily train trips from Washington to Roanoke, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Roanoke during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Roanoke is approximately 194 miles, or 313 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 58 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Roanoke are the most crowded on Friday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Washington DC at 4:00pm and arrives in Roanoke around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Roanoke?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Roanoke with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Roanoke to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Roanoke for $31.72.

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, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

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

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Departure stations

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.

Where is the train station in Roanoke?

Arrival stations

Roanoke has one train station.

Need a return trip from Roanoke to Washington DC?

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