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Washington DC - Virginia Beach Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 5 daily train trips available from Washington DC to Virginia Beach. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Virginia Beach usually takes 5 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance153 mi (247 km)
Fastest train5h 20m
Lowest price$63.16
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Washington to Virginia Beach

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Teresa

April 20, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: That I got to my destination safe. Cons: That you use the TV's so it won't be so bored on the bus ride. Tips: Be prepared not to bring a lot of bags. You only can put one bag on the bus. The rest of your bags need to go under the bus.

5.0

Jared

November 19, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Quick. Cons: The stops. Tips: N/a.

5.0

Daniel

November 14, 2022- Business

Amtrak

Great ride on the train. Internet did not work again but that is to be expected with Amtrak these days. Seat was clean and restroom was cleaned. I would ride the #93 train again. Much better than driving!

4.0

Robert

June 18, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: It was my first train ride and I’m recommending to my family and friends. Cons: Better food and light control for passengers.

5.0

Jennifer

June 3, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Price of trip. Arrived on time. Cons: Driver could use a microphone to alert passengers of stops. Tips: Nice relaxing trip.

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Virginia Beach was $81.86. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 29 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $38.64 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

$124$82$41JulAug

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Virginia Beach will cost between $73 and $108. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

$172$137$103$69$34ASONDJFMAMJJ
Mark your calendar for August if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Washington DC to Virginia Beach. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $52. If you're planning a trip from Washington DC to Virginia Beach during October, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $165 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

$137$110$82$55$273020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Washington to Virginia Beach, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $38.64 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Virginia Beach?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Washington to Virginia Beach. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak55h 46m$95.83
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Washington to Virginia Beach every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $63.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Washington DC to Virginia Beach, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

The distance between Washington DC and Virginia Beach is approximately 153 miles, or 247 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 20 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 Virginia Beach on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday 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 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. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Virginia Beach 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.

Virginia Beach

While boasting a suburban atmosphere that will make anyone jealous of an East Coast life, Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia by population and one of the state's best destinations. Positioned at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, its primary focus has always been its oceanfront location.

In the record books as having the longest pleasure beach in the world, the soft golden sands of Virginia Beach stretch for miles. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to take a stroll or bike along the three-mile boardwalk lined with cafés.

A block back, Atlantic Avenue plays host to Virginia Beach's dining scene, which incorporates everything from well-known names to family-run restaurants specializing in the bay's seafood.

But for all the glitz and glamour of Atlantic Avenue, it's Virginia Beach's natural splendors that will have you coming back again and again. As it twists with the coastline to become Shore Drive, you'll reach First Landing State Park. It preserves the spot at which English colonists first arrived on U.S. soil in 1607 after a five-month voyage. Meanwhile, out to sea, there's a chance to spot humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins.

The city’s central location on the Atlantic coastline means there are many destinations you can visit from Virginia Beach for very cheap. The busiest terminus in Virginia Beach is on Northampton Boulevard. It sees buses reach New York City in around eight hours. Head to Norfolk, and you can also jump on Amtrak's Northeast Regional train service to Boston.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

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 Virginia Beach?

Main arrival station: Park Avenue & 20th Street

Virginia Beach has one train station.

Train stations in Virginia Beach:

  • Park Avenue & 20th Street

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