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Boston to DC Train Info

Schedule & Pricing

Lowest Price$65.44
Fastest Train6h 35m
Trains Per Day21
Train Lines3

Boston to Washington DC Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from Boston to DC?

Yes, Amtrak operates trains between Boston, MA and Washington, DC. The Amtrak Northeast Regional and Acela trains each make about a dozen trips per day from Boston to DC. The same is true for the reverse direction, with trains from DC to Boston.

Is it safe to travel by train from Boston to Washington 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.

How much is a train ticket from Boston to DC?

In the last month, $103.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston, MA to Washington, DC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $139.65 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train ride from Boston to DC?

On average, an Amtrak Northeast Regional train takes 7 hours and 56 minutes to travel from Boston to Washington, DC. However, the fastest Acela Express train takes only 6 hours and 35 minutes to reach DC. In total, the route is 394 miles long.

What is the busiest day for trains from Boston to DC?

Trains from Boston to Washington DC 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 Saturday 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 Boston at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Boston to Washington DC?

There are 21 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to Washington DC. 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 Washington DC to Boston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Boston to Washington DC for $42.73.

Which trains can you take from Boston, MA to Washington, DC?

The main Amtrak services from Boston to DC are the Northeast Regional train and the Acela Express train. While the Acela is the fastest option, it's also more expensive. Amtrak's Northeast Regional train is the more popular service and has a more flexible schedule.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak211h 13m$126.08
Amtrak Acela66h 55m$197.84
Amtrak Northeast Regional148h 17m$113.85

Where is the train station in Boston?

There are two stations in Boston where you can board the train to Washington DC:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
  • South Station

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington DC has one train station:

  • Union Station

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston, MA to Washington, DC
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 83 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 16, 2019Business
Use Amtrak
November 4, 2019Solo travel
Can the ticket be checked just once when you enter and not every-time the staff changes. It would be really helpful
This train has multiple stops!
October 19, 2019Solo travel
Felt like Washington DC had too many places to visit within two days. Really moved especially by impressionism art, dinosaurs and history of journalism. The train was basically good with large seat and baggage space. Wifi onboard really helped me to do some work.
I felt dimmer light will be better, and would like smaller volume of announcement and workers’ call.
Prepare something to cover eyes and ears. Cars other than quiet car might be sometimes really noisy.
July 26, 2019Business
Carry a light blanket. The AC gets a bit cold and uncomfortable on the legs.
June 14, 2019Solo travel
Nice no comen

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