Compare train tickets from Charlotte to Washington DC
We partner with all bus & train carriers to find the best fares.
No Wanderu Fees
Without any extra fees, we make it easy to book your tickets.
Best Travel Options
We help you find & compare the best buses & trains in one place.
Charlotte-Washington DC Train Schedule
There is one daily train from Charlotte to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Charlotte to Washington DC usually takes around 9 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 8 hours and 7 minutes.
|Distance||330 mi (530 km)|
|Fastest train||8h 7m|
|Trains per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Carolinian|
What is the price of a train ticket from Charlotte to Washington DC?
In the last month, C$92.69 was the average price of a train ticket from Charlotte, NC 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 C$53.29 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Charlotte to Washington DC will vary between C$90 and C$122. Planning a train trip to Washington within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Charlotte over the next 7 days is C$90. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Charlotte to Washington DC by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$92 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Charlotte to Washington DC in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$113 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Washington from Charlotte will be about C$53.29 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Charlotte to Washington DC?
2 train services operate from Charlotte, North Carolina to Washington, District of Columbia. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.
The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Charlotte and Washington, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 9 hours and 45 minutes.
The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Charlotte to Washington take about 8 hours and 7 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $90.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Charlotte to Washington 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 Charlotte to Washington DC?
The distance between Charlotte and Washington DC is approximately 330 miles, or 530 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 7 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 Charlotte to Washington DC 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 Monday 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 Charlotte at 1:00am and arrives in Washington DC around 8 hours later.
Is there a direct train from Charlotte to Washington DC?
Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Washington DC with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.
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.
Where is the train station in Charlotte?
There is one train station in Charlotte:
Other train stations in Charlotte:
1914 N Tryon St
Where is the train station in Washington DC?
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.
Need a return trip from Washington DC to Charlotte?Search Train Tickets
Wanderu is the simplest way to book bus and train travel.
With just a quick search on Wanderu, you can compare bus and train schedules and prices from hundreds of travel companies in one convenient place to find the trip that works best for you. Wanderu’s simple checkout process makes it easy to book cheap bus and train tickets hassle-free and with no additional fees. Most importantly, as Wanderu is an official partner of all leading bus and train companies, we always have the best bus and train deals out there.
Plan your next adventure
More trains from Charlotte
- Train from Charlotte to Greensboro
- Train from Charlotte to Raleigh
- Train from Charlotte to Newark
- Charlotte to Las Vegas Train
- Charlotte to New York Train
- Charlotte to Philadelphia Train
- Train from Charlotte to Greenville
- Charlotte to North Charleston Train
- Train from Charlotte to Richmond
Continue by train from Washington DC
- Washington D.C. to Toronto Train
- Washington D.C. to Montreal
- Washington D.C. to Los Angeles
- Train from Washington D.C. to Miami
- Washington D.C. to Orlando Train
- Washington D.C. to Atlanta Train
- Train from Washington D.C. to Chicago
- Washington D.C. to Boston
- Washington D.C. to Baltimore Train
- Train from Washington D.C. to Charlotte
- Train from Washington D.C. to Raleigh
- Washington D.C. to Atlantic City Train
- Washington D.C. to Newark
- Train from Washington D.C. to New York
- Train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia
- Train from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh
- Washington D.C. to Charlottesville Train
- Washington D.C. to Richmond Train