Compare train tickets from Santa Fe 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.
There are 2 daily trains from Santa Fe to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Santa Fe to Washington DC usually takes around 49 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 47 hours and 25 minutes.
|Distance||1597 mi (2570 km)|
|Fastest train||47h 25m|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
Price trends for trains from Santa Fe to Washington DC
Monthly average prices
Which train should you take from Santa Fe to Washington DC?
Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Fe, New Mexico to Washington, District of Columbia. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak||2||2d 1h 35m||$388.96|
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 Santa Fe to Washington every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $341.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Fe 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.
Can you take a train all the way from Santa Fe to Washington DC?
How long is the train journey from Santa Fe to Washington DC?
The distance between Santa Fe and Washington DC is approximately 1597 miles, or 2570 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 49 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 47 hours and 25 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 Santa Fe 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 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 Santa Fe at 11:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00am. 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 Santa Fe to Washington DC?
Trains leave the station in Santa Fe twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to Santa Fe.
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 Santa Fe?
There are two stations in Santa Fe where you can board the train to Washington DC.
Train stations in Santa Fe:
198 State Rd 192
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 Santa Fe?Search Train Tickets
Plan your next adventure
More trains from Santa Fe
- Train from Santa Fe to Flagstaff
- Train from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon Village
- Train from Santa Fe to Phoenix
- Train from Santa Fe to Anaheim
- Santa Fe to Los Angeles
- Santa Fe to Sacramento
- Train from Santa Fe to San Diego
- Santa Fe to San Francisco Train
- Train from Santa Fe to Santa Barbara
Continue by train from Washington DC
- Train from Washington D.C. to San Francisco
- Washington D.C. to Hartford
- Washington D.C. to Orlando Train
- Washington D.C. to Atlanta Train
- Washington D.C. to Boston
- Washington D.C. to Baltimore Train
- Train from Washington D.C. to Portland
- Washington D.C. to Newark
- Washington D.C. to Princeton Junction Train
- Train from Washington D.C. to Trenton
- Train from Washington D.C. to New York
- Train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia
- Train from Washington D.C. to Providence
- Washington D.C. to North Charleston
- Washington D.C. to Nashville Train
- Washington D.C. to Norfolk Train
- Train from Washington D.C. to Roanoke
- Train from Washington D.C. to Harpers Ferry
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.