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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from New York to Washington DC?

Lowest price$36.45
Fastest train2h 52m
Trains per day20
Train lines9

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York, NY to Washington, DC

(Based on 86 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Jamie

March 31, 2021 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It was very comfortable and a great value!It was very comfortable and a great value!

4.0

Jacqueline

February 14, 2021 - Regular commuter

Amtrak

Pros: Not much this time!!! Cons: Conductors were not circulating throughout the train cleaning seats & bathrooms which is the thing I most appreciated traveling on Amtrak trains since Covid-19. Tips: Try social distancing when boarding & exiting the train... Please! Pros: Not much this time!!! Cons: Conductors were not circulating throughout the train cleaning seats & bathrooms which is the thing I most appreciated traveling on Amtrak trains since Covid-19. Tips: Try social distancing when boarding & exiting the train... Please!

5.0

Mardiana

February 13, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Clean and safe. Cons: everything is good. Pros: Clean and safe. Cons: everything is good.

5.0

Yander

February 3, 2021 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Awesome Awesome

5.0

Mirna

February 2, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The seat. Cons: You need take to the people the temperature. Tips: Yes travel. In train is nice. Pros: The seat. Cons: You need take to the people the temperature. Tips: Yes travel. In train is nice.

New York to Washington DC Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other train stops between New York and Washington, DC?

The number of stops between New York City and D.C. depends on which train line you decide to take. The Amtrak Northeast Regional has 14 stops between New York City and D.C, among them major cities like Newark, Philadelphia and Baltimore. The Amtrak Acela only has 7 stops between NYC and D.C., including Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore.

Is it safe to travel by train from New York 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.

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

In the last month, $81.26 was the average price of a train ticket from New York, NY to Washington, DC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $134.94 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from New York to Washington DC?

The distance between New York and Washington DC is approximately 204 miles, or 328 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 20 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 52 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from New York 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 Sunday 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 New York at 2:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 New York to Washington DC?

There are 20 scheduled trains on most days. 21 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 New York. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from New York to Washington DC for $20.11.

Which train should you take from New York to Washington DC?

There are 9 train lines with service from New York, New York to Washington, District of Columbia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 28m$66.81
Amtrak Acela52h 58m$183.10
Amtrak Cardinal13h 26m$94.92
Amtrak Carolinian13h 24m$116.46
Amtrak Crescent13h 45m$126.19
Amtrak Northeast Regional103h 30m$93.28
Amtrak Palmetto13h 29m$128.53
Amtrak Silver Service13h 32m$103.72
Amtrak Vermonter13h 25m$109.04

Amtrak train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $67. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Washington. Amtrak in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $71 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Acela train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $161, and on average cost $183. Daily there are 5 Amtrak Acela schedules to Washington. Amtrak Acela in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 2 hours and 58 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $199 for a one-way train ticket to Washington.

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $95. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Washington. Amtrak Cardinal in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 3 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost $103 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $116. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Washington. Amtrak Carolinian in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 3 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $141 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Crescent train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $126. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Crescent schedules to Washington. Amtrak Crescent in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Crescent takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Crescent offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Crescent scheduled trip per day, which will cost $166 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $93. Daily there are 10 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Washington. Amtrak Northeast Regional in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $120 for a one-way train ticket to Washington.

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $129. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Washington. Amtrak Palmetto in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 3 hours and 29 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $192 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Silver Service train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $104. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Silver Service schedules to Washington. Amtrak Silver Service in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Silver Service takes 3 hours and 32 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Silver Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Silver Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost $130 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from New York to Washington DC start from $36, and on average cost $109. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to Washington. Amtrak Vermonter in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From New York to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 3 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost $115 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Price trends for trains from New York to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

$170$113$57AprApr

Monthly average prices

$189$151$113$75$38MJJASONDJFMA

Prices as travel date approaches

$189$151$113$75$383020100

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world.

Washington DC

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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

New York

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Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

Washington DC

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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.

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