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Trip Summary

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

Lowest Price$38.73
Fastest Train2h 53m
Trains Per Day20
Train Lines9

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 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.

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

In the last month, $70.83 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 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $107.64 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 25 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 53 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 Thursday. 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 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from New York to Washington DC.

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 $12.01.

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 29m$38.73
Amtrak Acela53h 0m$177.79
Amtrak Cardinal13h 30m$62.93
Amtrak Carolinian13h 23m$61.79
Amtrak Crescent13h 45m$73.94
Amtrak Northeast Regional103h 33m$67.45
Amtrak Palmetto13h 28m$68.92
Amtrak Silver Service13h 35m$67.17
Amtrak Vermonter13h 26m$69.54

Where is the train station in New York?

There is one train station in New York:

  • Penn Station

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington DC has one train station:

  • Union Station

Price trends for trains from New York to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

$140$93$47SepOct

Monthly average prices

$200$160$120$80$40ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$167$134$100$67$333020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York, NY to Washington, DC
4.7
Based on 77 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
3.0
Value
3.0
Condition
5.0
Mary
4.0
February 23, 2020Visiting family
Pros
I enjoy train travel in general and don't get it often. Trip was not stressful.
Cons
bumpy track?

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Acela report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Lauralee
5.0
February 24, 2020Vacation
Pros
Good value for money and more relaxing than flight.
Cons
Lower the cost of refreshments available on your train.
Tips
Take refreshments with you.

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Carolinian report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Staff
4.7
Value
4.7
Condition
5.0
Jacqueline
5.0
July 19, 2020Business
Pros
Again, safe travel! COVID-19/CDC rules enforced.
Cons
More quiet cars on early departures!
Frederic
4.0
July 7, 2019Vacation
Pros
Team is efficient
Cons
Air conditioning is freezing cold Not possible to book numbered seats

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Cardinal report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Maya
5.0
September 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was smooth

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Crescent report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Pamela
5.0
September 2, 2019Vacation
Pros
Train ride and time in NYC
Cons
All was well
Tips
Use Wanderu all the time

Based on 62 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 72 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.4
Staff
4.3
Value
3.6
Condition
4.6
Teresa
4.0
June 28, 2020Regular commuter
Pros
Fastest and on time.
Cons
Everything is good 👍.
Tips
I choosing amtrak books I book in Wanderu . They give you more choices of your trip. Train are clean no smell inside.
Jacqueline
5.0
June 21, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Covid-19 regulations are enforced
Cons
Not having people sitting behind me pulling on my seat constantly!
Tips
Please! Face mask should Cover Nose also
Starr
4.0
June 13, 2020Vacation
Pros
It was just a quick getaway with my daughters, decided to take Amtrak because they had never rode the train.
Scholastique Desiree
5.0
January 15, 2020Business
Pros
i was comfortable
Cons
the price. it was a little bit expensive
Tips
wanderu is a good app
Maria
5.0
January 11, 2020Vacation
Pros
Comfy seats

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Palmetto report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.0
Value
3.0
Condition
4.8
Tiina
5.0
September 14, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The seats were spacious and nice, the train was on time, wifi worked well
Cons
It's really cold inside the train
Jonee
5.0
June 1, 2019Business
Pros
Found a home.
Cons
The price is high, and we were not allowed to choose our car.

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Agnes
4.0
July 22, 2019Vacation
Pros
Comfort and spacious
Cons
Arriving on time

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
4.0
Value
4.5
Condition
4.5
Zerina Marie
5.0
July 3, 2020Visiting family
Pros
There was plenty of seating and overhead storage available. There seemed to be plenty of food options as well, though it was my partner who went to purchase food. One of the conductors let passengers know if their stop was coming up, which I thought was very considerate...More

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