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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from New York to Boston?

Lowest PriceMX$638.61
Fastest Train3h 36m
Trains Per Day24
Train Lines3

New York to Boston Route Map

New York Boston

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York to Boston 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.

Is it worth taking the Acela over the Northeast Regional?

The primary advantage of Acela is that it is faster than Amtrak's Northeast Regional train. In most cases, choosing the Acela will mean that you save 40 minutes to an hour on your one-way trip from NY to Boston. However, Acela tickets cost roughly $50 more than Northeast Regional tickets for any given travel date.

Whether the Acela is worth it will mostly depend on how much of a hurry you are in. There are some other benefits to the Acela, such as faster WiFi, larger tables, and a special cafe car.

What is a cheap ticket price for trains from New York to Boston?

Based on recent data, MX$1,186.06 is the lowest price you can expect to find for a train ticket from New York City to Boston, Massachusetts on the Amtrak Northeast Regional. Keep in mind that even the least expensive Acela tickets are likely to cost more than this. In any case, your best chances of nabbing a cheap train ticket is to book at least 22 days in advance. Since New York to Boston is a very popular and busy train route, it's always a good idea to plan ahead and reserve your tickets as early as possible.

How long does the train take to get from New York City to Boston?

Depending on whether you take the Amtrak Northeast Regional or the high-speed Acela train, the trip takes around 3.5 to 4.5 hours. With several additional stops in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the Northeast Regional can take up to an hour longer than the Acela to complete the 190-mile journey from New York to Boston.

When are NY-Boston trains the most crowded?

Trains from New York to Boston are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 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 Boston?

There are 24 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from New York to Boston.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Boston to New York. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from New York to Boston for MX$198.19.

Which trains can you take from NY to Boston?

Amtrak service from New York City to Boston consists of the Northeast Regional train and the Acela train. The Northeast Regional is more affordable but slower, while the Acela is pricier but faster. Between the two, the Northeast Regional is the more popular option for most travelers, with 16 scheduled trips per day.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak18h 36mMX$1,311.36
Amtrak Acela83h 50mMX$2,467.02
Amtrak Northeast Regional164h 33mMX$1,226.13

Where is the train station in New York?

All trains to Boston depart from New York City's primary station:
  • Penn Station

Where is the train station in Boston?

All trains from NYC will arrive at one of Boston's two major stations:
  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

New York City to Boston Train Prices

Average prices by travel date

MX$1,982MX$1,321MX$661OctNov

Monthly average prices

MX$3,303MX$2,643MX$1,982MX$1,321MX$661NDJFMAMJJASO

Prices as travel date approaches

MX$2,753MX$2,202MX$1,652MX$1,101MX$5513020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York, NY to Boston, MA
4.7
Based on 54 ratings and reviews

Based on 11 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
4.6
Staff
4.6
Value
3.0
Condition
4.7
Lambertus
5.0
January 2, 2020Couples trip
Pros
Smooth check in, train left on time. Clean toilet, good coffee.
Cons
We were not aware of the prices: if you book in advance, the ride is much cheaper.
Tips
Book your trip in advance!!
Daani
5.0
November 9, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was expensive but worth space + time tradeoff
Cons
WiFi wasn't great but workable.
Craig
3.0
August 8, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Got me home
Cons
Run on time
Polina
5.0
July 31, 2019Business
Pros
Super comfortable ride, much better than flying.
Marina
4.0
July 28, 2019Vacation
Cons
boarding the train

Based on 43 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 76 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
4.1
Value
3.5
Condition
4.6
Ines
5.0
September 7, 2020Couples trip
Pros
Good space allowed us to keep social distance safely.
Cons
Bathroom cleanliness. Having a cleaning crew.
Diane
5.0
August 19, 2020Visiting family
Pros
punctuality
Cons
bathrooms cleaner
Anthony
5.0
February 23, 2020Business
Pros
I really liked riding the Amtrak train. It was my first experience on Amtrak and I will be back for sure. Thank you
Cons
Nothing
Tips
None that I can think of
Pedro
5.0
January 17, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Seeing my family.
Leyla
5.0
December 29, 2019Vacation
Cons
Make a hotel damage retainer less than 75usd per night

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