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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Pittsburgh to Washington DC usually takes around 9 hours and 53 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 7 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance190 mi (305 km)
Fastest train7h 45m
Lowest price$73.74
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pittsburgh to Washington

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Deborah

June 19, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Limited

No stress.

No stress.

4.0

Elias

April 19, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: It was beautiful and comfortable. Cons: It was SO SLOW.

Pros: It was beautiful and comfortable. Cons: It was SO SLOW.

4.0

Pwusheng

January 14, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Limited

The train ride was very smooth and more space because of less people on board.

The train ride was very smooth and more space because of less people on board.

5.0

Andre

January 4, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: I liked how conventional it was. Cons: More options on the cafe menu. Tips: Bring a pillow and enjoy.

Pros: I liked how conventional it was. Cons: More options on the cafe menu. Tips: Bring a pillow and enjoy.

4.0

Richard

June 8, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Scenery. Lack of traffic. New impressions of heard about areas. Cons: WiFi on board Accept cash in the cafe car.

Pros: Scenery. Lack of traffic. New impressions of heard about areas. Cons: WiFi on board Accept cash in the cafe car.

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

In the last month, $114.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Washington. 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 $77.76 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$184$123$61SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Pittsburgh to Washington DC will vary between C$112 and C$175. Planning a train trip to Washington within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Pittsburgh over the next 7 days is C$112. 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

$171$137$102$68$34NDJFMAMJJASO

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Pittsburgh to Washington DC by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$101 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Pittsburgh to Washington DC in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$153 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

$171$137$102$68$343020100

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 Pittsburgh will be about C$77.76 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Pittsburgh to Washington DC?

2 train services operate from Pittsburgh to Washington. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak310h 37m$161.61
Amtrak Capitol Limited17h 45m$90.20
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 3 Amtrak trains from Pittsburgh to Washington every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $101.

  • Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Pittsburgh 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Pittsburgh to Washington DC?

The distance between Pittsburgh and Washington DC is approximately 190 miles, or 305 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 53 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 45 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Pittsburgh at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. 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 Pittsburgh to Washington DC?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to Pittsburgh.

City Information

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

Washington DC

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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

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

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

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Main departure station: 1100 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh’s Union Station on Liberty Ave is a historic building that opened in 1903. Enter the station through enormous outdoor arches and pass beneath the spectacular rotunda dome with a central skylight. Once inside, you can catch the Capitol Limited train on its daily service from Chicago to DC or hop aboard the Pennsylvanian as it begins the journey to New York. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the station offers easy access to the nearby bus terminal, parking, restaurants, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

All train stations in Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main arrival station: 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.

Train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

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