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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Richmond to Alexandria. Traveling by train from Richmond to Alexandria usually takes around 2 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Silver Service train can make the trip in one hour and 48 minutes.

Distance90 mi (145 km)
Fastest train1h 48m
Lowest price$12.16
Trains per day9
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Richmond to Alexandria

(Based on 12 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

joyce

April 2, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Very easy. Was able to park at station, walk right on the train at Staples Mill Station, left on time. Cons: Return trip was 45 minutes late. The business class compartments on both trains were dirty. On the return trip I moved to the "quiet car" which was much...

Pros: Very easy. Was able to park at station, walk right on the train at Staples Mill Station, left on time. Cons: Return trip was 45 minutes late. The business class compartments on both trains were dirty. On the return trip I moved to the "quiet car" which was much cleaner than the business car. The ride both ways was uncomfortably rough and jolting. Tips: Bring sani-wipes for hands and to clean areas around seat.

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5.0

Heather

March 25, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: All except the bathrooms. They weren't super clean. Cons: See above. Tips: N/A.

Pros: All except the bathrooms. They weren't super clean. Cons: See above. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Logan

March 6, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Very easy and cost effective. Cons: My trip from Alexandria to Richmond, there was a lot of trash stuff in the back of the seats. Tips: Check notifications prior to hopping on the train. At times there are changes that may have an effect on your travel.

Pros: Very easy and cost effective. Cons: My trip from Alexandria to Richmond, there was a lot of trash stuff in the back of the seats. Tips: Check notifications prior to hopping on the train. At times there are changes that may have an effect on your travel.

5.0

Judith N.

December 21, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

A better trip than expected. Conductor was very helpful with our luggage.

A better trip than expected. Conductor was very helpful with our luggage.

5.0

Anthony

November 10, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It's very convenient.

It's very convenient.

What is the price of a train ticket from Richmond to Alexandria?

In the last month, $25.21 was the average price of a train ticket from Richmond to Alexandria. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $13.95 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$77$51$26MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Richmond to Alexandria will vary between C$18 and C$65. Planning a train trip to Alexandria within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Richmond over the next 7 days is C$22. 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

$64$51$38$26$13JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Richmond to Alexandria by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$31 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Richmond to Alexandria in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$46 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

$64$51$38$26$133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Alexandria from Richmond will be about C$13.95 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Richmond to Alexandria?

There are 5 train lines with service from Richmond to Alexandria. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak14h 8m$45.93
Amtrak Carolinian11h 49m$24.55
Amtrak Northeast Regional42h 6m$17.30
Amtrak Palmetto11h 50m$31.06
Amtrak Silver Service11h 48m$60.48
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Richmond to Alexandria every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $12.

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  • Amtrak Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Richmond and Alexandria, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 1 hours and 49 minutes.

  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

    The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. With 4 daily train trips from Richmond to Alexandria, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • Amtrak Palmetto

    Amtrak Palmetto

    The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling from Richmond to Alexandria is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Richmond to Alexandria start from $12 and the average train journey lasts about 1 hours and 48 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond to Alexandria 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 Richmond to Alexandria?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Richmond to Alexandria. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Richmond to Alexandria?

The distance between Richmond and Alexandria is approximately 90 miles, or 145 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 48 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Richmond to Alexandria on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Richmond at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Richmond to Alexandria?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 9 of these are direct connections to Alexandria. 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 Alexandria to Richmond.

City Information

Richmond

As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Richmond?

7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-0

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7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-1

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Departure stations

Located around 5 miles north of Richmond’s city center, the Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Road is Amtrak’s busiest transport hub in the Southeast Region. The station was built in 1975 to replace the downtown Main Street Station. It now serves as an important terminal for routes traveling up and down the American East. Passengers can venture north onboard the Northeast Regional service—Amtrak’s busiest route—to Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. Richmond’s Amtrak Station also offers several southward connections to vacation destinations along the East Coast in [South Carolina(/train-tickets/us-sc/), Georgia, and Florida. In addition, the GRTC bus service is available from the station for transport into downtown Richmond.

All train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

  • 468 N Boundary St

  • Hampton Road Transit bus stop

  • Harbor Park Station

  • 9304 Warwick Blvd

Where is the train station in Alexandria?

Arrival stations

Alexandria has one train station.

Train stations in Alexandria:

  • 110 Callahan Dr

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