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How to get to Washington by train

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What is a good price for a train ticket to Washington?

£5.49 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Washington, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Washington. In the last month, trains from Rockville to Washington had the lowest average price at £7.45. The train from New Carrollton to Washington also tends to start at relatively low prices.

Where is the train station in Washington, DC?

The main train station in Washington is Union Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Washington.

Where should you stay in Washington?

If you don’t mind staying outside of downtown, some of the most affordable in Washington, D.C. are Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA. Both towns lie across the Potomac River from D.C., but have convenient bus and train options into the city.

If you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can find reasonable accomodations in D.C. proper near Dupont Circle, a trendy area with cafés, bars, art galleries and shops. As a bonus, the neighborhood is a short walk away from the museums and monuments of the National Mall.

Baseball fans may consider staying near the Capitol Riverfront, about a mile south of the U.S. Capitol building. The neighborhood is a relatively new development, with hip bars and restaurants, and is just a short walk to Nationals Park.

How do you get around Washington, D.C.?

The best way to get around Washington, D.C. is by taking the Metrorail. D.C.’s subway system, the Metrorail is incredibly convenient, with stops across the city. Fares vary based on time of day and the distance between stations, so if possible, avoid traveling during rush hour. The Metro bus system is equally easy to use, especially in the Downtown D.C. area.

The Smithsonian Metro Station is an important stop for anyone wanting to visit the Smithsonian Institution museums, as well as the monuments on the National Mall (such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument). Additional nearby Metro stations include Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza, which may be a little less crowded than the Smithsonian station.

Many Metro stops are named after the sites they’re close to, making the system especially easy to navigate.

What are some fun things to do in Washington, D.C.?

Washington, D.C. is full of free activities sure to keep you busy. A walk along the National Mall will take you to most of the monuments and the Smithsonian Institution buildings. The Natural History Museum and the National Air and Space Museum are arguably two of the most compelling museums. Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free, too. (All Smithsonian attractions are free.)

Baseball fans may consider attending a Washington Nationals game when in season. The team has only resided in Washington, D.C. since 2005, but has seen much success since making the move from Montreal, winning their division title four times since 2012.

Or if you prefer to do some casual perusing, head to Georgetown. DC’s oldest neighborhood is the perfect place for shopping. For those with a taste for history, visit the Mansion on O Street and see how many of the mansion’s 70 secret doors you can find.

What are some good restaurants in the D.C. area?

Perhaps your most important meal in Washington, D.C. is the one you’ll eat after trekking around the National Mall and through the Smithsonians: Expect to be hungry, so plan ahead. Two great options just a short walk away are The Partisan and Oyamel Cocina Mexicana. Slightly farther but still close, you’ll find Old Ebbitt Grill, the oldest saloon in Washington.

Near Washington’s Union Station, if you want a quick bite before catching your train or after arriving, consider Fare Well — a classic diner with reasonable prices and killer buffalo cauliflower dip. A few blocks northwest, you could also try Busboys and Poets, which serves a solid brunch.

Other great options in the District include Le Diplomate, a French-style bistro, and the barbecue restaurant Federalist Pig, where you’ll find dishes inspired by politics.

What is the best time to visit Washington by train?

Almost 2,000 trains arrive into Washington, D.C. daily, so there’s no bad time to visit by train. Because it’s the capital of the United States, a lot of people commute into the city for work, so you may want to avoid arriving or departing during rush hour.

In terms of seasons, summer in D.C. is humid and crowded, so it might be best to avoid the busy season. Spring has the blooming of Washington’s iconic cherry blossoms, and fall has impressive foliage, but allow us to make a case for visiting D.C. in winter. So many of Washington’s top sites are indoors (the Smithsonian museums), and you’ll be able to jump from one to the next without the crowds.

Baltimore

There are 36 scheduled trains per day from Baltimore to Washington. The route can be as long as 35 miles, or 57 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 38 minutes. There are 9 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak has the most daily trains. Trains from Baltimore usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
0h 38m
Avg. Price
£12.66

Newark

There are 26 scheduled trains per day from Newark to Washington. The route can be as long as 198 miles, or 319 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 3 hours and 8 minutes. There are 9 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak has the most daily trains. Trains from Newark usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
3h 8m
Avg. Price
£61.27

Iselin

There are 24 scheduled trains per day from Iselin to Washington. The route can be as long as 185 miles, or 298 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 3 hours . There are 4 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak Acela Express has the most daily trains. Trains from Iselin usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
3h 0m
Avg. Price
£100.36

Boston

There are 22 scheduled trains per day from Boston to Washington. The route can be as long as 394 miles, or 634 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 7 hours and 56 minutes. There are 3 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak has the most daily trains. Trains from Boston usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
7h 56m
Avg. Price
£82.66

New York

There are 21 scheduled trains per day from New York to Washington. The route can be as long as 204 miles, or 328 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 3 hours and 24 minutes. There are 9 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak has the most daily trains. Trains from New York usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
3h 24m
Avg. Price
£59.42

Located in District of Columbia, Washington is accessible by train from 374 other cities. You can choose from 1318 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Washington on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Washington

Amtrak

There are 147 scheduled Amtrak trains per day. Amtrak can get you to Washington from 290 cities, including Harrisburg.
Amtrak
Amtrak
Avg. Time
11h 23m
Avg. Price
£68.93

Amtrak Northeast Regional

There are 224 scheduled Amtrak Northeast Regional trains per day. Amtrak Northeast Regional can get you to Washington from 47 cities, including New York.
Amtrak Northeast Regional
Amtrak Northeast Regional
Avg. Time
3h 45m
Avg. Price
£40.08

Amtrak Silver Service

There are 22 scheduled Amtrak Silver Service trains per day. Amtrak Silver Service can get you to Washington from 39 cities, including Baltimore.
Amtrak Silver Service
Amtrak Silver Service
Avg. Time
7h 58m
Avg. Price
£53.87

Amtrak Crescent

There are 8 scheduled Amtrak Crescent trains per day. Amtrak Crescent can get you to Washington from 31 cities, including New Orleans.
Amtrak Crescent
Amtrak Crescent
Avg. Time
5h 47m
Avg. Price
£50.36

Amtrak Cardinal

There are 5 scheduled Amtrak Cardinal trains per day. Amtrak Cardinal can get you to Washington from 25 cities, including Chicago.
Amtrak Cardinal
Amtrak Cardinal
Avg. Time
5h 3m
Avg. Price
£35.26

Amtrak Carolinian

There are 22 scheduled Amtrak Carolinian trains per day. Amtrak Carolinian can get you to Washington from 23 cities, including Richmond.
Amtrak Carolinian
Amtrak Carolinian
Avg. Time
4h 2m
Avg. Price
£33.73

Amtrak Palmetto

There are 14 scheduled Amtrak Palmetto trains per day. Amtrak Palmetto can get you to Washington from 22 cities, including Fayetteville.
Amtrak Palmetto
Amtrak Palmetto
Avg. Time
3h 33m
Avg. Price
£41.42

Amtrak Capitol Limited

There are 4 scheduled Amtrak Capitol Limited trains per day. Amtrak Capitol Limited can get you to Washington from 15 cities, including Cleveland.
Amtrak Capitol Limited
Amtrak Capitol Limited
Avg. Time
9h 20m
Avg. Price
£39.38

Amtrak Acela

There are 50 scheduled Amtrak Acela trains per day. Amtrak Acela can get you to Washington from 13 cities, including New York.
Amtrak Acela
Amtrak Acela
Avg. Time
3h 8m
Avg. Price
£93.83

Amtrak Vermonter

There are 12 scheduled Amtrak Vermonter trains per day. Amtrak Vermonter can get you to Washington from 11 cities, including New Carrollton.
Amtrak Vermonter
Amtrak Vermonter
Avg. Time
2h 51m
Avg. Price
£38.46

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