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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price£141.16
Fastest Train66h 55m
Trains Per Day5
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Los Angeles 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 Washington DC to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Washington DC to Los Angeles. 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.

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

In the last month, £152.80 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA. Given how far apart Washington DC and Los Angeles are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £123.74 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Washington DC to Los Angeles?

The distance between Washington DC and Los Angeles is approximately 2294 miles, or 3692 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 73 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 66 hours and 55 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?

Trains from Washington DC to Los Angeles are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Friday 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 Washington DC at 11:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 Washington DC to Los Angeles?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Los Angeles for £141.87.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Los Angeles?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Washington, District of Columbia to Los Angeles, California. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak53d 1h 48m£174.56

Amtrak train tickets from Washington DC to Los Angeles start from £141, and on average cost £175. Daily there are 5 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and 2 other train stations. From Washington DC to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 73 hours and 48 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 66 hours and 55 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 8 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £178 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

There are more train stations and stops in Los Angeles than most cities. Most trains from Washington DC will stop at one (or more) of the 3 following stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Los Angeles

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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