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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Raleigh?

Lowest Price£37.66
Fastest Train5h 43m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Raleigh 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.

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

In the last month, £39.04 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Raleigh, NC. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £17.73 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Washington DC to Raleigh?

The distance between Washington DC and Raleigh is approximately 233 miles, or 375 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 43 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 Raleigh are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Washington DC at 11:00 and arrives in Raleigh around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Raleigh?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Raleigh with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Raleigh to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Raleigh for £47.08.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Raleigh?

2 train services operate from Washington, District of Columbia to Raleigh, North Carolina. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carolinian16h 14m£41.99
Amtrak Silver Service15h 43m£44.38

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Raleigh?

Raleigh has one train station:

  • Union Station

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Raleigh, NC
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Carolinian report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Martha Leonor
18 November 2019Visiting friends
It was the first time I traveled by train in USA. It was nice not to worry about driving and enjoy the view of the country side..
Travel by Amtrak. The staff is very nice, the train is comfortable and clean. When I arrive to Cary, where my friend was waiting for me by mistake. The conductor Kevin was wonderful! He was helpful, friendly and polite, The gentleman at the Cary station, Tom and the la...More
23 June 2019Business
Food price was reasonable and well prepared. The lady at the diner cart was very friendly.
It was very cold in the train, many people were prepared and wrapped with a blanket. I had to wear several layers of cloths to keep me warm.
Bring some warm cloths.

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