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Trip Summary

There are 34 daily trains from Washington DC to Newark. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Newark usually takes around 3 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Fastest train2h 27m
Lowest price£9.52
Trains per day42
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines8

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Newark

(Based on 76 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Pietro

20 January 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Fast. Cons: Seats. Tips: No.

5.0

Sylvia

22 October 2023- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Everything. Cons: Everything was fine. Tips: No.

4.0

Angela

10 September 2023- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quiet space/room. Cons: Air conditioner or heaters, small screens for movies series. Tips: Everything alright.

4.0

GABRIELA

27 August 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Everything On Time. Cons: Security boarding the train. Tips: Use the Quiet car for extra comfort.

5.0

Sherrine

27 August 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I liked that the seats in Coach were large and the car was comfortable! The car was bright. I will bring eye coverings but that’s a personal preference. I was traveling at 3 am so I could arrive in Jersey early morning! . The train station waiting room had no attendants and no restaurant open in DC. Newark Penn station was better. Police presence. Call Uber ahead. Cons: Boarding process! Wi-Fi password could be shared. I don’t even know if it was available. Tips: Bring water and snacks! Enjoy the ride!

Washington DC to Newark Route Map

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

In the last month, £65.96 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Newark. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £72.51 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£131£87£44FebMar

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Newark will range from £49 to £130. If you're planning to travel by train to Newark in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Washington you can find in the next 7 days is £64. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Washington DC to Newark often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in August when the average ticket price is only £97,

If you're thinking of traveling from Washington DC to Newark during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £128 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Newark from Washington will be about £72.51 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Newark?

There are 8 train lines with service from Washington to Newark. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 17 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak52h 54m£95.48
Amtrak Acela82h 31m£141.75
Amtrak Carolinian12h 57m£100.23
Amtrak Crescent13h 19m£126.91
Amtrak Northeast Regional173h 21m£77.92
Amtrak Palmetto13h 6m£70.47
Amtrak Silver Service13h 10m£123.08
Amtrak Vermonter12h 53m£94.19
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Washington to Newark every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £10.

  • The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. There are 8 Acela trips from Washington to Newark every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • 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 Washington and Newark, 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 2 hours and 57 minutes.

  • The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Washington to Newark take about 3 hours and 19 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from £75.

  • 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 17 daily train trips from Washington to Newark, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • 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 Washington to Newark 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.

  • 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 Washington to Newark start from £92 and the average train journey lasts about 3 hours and 10 minutes.

  • The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café. There are 1 Vermonter trains traveling from Washington to Newark every day, with prices starting from £20.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Washington DC and Newark is approximately 198 miles, or 318 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 27 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

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

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 34 scheduled trains on most days. 42 of these are direct connections to Newark. 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 Newark to Washington DC.

City Information

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.

Newark

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As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Main departure 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.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 9431 West St

  • 825 Kemper St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

  • Amtrak/VRE Station

  • 1500 E Main St

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • 111 South Commerce St

  • 9304 Warwick Blvd

  • 468 N Boundary St

Where is the train station in Newark?

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Main arrival station: Newark Penn Station

Not to be confused with the Penn Station in New York City just 10 miles away, Newark’s Penn Station is a vital regional transportation hub which serves the greater New York City and New Jersey area. Located a few blocks East of the central business district in Newark, Penn Station opened in 1935, when its Art Deco architecture was at the height of fashion - see if you can spot the Zodiac signs decorating the chandeliers! Travelers can access Amtrak intercity passenger trains running on the busy Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and Boston, as well as intercity buses like Greyhound and Fullington Trailways. Local transit available at Penn Station includes Newark Light Rail, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid transit linking Newark to Manhattan, and NJ Transit commuter trains serving coastal and central New Jersey.

Train stations in Newark:

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Newark Intl Airport

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