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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to New York?

Lowest PriceCHF 26.27
Fastest Train2h 49m
Trains Per Day17
Train Lines7

Washington DC to New York Route Map

Washington New York

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a train from DC to New York City a good day trip?

Going by Amtrak from Washington, D.C., to New York makes for a long but very doable day trip. If you take the Acela, the train will take an average of 2 hours and 56 minutes, while the Northeast Regional will take about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Your best bet is to plan a day trip for Saturday or Sunday. If you depart Union Station by 8 a.m., you’ll arrive into New York’s Penn Station before noon. That will give you ample time to get lunch, wander the city, and go to a 2 or 3 p.m. matinee.

Broadway shows rarely run longer than two hours, so after the show you can grab dinner, shop on Fifth Avenue or walk The High Line before heading home. If you leave by 8 p.m, you’ll arrive back in D.C. between 11 and 11:30, having spent a full eight hours in The Big Apple.

Is it worth taking the Acela over the regular Amtrak?

The Acela from D.C. to New York is probably not worth the price. It is only 16% faster than Amtrak’s other offerings, and would get you to your destination about 34 minutes ahead of a Northeast Regional train.

Between Union Station in D.C. and Penn Station in New York, the Acela makes 8 stops, mostly in bigger cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore. The Northeast Regional makes 16 stops in many smaller towns such as Aberdeen, Maryland and Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

The average price of the Acela for this route is around $200, whereas a Northeast Regional train ticket averages close to $100. Because the Acela isn’t that much faster than the Northeast Regional but is almost twice the price, it really isn’t worth it for this route unless you prefer the upgraded comfort and upscale amenities that Acela has to offer.

Is taking the train better than taking the bus or flying?

Taking the train from Washington, D.C. to New York is neither the cheapest nor the fastest travel option, but it’s a great way to get from one city to the next without compromising too much in either respect. The average train ticket price hovers just under $100, less than the price of a flight, and you can find tickets for even cheaper than that.

Trains usually take 3 to 3.5 hours whereas a nonstop, one-way flight from DC to New York takes about 1 hour 20 minutes and costs about $124, not including baggage fees. When you factor in having to arrive at the airport early, the difference in total travel time is negligible. The train is a good alternative for people who dislike flying and want to save some money.

The bus is the cheapest option, with tickets costing around $20 on average. However, bus rides take the longest, with an average travel time of 4 to 5 hours between DC and NYC.

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to New York 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.

How do you find cheap train tickets from DC to NYC?

In the last month, CHF 50.25 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to New York, NY. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around CHF 65.93 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train ride from DC to New York?

The distance between Washington DC and New York is approximately 204 miles, or 328 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 49 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to New York 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 Thursday 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 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 New York?

There are 17 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Washington DC to New York.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New York to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to New York for CHF 18.12.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to New York?

There are 7 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to New York, New York. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 21mCHF 58.74
Amtrak Acela42h 54mCHF 119.24
Amtrak Carolinian13h 20mCHF 65.60
Amtrak Northeast Regional103h 27mCHF 44.57
Amtrak Palmetto13h 26mCHF 52.67
Amtrak Silver Service13h 25mCHF 26.27
Amtrak Vermonter13h 13mCHF 45.47

Amtrak train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 26, and on average cost CHF 59. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to New York. Amtrak in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 21 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay CHF 87 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Amtrak Acela train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 116, and on average cost CHF 119. Daily there are 4 Amtrak Acela schedules to New York. Amtrak Acela in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 2 hours and 54 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay CHF 120 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 26, and on average cost CHF 66. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to New York. Amtrak Carolinian in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost CHF 81 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 26, and on average cost CHF 45. Daily there are 10 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to New York. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 3 hours and 27 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay CHF 50 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 26, and on average cost CHF 53. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to New York. Amtrak Palmetto in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 3 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost CHF 64 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Silver Service train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 26, and on average cost CHF 26. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Silver Service schedules to New York. Amtrak Silver Service in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Silver Service takes 3 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Silver Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes.

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from CHF 26, and on average cost CHF 45. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to New York. Amtrak Vermonter in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 3 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost CHF 53 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in New York?

New York has one train station:

  • Penn Station

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to New York

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to New York, NY

(Based on 67 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Najnin

22 February 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Arrived on time Arrived on time

5.0

Jacqueline

12 August 2020 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Covid-19 rules seriously enforced. Cons: assistance with luggage!!! Tips: if you are traveling on an early train schedule... there is NO one to assist with luggage if train is on low track! Pros: Covid-19 rules seriously enforced. Cons: assistance with luggage!!! Tips: if you are traveling on an early train schedule... there is NO one to assist with luggage if train is on low track!

5.0

Jacqueline

17 June 2020 - Regular commuter

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Covid-19 travel regulations in enforced! Cons: Track work to reduce the shaking!!! Tips: Just me...a weekly commute. Pros: Covid-19 travel regulations in enforced! Cons: Track work to reduce the shaking!!! Tips: Just me...a weekly commute.

5.0

Heydy

8 June 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Everything was great,only a group of people,did'nt wear the masks,and spoke very loudly,I think the train staff should have done something about it. Cons: More attention, on what I mentioned above. Tips: I hope that very soon,we can use the train in its entirety,... Pros: Everything was great,only a group of people,did'nt wear the masks,and spoke very loudly,I think the train staff should have done something about it. Cons: More attention, on what I mentioned above. Tips: I hope that very soon,we can use the train in its entirety,whit all the services!!!More

5.0

Yazmin

20 April 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Vermonter

Pros: Obtuve atención de las personas a las que acudí para preguntar. El empleado con suma amabilidad me ayudó con mi equipaje y me llevo hasta el vagón. Cons: No dejas pasar homeless people. Tips: Sigamos siendo amables con todos y cada uno de nosotros. Pros: Obtuve atención de las personas a las que acudí para preguntar. El empleado con suma amabilidad me ayudó con mi equipaje y me llevo hasta el vagón. Cons: No dejas pasar homeless people. Tips: Sigamos siendo amables con todos y cada uno de nosotros.

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