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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond?

Lowest Price£15.76
Fastest Train2h 2m
Trains Per Day6
Train Lines4

Washington DC to Richmond Route Map

Washington Richmond

Frequently Asked Questions

How early should you arrive for Amtrak?

Amtrak recommends arriving between 30 and 45 minutes before your train is scheduled to depart. If you aren’t familiar with the station, plan to have your luggage checked, or want to grab something to eat from the station prior boarding, plan to get there even earlier.

Is there a direct train between DC and Richmond?

Yes, there is a direct train that goes from Washington, DC, to Richmond, Virginia. In fact, Amtrak offers at least 10 daily direct trips between the two cities. Amtrak has two stations in Richmond where you may be dropped off. Most trains stop at the Staple Mills Road Station, which is about 5 miles away from downtown Richmond. The other stop is Main Street Station, which is right in the heart of Richmond.

What is the fastest way to get from Washington DC to Richmond?

Typically, flying from Washington DC to Richmond is the overall fastest option, with a nonstop flight taking about an hour. However, plane tickets for this route regularly cost more than $300. A more affordable option is to take the train, which runs about 2 hours and 10 minutes, and costs an average of $33.

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

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

In the last month, £15.76 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Richmond, VA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £13.32 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Richmond is approximately 97 miles, or 156 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 2 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 Richmond are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Saturday 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 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 15:00. 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 Richmond?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Richmond. 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 Richmond to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Richmond for £17.91.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Richmond?

There are 4 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to Richmond, Virginia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carolinian12h 20m£17.08
Amtrak Northeast Regional42h 26m£16.72
Amtrak Palmetto12h 11m£19.03
Amtrak Silver Service12h 7m£17.40

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond start from £16, and on average cost £17. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Richmond. Amtrak Carolinian in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Richmond trains arrive at 7519 Staples Mill Rd, From Washington DC to Richmond train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to get to Richmond faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Richmond on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost £18 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond start from £16, and on average cost £17. Daily there are 4 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Richmond. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Richmond trains arrive at 7519 Staples Mill Rd and one other train station. From Washington DC to Richmond train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 2 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Richmond faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £17 for a one-way train ticket to Richmond.

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond start from £16, and on average cost £19. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Richmond. Amtrak Palmetto in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Richmond trains arrive at 7519 Staples Mill Rd, From Washington DC to Richmond train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 2 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Richmond faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Richmond on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost £22 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Silver Service train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond start from £16, and on average cost £17. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Silver Service schedules to Richmond. Amtrak Silver Service in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Richmond trains arrive at 7519 Staples Mill Rd, From Washington DC to Richmond train travel on Amtrak Silver Service takes 2 hours and 7 minutes. If you are looking to get to Richmond faster, Amtrak Silver Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Richmond on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Silver Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost £18 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 Richmond?

Richmond receives travelers from Washington DC at its two active train stations:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd
  • 1500 E Main St

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Richmond

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 Richmond, VA

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Roger

18 October 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Palmetto

Very confortable seats.Very confortable seats.

4.0

Meheret

14 September 2019 - Regular commuter

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: So far good . Cons: Please improve time maner. Tips: Yes. Pros: So far good . Cons: Please improve time maner. Tips: Yes.

5.0

Angela

13 July 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It was mine and my daughter’s first train ride. Cons: Being on time. Tips: No. Pros: It was mine and my daughter’s first train ride. Cons: Being on time. Tips: No.

5.0

Jordan

13 June 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The trip itself. It was my first trip on a train. Tips: Travel light if you can. Pros: The trip itself. It was my first trip on a train. Tips: Travel light if you can.

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