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Helpful info about taking the train from Boston to New York

  • The train from Boston to New York takes 4 hours and 0 minutes on average. The journey is even shorter if you travel on Amtrak’s fast train from Boston to NYC, the Acela, with a travel time of 3 hours and 31 minutes.

    • Amtrak’s Acela line provides high-speed train service from Boston to NYC. Acela trains can reach up to 150 mph and make fewer stops, so the Acela gets to New York about 30 minutes faster than the Amtrak Northeast Regional train. The Acela also features upgraded amenities for passengers in its two classes of service, First Class and Business Class.

    • One of the easiest ways to get from Boston to New York is taking the train. Train travel means skipping long security lines at the airport, higher luggage allowances than airlines, and avoiding traffic on highways. Taking the bus is another convenient option to avoid the stress of flying, though traffic conditions can impact your arrival time.

    • It’s convenient and affordable to take a day trip from Boston to New York by train. Trains from Boston arrive in Manhattan, near Times Square and Hudson Yards. The latest train from NYC back to Boston departs at 7:00pm, so you can have a full day exploring New York and get back to Boston before midnight.

    • Many travelers take the train from Boston on business trips to New York City. Stay productive with the train’s consistent WiFi and power outlets at each seat, and arrive to meetings on time by avoiding traffic and flight delays. If your company will reimburse the train ticket, we say spring for Business Class, too!

    • Getting to New York without a car is no problem, thanks to trains, buses, and flights into the Big Apple. Most travelers actually prefer not having a car in New York City, because getting around via subway is easier than driving. Amtrak trains to New York arrive at Penn Station, which is connected to the subway at the 34 St - Penn Station stop for A, C, and E trains.

    • A train from Boston to New York usually costs less than a flight, or roughly in the same ballpark if demand is high. However, choosing to take the train instead of flying from Boston to NYC will save you money on other costs besides the ticket price. Trains do not charge fees for WiFi or your first two checked bags, and arriving at the train station in Manhattan means you don’t have to pay for expensive transportation from JFK Airport, LaGuardia, or Newark into the city.

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Trip Summary

There are 18 daily trains from Boston to New York. Traveling by train from Boston to New York usually takes around 4 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 3 hours and 31 minutes.

Distance190 mi (306 km)
Fastest train3h 31m
Lowest price£15.75
Trains per day38
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston to New York

(Based on 297 ratings and reviews)




16 May 2024- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

The smoothness of the ride and relative calm and quietness.



14 May 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: What I liked about my trip was the comfort of the train . Great seating . Very clean and spacious. On time, trains are very quiet and I loved the pretty scenery. I would recommend! Cons: Maybe some light music in background. Tips: Be on time , train leaves on the dote. Bring snacks .



6 May 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Super easy



12 April 2024- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: On time. Cons: In the email, there is no detailed information of the bus and had to walk 10 minutes back and forth to find the right window to ask the question and then go to the gate.



4 April 2024- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

On time

Boston to New York Route Map

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What is the price of a train ticket from Boston to New York?

In the last month, £78.87 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston to New York. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £74.34 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Boston to New York will vary between £57 and £168. Planning a train trip to New York within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Boston over the next 7 days is £93. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices


Ticket prices for the train from Boston to New York often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in January when the average ticket price is only £85,

If you're thinking of traveling from Boston to New York during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £141 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to New York from Boston will be about £74.34 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to New York?

There are multiple trains from Boston to New York running from early morning into the evening. All trains from Boston to New York are operated by Amtrak. Your main options are the Amtrak Northeast Regional and the Amtrak Acela.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak53h 51m£157.14
Amtrak Acela83h 44m£144.75
Amtrak Northeast Regional104h 14m£89.55
  • 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 Boston to New York every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £61.

  • 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 Boston to New York 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 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 10 daily train trips from Boston to New York, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Departing from South Station in Boston, the Amtrak Northeast Regional train makes 12 other stops before arriving at Penn Station in New York. The Acela has only 6 stops between Boston and NYC, which makes it 35 minutes faster than the Northeast Regional on average.

The route from Boston to NYC is 190 miles, or 306 kilometers long. The train from Boston to New York usually takes around 4 hours and 0 minutes when you ride the Amtrak Northeast Regional. The fastest Acela train takes 3 hours and 31 minutes.

Trains from Boston to New York are the most crowded on Thursday. 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.

The earliest train departs Boston at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 18 scheduled trains on most days. 38 of these are direct connections to New York. 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 New York to Boston.

City Information


Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

New York


New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Main departure station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

Main arrival station: NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

Train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

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