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Trip Summary

There are 35 daily trains from Baltimore to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Baltimore to Washington DC usually takes around one hour and 4 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 21 minutes.

Distance35 mi (56 km)
Fastest train0h 21m
Lowest price£4.54
Trains per day48
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines9

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Baltimore to Washington

(Based on 54 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Beverly

16 June 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Simple and affordable way to travel to Washington DC from Baltimore. Would definitely do this trip again in the future!

Simple and affordable way to travel to Washington DC from Baltimore. Would definitely do this trip again in the future!

5.0

Victoria

3 June 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I liked how easy the ride was. Cons: Union station in DC is horrible to get dropped off at.

Pros: I liked how easy the ride was. Cons: Union station in DC is horrible to get dropped off at.

5.0

A

30 May 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Cons: Could be cheaper for the Baltimore to DC trio. Tips: Try and use MARC for Baltimore to DC trip.

Cons: Could be cheaper for the Baltimore to DC trio. Tips: Try and use MARC for Baltimore to DC trip.

4.0

Grace

16 April 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: i like going to dc on the train with my friends. Cons: nothing really. Tips: no.

Pros: i like going to dc on the train with my friends. Cons: nothing really. Tips: no.

5.0

Jay

7 April 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Grandfather/ grandson trip and I promised my grandson a train trip - he enjoyed it. Cons: We purchased tickets in advance , and decided to change to an earlier trip. I was disappointed that there was an up charge especially because the train was hardly occupied.

Pros: Grandfather/ grandson trip and I promised my grandson a train trip - he enjoyed it. Cons: We purchased tickets in advance , and decided to change to an earlier trip. I was disappointed that there was an up charge especially because the train was hardly occupied.

Baltimore to Washington DC Route Map

Baltimore Washington

Price trends for trains from Baltimore to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

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Which train should you take from Baltimore to Washington DC?

There are 9 train lines with service from Baltimore to Washington. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 9 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak93h 41m£73.63
Amtrak Acela80h 33m£35.13
Amtrak Cardinal10h 39m£26.34
Amtrak Carolinian10h 38m£20.83
Amtrak Crescent10h 49m£28.16
Amtrak Northeast Regional130h 39m£8.47
Amtrak Palmetto10h 36m£26.07
Amtrak Silver Service10h 40m£23.92
Amtrak Vermonter10h 39m£9.48
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 9 Amtrak trains from Baltimore to Washington every day, as well as 22 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £5.

  • Amtrak Acela

    Amtrak Acela

    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 Baltimore to Washington every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Baltimore to Washington per day, with an average trip length of 0 hours and 39 minutes.

  • Amtrak Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    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 Baltimore and Washington, 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 0 hours and 38 minutes.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    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 Baltimore to Washington take about 0 hours and 49 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from £22.

  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

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

  • Amtrak Palmetto

    Amtrak Palmetto

    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 Baltimore to Washington 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.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    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 Baltimore to Washington start from £18 and the average train journey lasts about 0 hours and 40 minutes.

  • Amtrak Vermonter

    Amtrak Vermonter

    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 Baltimore to Washington every day, with prices starting from £5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to have a day trip from Baltimore to DC?

Washington DC makes for an excellent day-trip from Baltimore. The duration of this ride is about 35 to 48 minutes, depending on the train you choose, leaving plenty of time for a full day of activities in the nation’s capital. With 48 trips scheduled daily, trains are coming and going all the time, making this route incredibly convenient.

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

Can you take a train all the way from Baltimore to Washington DC?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Baltimore to Washington DC. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

The distance between Baltimore and Washington DC is approximately 35 miles, or 56 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 21 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Washington DC.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Baltimore to Washington DC tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Baltimore at 00:00 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.

Is there a direct train from Baltimore to Washington DC?

There are 35 scheduled trains on most days. 48 of these are direct connections to Washington DC. 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 Washington DC to Baltimore.

City Information

Baltimore

Baltimore is a seaport in Maryland best known for its crab cakes and baseball legend, Babe Ruth. As there is plenty to see in Charm City, you'll be singing "Good Morning, Baltimore'' as soon as you experience all of the sights and activities this quirky town has to offer.

Some of Baltimore's most impressive attractions are centered in and around Inner Harbor. This scenic waterfront is filled with historic ships, dating as far back as the Civil War in the case of the USS Constellation. Alongside shops and restaurants, Inner Harbor also hosts the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and several entertainment venues where you can catch live music. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the harbor from atop Federal Hill Park, or if you prefer the view that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner," head out to Fort McHenry, known for its role in the War of 1812.

Baltimore is one of the stops on Wanderu's recommended East Coast wine tour, but don't worry about racking up a hefty tab; luckily, Baltimore is also one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S., with the cheapest bottle of beer going for just $1.42. Enjoy your wine or beer along the Avenue in Hampden, a neighborhood known for its hipster bars, restaurants, and boutiques.

Ready to plan your Baltimore adventure? Numerous bus and train options make Baltimore affordably accessible by ground transportation, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport not only offers hundreds of daily flights, it also is one of the best airports for food in the U.S.

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, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

Baltimore, MD - Penn Station - BALAMT-0

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Main departure station: Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

Pennsylvania Station, commonly referred to as just Penn Station, is the main train station in Baltimore. Owned and operated by Amtrak, the station serves as a regional hub for all of the train carrier’s nine services that pass through Baltimore, including the Acela, the Northeast Regional, the Crescent, and the Palmetto. Conveniently located near Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor, Penn Station is accessible from all parts of the city via several transit bus lines and two commuter rail services. The Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Collegetown shuttles also serve Penn Station, allowing students to travel easily between the train station and campus.

All train stations in Baltimore:

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • 1341 Hughes Ford Rd

  • Frederick Transit Center-MARC Station

  • 547E Riverside Dr

  • 100 Heron Blvd

  • Easton Airport - Main Terminal

  • Transit Ctr - 12848 Ocean Gtwy

  • 11011 Manklin Creek Rd

  • 3206 Main St

  • 201 East Harrison St

  • Washington County Transit Transfer Ctr

  • 12401 Willowbrook Rd SE

  • Hancock Truck Plaza

  • Frostburg State Univ, Harold J Cordts PE Ctr

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

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