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Trip Summary

There are 22 daily trains from Newark to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Newark to Washington DC usually takes around 3 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Fastest train2h 40m
Lowest price£21.02
Trains per day29
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines9

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Nancy

28 May 2021 - Visiting friends

Amtrak

The train trip was confortable, the only problem, it was full no body follow the covid restrictions, and everybody where sitting next to.and some people doesn’t cover their faces

The train trip was confortable, the only problem, it was full no body follow the covid restrictions, and everybody where sitting next to.and some people doesn’t cover their faces

5.0

Katherine

30 January 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Nice clean cars and comfy seats. Tips: Nice clean cars and comfy seats.

Pros: Nice clean cars and comfy seats. Tips: Nice clean cars and comfy seats.

5.0

Olutosin

28 December 2020 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It was smooth and peaceful. Cons: Cleaning the coach.

Pros: It was smooth and peaceful. Cons: Cleaning the coach.

5.0

Arshad

10 February 2020 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Outstanding trip

Outstanding trip

5.0

Sandra

28 January 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Comfortable and safe

Comfortable and safe

Newark to Washington DC Route Map

Newark Washington

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

In the last month, £49.80 was the average price of a train ticket from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £70.34 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£109£72£36JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Newark to Washington DC will vary between £43 and £104. Planning a train trip to Washington within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Newark over the next 7 days is £49. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Newark to Washington DC by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £48 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Newark to Washington DC in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £94 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

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 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Washington from Newark will be about £70.34 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Newark to Washington DC?

There are 9 train lines with service from Newark, New Jersey to Washington, District of Columbia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 15m£55.58
Amtrak Acela62h 46m£108.26
Amtrak Cardinal13h 9m£66.95
Amtrak Carolinian13h 3m£77.65
Amtrak Crescent13h 26m£68.97
Amtrak Northeast Regional113h 15m£59.26
Amtrak Palmetto13h 15m£62.66
Amtrak Silver Service23h 11m£82.63
Amtrak Vermonter13h 13m£74.19
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Newark to Washington every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £28.

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  • 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 6 Acela trips from Newark 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 Newark to Washington per day, with an average trip length of 3 hours and 9 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 Newark 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 3 hours and 3 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 Newark to Washington take about 3 hours and 26 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from £21.

  • 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 11 daily train trips from Newark 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 Newark 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 Newark to Washington start from £21 and the average train journey lasts about 3 hours and 11 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 Newark to Washington every day, with prices starting from £21.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest train from Newark to Washington, DC?

The cheapest trains from Newark to DC are typically the Amtrak Cardinal, Amtrak Palmetto and the Amtrak Carolinian, each of which averages around $114.

What is the fastest train from Newark to DC?

The fastest train from Newark to DC is the Amtrak Acela. On the Acela, the average trip duration is just 2 hours 41 minutes.

Is there a bus from Newark to Washington, DC?

There are 3 buses that drive between Newark and DC: BoltBus, Greyhound and OurBus. Tickets average just $16, and the typical travel time is 4.5 and 5 hours.

Is it safe to travel by train from Newark 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.

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

The distance between Newark and Washington DC is approximately 198 miles, or 318 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 40 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 Newark to Washington DC 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 Sunday 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 Newark at 03:00 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.

Is there a direct train from Newark to Washington DC?

There are 22 scheduled trains on most days. 29 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 Newark. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Newark to Washington DC for £18.12.

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, 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 Newark?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Newark where you can board the train to Washington DC.

Train stations in Newark:

  • Newark Intl Airport

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Arrival stations

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.

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