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Trip Summary

There are 19 daily trains from Washington DC to New Haven. Traveling by train from Washington DC to New Haven usually takes around 5 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 4 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance273 mi (440 km)
Fastest train4h 35m
Lowest price€29.55
Trains per day16
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to New Haven

(Based on 12 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Natalie

3 September 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Spacious, comfortable, good views, on time. Cons: The wifi could be better.

Pros: Spacious, comfortable, good views, on time. Cons: The wifi could be better.

4.0

Christopher

30 August 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Vermonter

Trains run on skeleton staff

Trains run on skeleton staff

4.0

Kelly Ann

24 April 2022- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Cheaper and easier than flying. Cons: Waiting area at DC had very little seating and was a bit confusing. Felt like a mad rush to get seats and try to figure out when the train was there. Tips: Watch the train boarding the whole time. Train was about :30 before ...

Pros: Cheaper and easier than flying. Cons: Waiting area at DC had very little seating and was a bit confusing. Felt like a mad rush to get seats and try to figure out when the train was there. Tips: Watch the train boarding the whole time. Train was about :30 before the departure time.

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5.0

Dawit

17 March 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

the Wi-Fi was so slow. maybe if you could improve that it will be good.

the Wi-Fi was so slow. maybe if you could improve that it will be good.

5.0

Gamta

8 February 2022- Regular commuter

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Comfortable and plenty of space. Cons: The restroom water tab . Tab that works with sensors for reducing Covid19 transmission. The current tab is too obsolete for AMTRAK.

Pros: Comfortable and plenty of space. Cons: The restroom water tab . Tab that works with sensors for reducing Covid19 transmission. The current tab is too obsolete for AMTRAK.

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

In the last month, €139.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to New Haven. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. 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 €66.02 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€229€153€76DecDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to New Haven will vary between €104 and €226. Planning a train trip to New Haven within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is €118. 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

€167€133€100€67€33JFMAMJJASOND

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to New Haven by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €94 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to New Haven in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €154 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

€214€172€129€86€433020100

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 Haven from Washington will be about €66.02 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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

There are 4 train lines with service from Washington to New Haven. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak45h 45m€169.62
Amtrak Acela54h 41m€277.62
Amtrak Northeast Regional106h 16m€142.55
Amtrak Vermonter15h 16m€168.84
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Washington to New Haven every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €32.

  • 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 5 Acela trips from Washington to New Haven 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 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 10 daily train trips from Washington to New Haven, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • 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 Washington to New Haven every day, with prices starting from €30.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Washington DC to New Haven?

The distance between Washington DC and New Haven is approximately 273 miles, or 440 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 35 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Washington DC to New Haven. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 05:00 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 Washington DC to New Haven?

There are 19 scheduled trains on most days. 16 of these are direct connections to New Haven. 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 Haven to Washington DC.

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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

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

New Haven

Sitting on the mouth of the Quinnipiac River of Connecticut, New Haven has been the home of the esteemed Yale University for more than 300 years. The quaint college town, with its cultural significance, has long been a highly-rated destination for culturally-inclined travelers. The first thing to do in New Haven is to visit the Yale campus, which was designed by famous architects such as Eero Saarinen and Frank O. Gehry. Don’t forget to check out the university’s visitor center as well, which houses impressive historical displays. Other interesting destinations on the premises are the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. If you wish to take a break from the urban environment and go hunting for some amazing nature shots, East Rock Park will be a premier choice. Inside the park is the Pardee Rose Garden, which features more than 50 varieties of roses blooming in June and July.

New Haven is a popular destination for foodies, and its greatest offering is pizza. New Haven’s special pizza, also known as “apizza,” is a must-try when you are in town, and the best place to try this delicacy is at Pepe’s, its birthplace. Another establishment to check out is Louis’ Lunch, which has been serving delightful fast food since 1895.

The central hub of transportation in the city is Union Station, where travelers can catch Amtrak trains or buses by Greyhound and Flixbus for intercity transits. Air services are handled by the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, located 3 miles east of the business district.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main departure 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.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 200 Lafayette Blvd

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • Harbor Park Station

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 9431 West St

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • 825 Kemper St

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

  • 111 South Commerce St

Where is the train station in New Haven?

Union Station  - NHVUST-0

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Main arrival station: Union Station

Union Station in New Haven is Connecticut’s most important transportation hub and is also one of the busiest stations in Amtrak’s national rail network. The station serves interstate Amtrak passenger trains that run along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, DC and Boston. Additionally, there are several commuter rail services operated by Amtrak, MTA and CTrail that connect New Haven to the likes of New York and Hartford. Union Station also accommodates CTtransit’s local buses services as well as intercity bus travel from carriers including Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines. In addition, a free shuttle service is available from Union Station to New Haven Green in the city’s modern downtown.

Train stations in New Haven:

  • Union Station

  • State Street Station

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