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Trip Summary

There are 19 daily trains from Washington DC to Boston. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Boston usually takes around 9 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 6 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance394 mi (634 km)
Fastest train6h 33m
Lowest price€36.77
Trains per day32
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Boston

(Based on 43 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Wasyl

4 June 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak

4.0

Stevynn

2 May 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak Acela

Pros: I loved that an early morning train was available to Boston. I appreciated someone else doing the driving. Cons: The door between the cars had a ghost :) it kept opening on its own and the cabinet door was not secure. We kept closing it until a well train staff member came through and secured it shut. Thanks. Tips: If you get the table seat pray your fellow travelers are small. We are two big guys and two bigger guys joined us so that made the last leg of the trip a little less uncomfortable.

5.0

Nahid

27 January 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It was my first trip with train. The price and especially the professional service were great. I really enjoyed my trip, and will recommend traveling by train to my friends. Thank you for making my first train trip a memorable one.

5.0

Karen

26 October 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Appreciated the ease of boarding the train and the efficiency of the travel. Cons: There was a couple with a cat who cried persistently and the oder was rather unpleasant.

5.0

Sophia

8 October 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Good accommodation and travel was very easy. Cons: N/a. Tips: Bring a good book and a charger.

Washington DC to Boston Route Map

Washington Boston

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

In the last month, €153.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Boston. 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €144.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€262€175€87JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Boston will vary between €106 and €249. Planning a train trip to Boston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is €134. 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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Ticket prices for the train from Washington DC to Boston often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in August when the average ticket price is only €138,

If you're thinking of traveling from Washington DC to Boston during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €221 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

€276€221€165€110€553020100

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 Boston from Washington will be about €144.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Boston?

There are 3 train lines with service from Washington to Boston. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak27h 55m€254.43
Amtrak Acela66h 47m€249.42
Amtrak Northeast Regional1110h 35m€181.09
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Washington to Boston every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €37.

  • 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 Washington to Boston 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 11 daily train trips from Washington to Boston, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The train from DC to Boston has an average journey time of 9 hours and 24 minutes. All Amtrak trains are direct. However, travelers who take the Acela train can expect their trip to take just under 7 hours.

Trains from Washington DC to Boston 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.

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.

There are 19 scheduled trains on most days. 32 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston 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.

Boston

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.

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

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • Amtrak/VRE Station

  • Harbor Park Station

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 9431 West St

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • 825 Kemper St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

  • 111 South Commerce St

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Main arrival 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'.

Train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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