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Trip Summary

There are 35 daily trains from Washington DC to Baltimore. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Baltimore usually takes around 58 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 20 minutes.

Distance35 mi (56 km)
Fastest train0h 20m
Lowest price€5.59
Trains per day61
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines8

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Baltimore

(Based on 109 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

RUBEN

18 May 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Efficient and affordable.

5.0

Fei

24 March 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Nice stuff who helped me for the direc. Cons: A sign inside each cart indicates the station situation timely.

5.0

Carolina

15 September 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I loved all the activities that we did in Baltimore. Cons: N/A. Tips: Bring a suitcase with wheels.

5.0

Moire

4 September 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quick and easy travel. Cons: Bulky Baggage storage room. Tips: No.

5.0

Peter

19 July 2023- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Agent changed my reservation to get me on a direct ticket

Washington DC to Baltimore Route Map

Washington Baltimore

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

In the last month, €21.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Baltimore. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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 €10.83 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€28€19€9JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Baltimore will vary between €20 and €28. Planning a train trip to Baltimore within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is €21. 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 Baltimore often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only €19,

If you're thinking of traveling from Washington DC to Baltimore during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €25 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

€47€37€28€19€93020100

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 Baltimore from Washington will be about €10.83 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Baltimore?

There are 8 train lines with service from Washington to Baltimore. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 17 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak60h 33m€21.17
Amtrak Acela80h 28m€37.07
Amtrak Carolinian10h 32m€34.61
Amtrak Crescent10h 33m€27.11
Amtrak Northeast Regional171h 18m€22.18
Amtrak Palmetto10h 34m€34.31
Amtrak Silver Service10h 37m€34.62
Amtrak Vermonter10h 32m€13.01
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Washington to Baltimore every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €6.

  • 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 Washington to Baltimore 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 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 Washington and Baltimore, 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 32 minutes.

  • 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 Washington to Baltimore take about 0 hours and 33 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from €24.

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

  • 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 Washington to Baltimore 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.

  • 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 Washington to Baltimore start from €24 and the average train journey lasts about 0 hours and 37 minutes.

  • 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 Baltimore every day, with prices starting from €12.

Frequently Asked Questions

Six Amtrak lines offer a route to Baltimore from DC. Amtrak Northeast Regional has the most daily routes at 34, with an average duration of 35 minutes. Tickets on the Northeast Regional average about $17. Amtrak Acela offers the second most daily routes at 19, with an average duration of 28 minutes. Tickets on the Amtrak Acela average close to $50.

Other train lines that pass from Washington to Baltimore include the Amtrak Palmetto and Amtrak Vermonter (each with 2 daily routes) and the Amtrak Carolinian, which travels between the two cities just once per day.

By train, the busiest day to travel from DC to Baltimore is on Wednesday. That’s because many business travelers take Amtrak between Baltimore and Washington during the week. Trains tend to be the least crowded on Sundays, which means you may be able to get a better price on tickets.
The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train runs commuter services between DC and Baltimore. While the MARC if often cheaper than Amtrak, it can often be more crowded, and you may be stuck without an actual seat for the duration of the ride. Amtrak trains are more comfortable, and can often be faster. The Amtrak Acela gets from DC to Baltimore in about a half hour, whereas the MARC typically takes closer to 45 minutes.
The distance between Washington DC and Baltimore is approximately 35 miles, or 56 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Baltimore.

Trains from Washington DC to Baltimore are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 35 scheduled trains on most days. 61 of these are direct connections to Baltimore. 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 Baltimore 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.

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.

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

  • Amtrak/VRE Station

  • Harbor Park Station

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • 9431 West St

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 825 Kemper St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

  • 111 South Commerce St

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

Baltimore, MD - Penn Station - BALAMT-0

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Baltimore:

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

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