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Helpful info about taking the train from Boston to New York

  • The train from Boston to New York takes 4 hours and 2 minutes on average. The journey is even shorter if you travel on Amtrak’s fast train from Boston to NYC, the Acela, with a travel time of 3 hours and 27 minutes.

    • Amtrak’s Acela line provides high-speed train service from Boston to NYC. Acela trains can reach up to 150 mph and make fewer stops, so the Acela gets to New York about 30 minutes faster than the Amtrak Northeast Regional train. The Acela also features upgraded amenities for passengers in its two classes of service, First Class and Business Class.

    • One of the easiest ways to get from Boston to New York is taking the train. Train travel means skipping long security lines at the airport, higher luggage allowances than airlines, and avoiding traffic on highways. Taking the bus is another convenient option to avoid the stress of flying, though traffic conditions can impact your arrival time.

    • It’s convenient and affordable to take a day trip from Boston to New York by train. Trains from Boston arrive in Manhattan, near Times Square and Hudson Yards. The latest train from NYC back to Boston departs at 7:00pm, so you can have a full day exploring New York and get back to Boston before midnight.

    • Many travelers take the train from Boston on business trips to New York City. Stay productive with the train’s consistent WiFi and power outlets at each seat, and arrive to meetings on time by avoiding traffic and flight delays. If your company will reimburse the train ticket, we say spring for Business Class, too!

    • Getting to New York without a car is no problem, thanks to trains, buses, and flights into the Big Apple. Most travelers actually prefer not having a car in New York City, because getting around via subway is easier than driving. Amtrak trains to New York arrive at Penn Station, which is connected to the subway at the 34 St - Penn Station stop for A, C, and E trains.

    • A train from Boston to New York usually costs less than a flight, or roughly in the same ballpark if demand is high. However, choosing to take the train instead of flying from Boston to NYC will save you money on other costs besides the ticket price. Trains do not charge fees for WiFi or your first two checked bags, and arriving at the train station in Manhattan means you don’t have to pay for expensive transportation from JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark into the city.

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Trip Summary

There are 16 daily trains from Boston to New York. Traveling by train from Boston to New York usually takes around 4 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 3 hours and 27 minutes.

Distance190 mi (306 km)
Fastest train3h 27m
Lowest price€28.53
Trains per day33
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston to New York

(Based on 203 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Juliana

20 January 2023- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

My trip was comfortable and safe

My trip was comfortable and safe

4.0

Elizabeth

15 January 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The price and the comfort of the seats. Cons: I was in the Quiet Car and yet the woman right next to me was having a very loud conversation. I wish the conductor would have reminded her that it was the Quiet Car and to move should she feel the need to have such a...

Pros: The price and the comfort of the seats. Cons: I was in the Quiet Car and yet the woman right next to me was having a very loud conversation. I wish the conductor would have reminded her that it was the Quiet Car and to move should she feel the need to have such a lively conversation.

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5.0

Dejanire

12 January 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It was my first time taking the train because I usually go by bus or by plane. It was amazing, 100% recommended

It was my first time taking the train because I usually go by bus or by plane. It was amazing, 100% recommended

5.0

David

4 January 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Train ride was smooth and the trip didn’t seem to be as long as it was. Cons: Cafe car employee was a little short.

Pros: Train ride was smooth and the trip didn’t seem to be as long as it was. Cons: Cafe car employee was a little short.

5.0

juan

31 December 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: La puntualidad. Cons: No había Wi Fi para turistas. Tips: Solo relajarse.

Pros: La puntualidad. Cons: No había Wi Fi para turistas. Tips: Solo relajarse.

Boston to New York Route Map

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What is the price of a train ticket from Boston to New York?

In the last month, €86.22 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston to New York. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €64.95 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€138€92€46JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Boston to New York will vary between €64 and €129. Planning a train trip to New York within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Boston over the next 7 days is €73. 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 Boston to New York 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 €74 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Boston to New York in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €119 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 23 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to New York from Boston will be about €64.95 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to New York?

There are multiple trains from Boston to New York running from early morning into the evening. All trains from Boston to New York are operated by Amtrak. Your main options are the Amtrak Northeast Regional and the Amtrak Acela.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Acela73h 42m€156.16
Amtrak Northeast Regional94h 18m€71.24
  • 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 7 Acela trips from Boston to New York 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 9 daily train trips from Boston to New York, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many stops are there on the train from Boston to New York?

Departing from South Station in Boston, the Amtrak Northeast Regional train makes 12 other stops before arriving at Penn Station in New York. The Acela has only 6 stops between Boston and NYC, which makes it 35 minutes faster than the Northeast Regional on average.

Is it safe to travel by train from Boston to New York 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 does it take to travel from Boston to New York by train?

The route from Boston to NYC is 190 miles, or 306 kilometers long. The train from Boston to New York usually takes around 4 hours and 2 minutes when you ride the Amtrak Northeast Regional. The fastest Acela train takes 3 hours and 27 minutes.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Boston to New York on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Boston at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 Boston to New York?

There are 16 scheduled trains on most days. 33 of these are direct connections to New York. 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 York to Boston.

City Information

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.

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

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Main departure 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'.

All train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Where is the train station in New York?

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Main arrival station: NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

Train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

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