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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Richmond to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Richmond to Washington DC usually takes around 3 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance97 mi (156 km)
Fastest train2h 16m
Lowest price€11.48
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Richmond to Washington

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Arianna

21 May 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Carolinian

Pros: food was good. Cons: It is stressful when the train is both late and slower than expected. It is hard to plan these short weekend trips with wildly varying times.

Pros: food was good. Cons: It is stressful when the train is both late and slower than expected. It is hard to plan these short weekend trips with wildly varying times.

5.0

Laurie

18 May 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Carolinian

Pros: great deal and prompt service. Cons: nothing. will use Amtrak again.

Pros: great deal and prompt service. Cons: nothing. will use Amtrak again.

4.0

Edward

6 May 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quiet car was nice and quiet. Tips: Ask for help if you need it. Everyone was happy to help.

Pros: Quiet car was nice and quiet. Tips: Ask for help if you need it. Everyone was happy to help.

4.0

Christine

20 April 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Palmetto

Pros: Friendly staff at the Richmond train station and also on the train. The bags arrived really fast after departing the train. Cons: Cleaner train!

Pros: Friendly staff at the Richmond train station and also on the train. The bags arrived really fast after departing the train. Cons: Cleaner train!

5.0

Bobby

31 March 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Carolinian

Cons: Working Wi-fi is needed because the train travels through places where there is no signal. Tips: Amtrak is a very smooth ride. It feels like you’re in a plane.😁.

Cons: Working Wi-fi is needed because the train travels through places where there is no signal. Tips: Amtrak is a very smooth ride. It feels like you’re in a plane.😁.

Richmond to Washington DC Route Map

Richmond Washington

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

The average price for a train ticket to Washington DC is €26.77, This is a superb deal on a train trip, one of the best that we have seen. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on train tickets everytime, we search all of the best train options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

€57€38€19JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Richmond to Washington DC will vary between €18 and €57. Planning a train trip to Washington within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Richmond over the next 7 days is €33. 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

€48€38€29€19€10ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Richmond to Washington DC by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €26 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Richmond to Washington DC in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €33 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

€48€38€29€19€103020100

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 Washington from Richmond will be about €26.51 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Richmond to Washington DC?

There are 5 train lines with service from Richmond to Washington. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak14h 52m€74.46
Amtrak Carolinian12h 20m€37.61
Amtrak Northeast Regional42h 29m€18.38
Amtrak Palmetto12h 29m€48.91
Amtrak Silver Service12h 25m€61.31
  • 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 Richmond to Washington every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €11.

  • 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 Richmond 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 2 hours and 20 minutes.

  • 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 4 daily train trips from Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond to Washington start from €59 and the average train journey lasts about 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Amtrak go to DC from Richmond?

Yes, there are several Amtrak trains that go from Richmond to Washington DC, all offering amenities such as free WiFi, restrooms, A/C, snacks, and power outlets:

  • The Amtrak Northeast Regional offers at least six daily trips. Tickets cost about $34, and the trip takes around 2.5 hours.

  • The Amtrak Carolinian offers at least one daily trip. Tickets cost about $56, and the trip takes a little over 2 hours.

  • The Amtrak Palmetto offers at least one daily trip. Tickets cost about $42, and the trip takes around 2.5 hours.

  • The Amtrak Silver Service offers at least one daily trip. Tickets cost about $46, and the trip takes around 2.5 hours.

What train station do you arrive at in Washington DC?

Trains on this route arrive into Union Station in Washington DC. This station is located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, which is right in the heart of the city.

One of Washington’s most historic and busiest stations, Union Station receives about 40 million visits every year, and is home to 18 platforms. Inside the station you will find a food court, shops and stores, waiting areas and more. Union Station also has a 24-hour parking garage.

What is the earliest departure from Richmond to Washington?

The earliest train departing from Richmond to DC leaves at 4 a.m. Amtrak recommends you arrive 30 to 45 minutes prior to when your train is scheduled to depart. However, since this is the earliest departure of the day, the station will not be as busy as it is as other times.

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond 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.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Richmond to Washington DC?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Richmond to Washington DC. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

The distance between Richmond and Washington DC is approximately 97 miles, or 156 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 1 minute, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 16 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?

Saturday is usually the day when trains are busiest, as many travelers take the train to enjoy the weekend in Washington DC. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Richmond at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains are there each day?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 10 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 Richmond.

City Information

Richmond

As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles southeast of the city.

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 Richmond?

7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-0

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7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-1

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Main departure station: 7519 Staples Mill Rd

Located around 5 miles north of Richmond’s city center, the Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Road is Amtrak’s busiest transport hub in the Southeast Region. The station was built in 1975 to replace the downtown Main Street Station. It now serves as an important terminal for routes traveling up and down the American East. Passengers can venture north onboard the Northeast Regional service—Amtrak’s busiest route—to Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. Richmond’s Amtrak Station also offers several southward connections to vacation destinations along the East Coast in [South Carolina(/train-tickets/us-sc/), Georgia, and Florida. In addition, the GRTC bus service is available from the station for transport into downtown Richmond.

All train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

  • 468 N Boundary St

  • 9304 Warwick Blvd

  • Hampton Road Transit bus stop

  • Harbor Park Station

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