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Routes555
Trips per day1,742
train lines10
Stations1
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What train companies travel to Washington, District of Columbia?

Located in District of Columbia, Washington is accessible by train from 555 other cities. You can choose from 1742 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Washington on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Washington are also available.

Train companies serving Washington

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak46012h 54m$162.57
Amtrak Northeast Regional473h 15m$103.88
Amtrak Silver Service407h 15m$148.79
Amtrak Crescent304h 28m$143.45
Amtrak Cardinal293h 54m$140.37
Amtrak Vermonter283h 24m$123.20
Amtrak Carolinian233h 24m$94.70
Amtrak Palmetto223h 13m$113.77
Amtrak Capitol Limited1510h 27m$113.28
Amtrak Acela122h 54m$210.34
  • 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.

  • 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. The Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • 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.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    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.

  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café.

  • 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.

  • 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 boasts seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car.

  • 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.

  • Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

  • 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. As it is Amtrak’s most premium service, the average Acela train ticket often costs more than other lines' offerings.

Which train carrier has the best service to Washington?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Washington by train with Amtrak Palmetto giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Silver Service had the most comfortable train service to Washington taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Silver Service offers. They rate Amtrak Silver Service a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Washington punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Palmetto has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Washington, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Washington?

$5.50 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Washington, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Washington. In the last month, trains from Burke to Washington had the lowest average price at $7.50. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Washington:

Where is the train station in Washington, DC?

The main train station in Washington is Union Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Washington.

What is the closest airport to Washington, DC?

The closest airport to Washington is Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), it is located 3.8 miles from the city center of Washington.

Is Washington a popular train travel destination?

Washington is the most popular train destination in District of Columbia. It also ranks number 123 in United States. Washington has the most train connections in the region. There are 615 train schedules arriving in Washington each day.

What is the population of Washington?

The population of Washington is 601723. Washington ranks number 1 in terms of population in District of Columbia and number 108 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Washington cost?

Train tickets to Washington range from $6 for a short trip to Washington, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Washington starts at , and a longer trip by train to Washington can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $6 .

What type of traveler does Washington attract?

People who take the train to Washington are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Washington easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Washington?

The closest train station to the city center of Washington is Union Station, located just 1.8 miles away. Select Union Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Washington. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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