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Where should you stay in Washington?

If you don’t mind staying outside of downtown, some of the most affordable in Washington, D.C. are Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA. Both towns lie across the Potomac River from D.C., but have convenient bus and train options into the city.

If you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can find reasonable accomodations in D.C. proper near Dupont Circle, a trendy area with cafés, bars, art galleries and shops. As a bonus, the neighborhood is a short walk away from the museums and monuments of the National Mall.

Baseball fans may consider staying near the Capitol Riverfront, about a mile south of the U.S. Capitol building. The neighborhood is a relatively new development, with hip bars and restaurants, and is just a short walk to Nationals Park.

How do you get around Washington, D.C.?

The best way to get around Washington, D.C. is by taking the Metrorail. D.C.’s subway system, the Metrorail is incredibly convenient, with stops across the city. Fares vary based on time of day and the distance between stations, so if possible, avoid traveling during rush hour. The Metro bus system is equally easy to use, especially in the Downtown D.C. area.

The Smithsonian Metro Station is an important stop for anyone wanting to visit the Smithsonian Institution museums, as well as the monuments on the National Mall (such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument). Additional nearby Metro stations include Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza, which may be a little less crowded than the Smithsonian station.

Many Metro stops are named after the sites they’re close to, making the system especially easy to navigate.

What are some fun things to do in Washington, D.C.?

Washington, D.C. is full of free activities sure to keep you busy. A walk along the National Mall will take you to most of the monuments and the Smithsonian Institution buildings. The Natural History Museum and the National Air and Space Museum are arguably two of the most compelling museums. Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free, too. (All Smithsonian attractions are free.)

Baseball fans may consider attending a Washington Nationals game when in season. The team has only resided in Washington, D.C. since 2005, but has seen much success since making the move from Montreal, winning their division title four times since 2012.

Or if you prefer to do some casual perusing, head to Georgetown. DC’s oldest neighborhood is the perfect place for shopping. For those with a taste for history, visit the Mansion on O Street and see how many of the mansion’s 70 secret doors you can find.

What are some good restaurants in the D.C. area?

Perhaps your most important meal in Washington, D.C. is the one you’ll eat after trekking around the National Mall and through the Smithsonians: Expect to be hungry, so plan ahead. Two great options just a short walk away are The Partisan and Oyamel Cocina Mexicana. Slightly farther but still close, you’ll find Old Ebbitt Grill, the oldest saloon in Washington.

Near Washington’s Union Station, if you want a quick bite before catching your train or after arriving, consider Fare Well — a classic diner with reasonable prices and killer buffalo cauliflower dip. A few blocks northwest, you could also try Busboys and Poets, which serves a solid brunch.

Other great options in the District include Le Diplomate, a French-style bistro, and the barbecue restaurant Federalist Pig, where you’ll find dishes inspired by politics.

What is the best time to visit Washington by train?

Almost 2,000 trains arrive into Washington, D.C. daily, so there’s no bad time to visit by train. Because it’s the capital of the United States, a lot of people commute into the city for work, so you may want to avoid arriving or departing during rush hour.

In terms of seasons, summer in D.C. is humid and crowded, so it might be best to avoid the busy season. Spring has the blooming of Washington’s iconic cherry blossoms, and fall has impressive foliage, but allow us to make a case for visiting D.C. in winter. So many of Washington’s top sites are indoors (the Smithsonian museums), and you’ll be able to jump from one to the next without the crowds.

How to find cheap train tickets to Washington D.C.?

The cheapest prices for a train ticket to Washington D.C. that users have found recently on Wanderu start at $9.50. Such great deals to Washington D.C. are available on one route to Rockville. While there are some great deals that can be scored by searching around, there are some routes that always have low prices on train travel to get you to Washington D.C.. Rockville at $9.50 has consistently the lowest average train ticket prices to Washington D.C..

What are the main train stations in Washington D.C.?

The most popular train station in Washington D.C. is Union Station. Union Station is the busiest train station in Washington D.C..

Baltimore

There are 73 train schedules per day connecting Baltimore with Washington D.C.. It takes on average and 37 minutes to travel 35 miles, 57 kms, by train from Baltimore. 9 train carriers offer schedules from Baltimore, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Washington D.C.. Traveling by train from Baltimore you will most likely to arrive in Washington D.C. at Union Station.
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0h 37m
Avg. Price
$26.70

Newark

There are 49 train schedules per day connecting Newark with Washington D.C.. It takes on average 3 hours and 1 minute to travel 198 miles, 319 kms, by train from Newark. 9 train carriers offer schedules from Newark, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Washington D.C.. Traveling by train from Newark you will most likely to arrive in Washington D.C. at Union Station.
Avg. Time
3h 1m
Avg. Price
$135.05

Boston

There are 43 train schedules per day connecting Boston with Washington D.C.. It takes on average 7 hours and 42 minutes to travel 394 miles, 634 kms, by train from Boston. 3 train carriers offer schedules from Boston, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Washington D.C.. Traveling by train from Boston you will most likely to arrive in Washington D.C. at Union Station.
Avg. Time
7h 42m
Avg. Price
$183.68

Philadelphia

There are 42 train schedules per day connecting Philadelphia with Washington D.C.. It takes on average 1 hour and 53 minutes to travel 124 miles, 199 kms, by train from Philadelphia. 9 train carriers offer schedules from Philadelphia, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Washington D.C.. Traveling by train from Philadelphia you will most likely to arrive in Washington D.C. at Union Station.
Avg. Time
1h 53m
Avg. Price
$88.47

New York

There are 42 train schedules per day connecting New York with Washington D.C.. It takes on average 3 hours and 16 minutes to travel 204 miles, 328 kms, by train from New York. 10 train carriers offer schedules from New York, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Washington D.C.. Traveling by train from New York you will most likely to arrive in Washington D.C. at Union Station.
Avg. Time
3h 16m
Avg. Price
$140.24

Located in District of Columbia, United States of America, you can travel by train to Washington D.C. from 465 destinations and choose from 2065 daily train schedules to get you there. Amtrak Northeast Regional has the most train connections to Washington D.C.. The furthest train arriving in Washington D.C. covers a distance of 2444.07 miles, 3932.36 kms, covering the journey in 96 hours and 20 minutes

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Train companies serving Washington D.C.

Amtrak

There are 606 daily Amtrak schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 433 destinations including Lancaster.
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Avg. Time
22h 7m
Avg. Price
$165.79

Amtrak Acela

There are 143 daily Amtrak Acela schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Acela can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 13 destinations including Philadelphia.
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Avg. Time
2h 53m
Avg. Price
$170.21

Amtrak Acela Nonstop

There are 1 daily Amtrak Acela Nonstop schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Acela Nonstop can get you to Washington D.C. by train from New York.
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Avg. Time
2h 34m
Avg. Price
$192.75

Amtrak Carolinian

There are 20 daily Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Carolinian can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 23 destinations including Newark.
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Avg. Time
3h 35m
Avg. Price
$68.04

Amtrak Capitol Limited

There are 9 daily Amtrak Capitol Limited schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Capitol Limited can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 15 destinations including Chicago.
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Avg. Time
9h 6m
Avg. Price
$55.64

Amtrak Cardinal

There are 8 daily Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Cardinal can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 26 destinations including Philadelphia.
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Avg. Time
5h 37m
Avg. Price
$72.38

Amtrak Crescent

There are 20 daily Amtrak Crescent schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Crescent can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 30 destinations including Baltimore.
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Avg. Time
5h 10m
Avg. Price
$82.99

Amtrak Northeast Regional

There are 331 daily Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Northeast Regional can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 47 destinations including Philadelphia.
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Avg. Time
3h 8m
Avg. Price
$75.63

Amtrak Palmetto

There are 19 daily Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Palmetto can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 22 destinations including Newark.
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Avg. Time
3h 27m
Avg. Price
$70.29

Amtrak Silver Service

There are 45 daily Amtrak Silver Service schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Silver Service can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 40 destinations including Baltimore.
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Avg. Time
7h 55m
Avg. Price
$100.43

Amtrak Vermonter

There are 19 daily Amtrak Vermonter schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Vermonter can get you to Washington D.C. by train from 28 destinations including New York.
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Avg. Time
3h 22m
Avg. Price
$81.34