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City Information

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.

Station Information

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.

Popular train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

What train companies travel to Richmond, Virginia?

Located in Virginia, Richmond is accessible by train from 84 other cities. You can choose from 250 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Richmond on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.

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

Train companies serving Richmond

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional405h 10m$69.39
Amtrak Silver Service367h 34m$92.59
Amtrak Carolinian233h 54m$53.14
Amtrak Palmetto224h 27m$74.24
Amtrak2022h 28m$151.68

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$4.50 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Richmond, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Richmond. In the last month, trains from Ashland to Richmond had the lowest average price at $5.19.

Where is the train station in Richmond, VA?

The busiest train station in Richmond is 7519 Staples Mill Rd. As Richmond's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is 1500 E Main St.

Which train service has the best service to Richmond?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Richmond by train with Amtrak Palmetto giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to Richmond taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak 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 Richmond punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Richmond, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Richmond, VA?

The closest airport to Richmond is Richmond Intl Airport (RIC), it is located 6.9 miles from the city center of Richmond.

Is Richmond a popular train travel destination?

Richmond is the most popular train destination in Virginia. It also ranks number 161 in United States. Richmond has the second most number of destinations in Virginia that are connected to Richmond by train service. Each day 231 direct train schedules arrive in the Richmond.

What is the population of Richmond?

The population of Richmond is 220289. Richmond ranks number 4 in terms of population in Virginia and number 147 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Richmond cost?

Train tickets to Richmond range from $5 for a short trip to Richmond, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Richmond starts at , and a longer trip by train to Richmond 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 $11 .

What type of traveler does Richmond attract?

People who take the train to Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond?

The closest train station to the city center of Richmond is 1500 E Main St, located just 0.6 miles away. Select 1500 E Main St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Richmond. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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