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Train Route Overview: New Haven to Washington DC

There are 18 daily trains from New Haven to Washington DC. Traveling by train from New Haven to Washington DC usually takes around 6 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Distance273 mi (440 km)
Fastest train4h 37m
Lowest price$29.00
Trains per day17
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New Haven to Washington

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.9

4.0

Deborah

April 11, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It was comfortable and a lot of communication. Cons: The time. My train was considerably delayed to New Haven. Although, other than that it was good. Also, the price could be a bit cheaper. Tips: I didn't know the gate is posted 15 minutes before your train is su...

Pros: It was comfortable and a lot of communication. Cons: The time. My train was considerably delayed to New Haven. Although, other than that it was good. Also, the price could be a bit cheaper. Tips: I didn't know the gate is posted 15 minutes before your train is supposed to arrive, so you don't have to get to the station super early.

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5.0

Charlotte

June 29, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I was comfortable throughout my trip and i was happy about it. Cons: The space between the seats. Tips: I'll encourage travelers to travel with Amtrak.

Pros: I was comfortable throughout my trip and i was happy about it. Cons: The space between the seats. Tips: I'll encourage travelers to travel with Amtrak.

5.0

Joshua

February 12, 2020- Business

Amtrak Vermonter

Pros: I love the trains in general. Cons: Maybe slightly cleaner bathrooms?

Pros: I love the trains in general. Cons: Maybe slightly cleaner bathrooms?

5.0

Tatiana

October 8, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Comfy seat, wifi, charging socket - very nice indeed. Cons: To offer snacks and beverages in the cart.

Pros: Comfy seat, wifi, charging socket - very nice indeed. Cons: To offer snacks and beverages in the cart.

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

$106.59 is the average price of a bus ticket from New Haven to Washington DC. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$180$120$60MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from New Haven to Washington DC will vary between $90 and $173. Planning a train trip to Washington within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New Haven over the next 7 days is $90. 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

$150$120$90$60$30JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from New Haven to Washington DC by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $90 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New Haven to Washington DC in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $146 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

$200$160$120$80$403020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Washington from New Haven will be about $81.48 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New Haven to Washington DC?

There are 4 train lines with service from New Haven to Washington. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak36h 50m$122.32
Amtrak Acela64h 49m$230.47
Amtrak Northeast Regional75h 40m$118.87
Amtrak Vermonter15h 41m$136.00
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from New Haven to Washington every day, as well as 33 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $31.

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  • 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 6 Acela trips from New Haven to Washington 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 7 daily train trips from New Haven to Washington, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • 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. There are 1 Vermonter trains traveling from New Haven to Washington every day, with prices starting from $29.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New Haven 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 is the train journey from New Haven to Washington DC?

The distance between New Haven and Washington DC is approximately 273 miles, or 440 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Because many passengers travel from New Haven to Washington DC at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for trains. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Washington DC, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs New Haven at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 18 scheduled trains on most days. 17 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 New Haven.

City Information

New Haven

Sitting on the mouth of the Quinnipiac River of Connecticut, New Haven has been the home of the esteemed Yale University for more than 300 years. The quaint college town, with its cultural significance, has long been a highly-rated destination for culturally-inclined travelers. The first thing to do in New Haven is to visit the Yale campus, which was designed by famous architects such as Eero Saarinen and Frank O. Gehry. Don’t forget to check out the university’s visitor center as well, which houses impressive historical displays. Other interesting destinations on the premises are the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. If you wish to take a break from the urban environment and go hunting for some amazing nature shots, East Rock Park will be a premier choice. Inside the park is the Pardee Rose Garden, which features more than 50 varieties of roses blooming in June and July.

New Haven is a popular destination for foodies, and its greatest offering is pizza. New Haven’s special pizza, also known as “apizza,” is a must-try when you are in town, and the best place to try this delicacy is at Pepe’s, its birthplace. Another establishment to check out is Louis’ Lunch, which has been serving delightful fast food since 1895.

The central hub of transportation in the city is Union Station, where travelers can catch Amtrak trains or buses by Greyhound and Flixbus for intercity transits. Air services are handled by the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, located 3 miles east of the business district.

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 New Haven?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station in New Haven is Connecticut’s most important transportation hub and is also one of the busiest stations in Amtrak’s national rail network. The station serves interstate Amtrak passenger trains that run along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, DC and Boston. Additionally, there are several commuter rail services operated by Amtrak, MTA and CTrail that connect New Haven to the likes of New York and Hartford. Union Station also accommodates CTtransit’s local buses services as well as intercity bus travel from carriers including Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines. In addition, a free shuttle service is available from Union Station to New Haven Green in the city’s modern downtown.

All train stations in New Haven:

  • Union Station

  • State Street Station

  • 41 Central St

  • 60 State St

  • Union Station Transportation Center

  • S Main St at Stanton Rd

  • Train Station

  • Union Station - 1 Union Pl

  • 51 Depot Rd

  • 170 Pleasant St

  • 74 Main St

  • 12 Olive St - John W. Olver Transit Ctr

  • Union Station- 2 Washington Sqr

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main arrival station: Union Station

Opened more than 100 years ago in 1907, Union Station is the largest transportation hub in Washington, D.C. with almost 5 million travelers passing through it every year. As the official headquarters of Amtrak, Union Station is the main train station in the U.S. capital. It is also a major hub for intercity bus travel, serving as the main bus station in D.C. for a number of carriers, including Greyhound, BoltBus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and OurBus. Union Station offers easy transit connections to places all over D.C. with dedicated stops for the city’s metro, bus and streetcar services, as well as commuter rail for travelers to and from the surrounding areas. Additionally, with a full blown shopping mall on the premises, Union Station is also among the most popular shopping destinations in the nation's capital.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

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