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Trip Summary

28 trains operate daily from Washington DC to New Haven. The train trip from Washington DC to New Haven is usually about 6 hours and 26 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Acela train can get you there in as little as 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance273 mi (440 km)
Fastest train4h 30m
Lowest price$30.00
Trains per day22
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Washington to New Haven

(Based on 17 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Bat-Erdene

October 31, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Nice one. Cons: Seat. Tips: Nothing.

5.0

ruth4

September 11, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The friendliness of the staff and that the train was on time. Cons: I had purchased a regular ticket, but upgraded to business class. However, I did not receive notification in time, so I had to use regular class. I am not being refunded and as a 90 year old senior citizen this ANNOYS me, because I could certainly use this refund. But overall I REALLY enjoyed my train ride. Tips: Don't make a bid for upgrade.

4.0

Tim

April 20, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The chance to see towns countryside and coastlines between DC and Newhaven CT. To experience a longer journey with AMTRAK. Cons: Could be cleaner and you should consider including upstairs seat options for business class. The windows in the train I travelled on (184) were well placed and easy to see out of but could have been cleaner. Please consider adding a proper headrest/ cushion to help travellers relax or catch a nap. For everyone’s convenience please add USB sockets for keeping devices charged up in long journeys. Table service for business travellers would be welcome as an alternative to the long walk and standing in line at the restaurant car. I bought a ticket back from Newhaven to Newark but was not offered the option of getting off one stop later at the airport…. Please consider including a pop-up reminder for air travellers like me. Lastly WIFI was working but the service frequently dropped which wasted a lot of valuable time. Tips: Get as much detail about the train the quality and accessibility of amenities on board and the journey before you travel.

5.0

Cynthia

March 8, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

All very good.

4.0

Natalie

September 3, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Spacious, comfortable, good views, on time. Cons: The wifi could be better.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Washington and New Haven cost $129.19, on average. Since this route covers a considerable distance, tickets are typically a bit pricier than most train fares. Booking your trip at least 27 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $120.73 more.

Average prices by travel date

$255$170$85MayJun

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Washington DC to New Haven will cost between $96 and $246. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Washington DC to New Haven often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in August when the average ticket price is only $123. If you're thinking of traveling from Washington DC to New Haven during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $191 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$225$180$135$90$453020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Washington to New Haven, book online with Wanderu at least 27 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $120.73 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

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

There are 4 train lines with service from Washington to New Haven. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 13 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak96h 23m$172.18
Amtrak Acela54h 41m$263.22
Amtrak Northeast Regional137h 0m$144.30
Amtrak Vermonter15h 18m$153.17
  • 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 9 Amtrak trains from Washington to New Haven every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $29.

  • 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 5 Acela trips from Washington to New Haven every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premium service, the average Acela train ticket may cost more than other train lines.

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

  • 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 Washington to New Haven every day, with prices starting from $43.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Washington DC and New Haven is approximately 273 miles, or 440 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 30 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.

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Washington DC to New Haven. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 28 scheduled trains on most days. 22 of these are direct connections to New Haven. 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 New Haven to Washington DC.

City Information

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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main departure 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

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Amtrak/VRE Station

  • Harbor Park Station

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • 9431 West St

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

  • 825 Kemper St

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

  • 111 South Commerce St

Where is the train station in New Haven?

Union Station  - NHVUST-0

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Main arrival 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

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