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Trip Summary

You can pick from 32 daily train trips between Washington DC and Wilmington. The average train journey from Washington DC to Wilmington takes one hour and 29 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as one hour and 10 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Fastest train1h 10m
Lowest price$8.00
Trains per day32
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines8

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Washington to Wilmington

(Based on 28 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

vernon

December 23, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It could not have been better. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

5.0

Johanna

October 8, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Acela

good value for money. Comfy and on time

5.0

LaDonna

August 26, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

The train was comfortable, affordable, and arrived on time. What more could I ask for?

5.0

Theresa

July 31, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: the space in the cabin and the wifi.Friendly conductor and was helpful too. Cons: the bathrooms could be cleaner.

4.0

Cheryl

May 9, 2023- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I like the emptiness of the train and tidiness. The staff was not friendly. Cons: The discount should be deeper because the hotel was run down dirty and had false advertisement with free breakfast! Tips: For them to make sure everything is offered that they say is available.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Washington and Wilmington cost $41.25, on average. This price makes taking the train a budget-friendly option to get to Wilmington. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $31.15 more.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25FebMar

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Wilmington will cost between $34 and $69. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during August. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Washington DC to Wilmington, with the average price at just $65. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to $93. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Washington to Wilmington. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 28 days before departure, you can save around $31.15. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Wilmington?

There are 8 train lines with service from Washington to Wilmington. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 16 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak51h 27m$51.60
Amtrak Acela81h 14m$78.83
Amtrak Carolinian11h 21m$61.50
Amtrak Crescent11h 31m$91.46
Amtrak Northeast Regional161h 37m$34.59
Amtrak Palmetto11h 29m$96.65
Amtrak Silver Service11h 36m$87.10
Amtrak Vermonter11h 25m$34.64
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Washington to Wilmington every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $8.

  • 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 8 Acela trips from Washington to Wilmington 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 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 runs an average of 1 trips per day between Washington and Wilmington, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 1 hours and 21 minutes.

  • 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. Train trips from Washington to Wilmington take about 1 hours and 31 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $54.

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

  • 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. Traveling from Washington to Wilmington is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • 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. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Washington to Wilmington start from $67 and the average train journey lasts about 1 hours and 36 minutes.

  • 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 Wilmington every day, with prices starting from $15.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Washington DC and Wilmington is approximately 99 miles, or 159 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 10 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains from Washington DC to Wilmington are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

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 32 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Washington DC to Wilmington.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Wilmington 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.

Wilmington

Wilmington is a major city in Delaware, established at the site of the first Swedish settlement in North America. The charming city, at the confluence of the Brandywine River and Christina River, offers easy connections to the lush countryside of Brandywine Valley. Thanks to the venerable du Pont family, who established the DuPont Company in Wilmington in 1802, the city is filled with grand estates and magnificent gardens for visitors to enjoy. The Hagley Museum & Library is the ultimate example. The expansive complex includes the first home of the du Pont family, powder yards from the company's initial gunpowder mill, and a Renaissance-style garden complete with terraces.

To dive deeper into the city's history, check out the Fort Christina State Park, the site of Wilmington's original Swedish settlement over 400 years ago. Other popular attractions include the Delaware Art Museum and Brandywine Zoo.

Wilmington is easy to access from most of the mid-Atlantic region and is located between Philadelphia and Washington. In 2011, the city's Amtrak train station was renamed the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station in honor of rail enthusiast Joe Biden, who often commuted via Amtrak from Wilmington to Washington during his time as a Senator. Buses from Wilmington also connect to cities like New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Since the regional Wilmington Airport does not offer civilian flights, travelers can easily take a bus to the airport in Philadelphia for any air travel out of the area.

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

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 825 Kemper St

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

  • 9431 West St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • 111 South Commerce St

Where is the train station in Wilmington?

Main arrival station: Amtrak/SEPTA Station

Wilmington has one train station.

All train stations in Wilmington:

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

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