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Washington DC - Atlanta Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is usually just one train option from Washington DC to Atlanta per day. The average train journey from Washington DC to Atlanta takes 14 hours and 32 minutes, but some Amtrak Crescent train trips are as short as 14 hours and 13 minutes.

Distance542 mi (873 km)
Fastest train14h 13m
Lowest price$83.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Crescent
Train lines2

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

The average price for a train ticket from Washington to Atlanta is $142.10, Tickets are generally pricier for this train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. By booking your trip at least 24 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $135.93 more.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Atlanta will range from $136 to $235. If you're planning to travel by train to Atlanta in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Washington you can find in the next 7 days is $137. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for September if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Washington DC to Atlanta. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $131. If you're planning a trip from Washington DC to Atlanta during November, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $186 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you're looking to save on your train trip from Washington to Atlanta, book online with Wanderu at least 24 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $135.93 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Atlanta?

2 train services operate from Washington to Atlanta. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13d 17h 58m$765.50
Amtrak Crescent114h 13m$166.74
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Washington to Atlanta every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $664.

  • 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 Atlanta take about 14 hours and 13 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $83.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Washington DC to Atlanta. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

The distance between Washington DC and Atlanta is approximately 542 miles, or 873 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 hours and 13 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.

Trains from Washington DC to Atlanta are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Washington DC at 11:00am and arrives in Atlanta around 14 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Atlanta with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

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

Atlanta

Atlanta, GA - ATL-0

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Atlanta, GA - ATL-1

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the Peach State. Located in the heart of America’s South, Atlanta is one of the foremost economic and cultural hubs in the region and the United States in general. As such, it's among the best vacation destinations in Georgia.

The city has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a result, across Atlanta you can find various museums and points of interest dedicated to the lives and works of various key figures in those events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is an important stop on our MLK Jr. itinerary.

Atlanta is also a key hub for the U.S. entertainment industry, and it offers some of the best nightlife experiences in the country. Here, you will find some of the finest craft beer in America and enjoy some of the best and most authentic southern food.

Atlanta is easily accessible by both bus and train from various parts of the country, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s location on the city’s outskirts makes it easy to travel to Atlanta from all over the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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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

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Atlanta?

Peachtree Station - 1688 Peachtree St NW - ATLAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Peachtree Station - 1688 Peachtree St NW

Located at 1688 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta’s Brookwood Hills neighborhood, the historic two-track Peachtree Train Station opened in 1918 in the style of an Italian Renaissance pavilion. The station, which is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, features classic pilasters and columns. More than 70,000 passengers travel on Amtrak’s Crescent train services from Peachtree Station to major destinations including New Orleans, New York, and Washington D.C. Within the station building are two waiting rooms, restrooms, vending machines, and a ticket sales office. The station has accessible entrances and limited paid parking.

All train stations in Atlanta:

  • Peachtree Station - 1688 Peachtree St NW

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