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Trip Summary

Washington, DC to Boston, MA

Lowest Price$49.00
Fastest Train6h 38m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines2

Washington DC to Boston Route Map

Washington Boston

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Boston right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $78.26 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Boston, MA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $78.93 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Washington DC to Boston?

The train from DC to Boston has an average journey time of 7 hours and 55 minutes. All Amtrak trains are direct. However, travelers who take the Acela Express train can expect their trip to take just under 7 hours.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Boston 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 Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Boston?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 19 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Boston for $24.00.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Boston?

2 train services operate from Washington, District of Columbia to Boston, Massachusetts. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Acela36h 51m$134.46
Amtrak Northeast Regional78h 26m$70.33

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston receives travelers from Washington DC at its two active train stations:

  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Boston

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Boston, MA
Based on 11 ratings and reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 80 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 21, 2019Visiting family
Spacious, easySpacious, easy
December 8, 2019Visiting family
Comfortable and spacious seats. Comfortable and spacious seats.
Indicate where the cafeteria is situatedIndicate where the cafeteria is situated
Choose Amtrak for your travelsChoose Amtrak for your travels
Rita Maria
October 15, 2019Visiting friends
There was no working wifi ön the train. It really should be in the XXI.cencury. There was no working wifi ön the train. It really should be in the XXI.cencury.
September 18, 2019Vacation
Use this service for quality and costUse this service for quality and cost
September 19, 2019Visiting friends
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