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Trip Summary

There are 24 daily trains from Washington DC to Baltimore. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Baltimore usually takes around 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 20 minutes.

Distance35 mi (56 km)
Fastest train0h 20m
Lowest price$5.50
Trains per day44
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines7

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Baltimore

(Based on 38 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Wangeci

January 15, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The service, silence and view especially cause I was traveling in the silent car. Cons: The waiting area. There's not enough space for everyone. Tips: Carry some headphones if you want to enjoy the trip and listen to good music. It's more therapeutic.

Pros: The service, silence and view especially cause I was traveling in the silent car. Cons: The waiting area. There's not enough space for everyone. Tips: Carry some headphones if you want to enjoy the trip and listen to good music. It's more therapeutic.

5.0

Diana

December 22, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Vermonter

That was on time and very fast

That was on time and very fast

5.0

Peter

October 7, 2021- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: everything went well. Cons: can't think of anything.

Pros: everything went well. Cons: can't think of anything.

5.0

maria a

September 28, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Cleaness Fast Comfy Seat. Cons: Union station at DC Looks outdated. Needs to be improve.

Pros: Cleaness Fast Comfy Seat. Cons: Union station at DC Looks outdated. Needs to be improve.

5.0

Vivian

August 23, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The staff was just excellent service so need to stay on it longer. Cons: No.

Pros: The staff was just excellent service so need to stay on it longer. Cons: No.

Washington DC to Baltimore Route Map

Washington Baltimore

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

The average price for a train ticket to Baltimore is $13.95, This is a superb deal on a train trip, one of the best that we have seen. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on train tickets everytime, we search all of the best train options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Baltimore will vary between $13 and $19. Planning a train trip to Baltimore within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is $16. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Baltimore by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Baltimore in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $19 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Baltimore from Washington will be about $8.44 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Baltimore?

There are 7 train lines with service from Washington to Baltimore. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 14 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21h 49m$41.02
Amtrak Acela70h 28m$36.89
Amtrak Carolinian10h 33m$12.29
Amtrak Crescent10h 37m$14.75
Amtrak Northeast Regional140h 36m$10.50
Amtrak Palmetto10h 35m$11.26
Amtrak Vermonter10h 33m$10.81
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Washington to Baltimore every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $29.

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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 7 Acela trips from Washington to Baltimore 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 Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    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 Baltimore, 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 0 hours and 33 minutes.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    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 Baltimore take about 0 hours and 37 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $14.

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

  • Amtrak Palmetto

    Amtrak Palmetto

    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 Baltimore 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.

  • 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 Washington to Baltimore every day, with prices starting from $6.

Frequently Asked Questions

What train lines go to Baltimore from DC?

Six Amtrak lines offer a route to Baltimore from DC. Amtrak Northeast Regional has the most daily routes at 34, with an average duration of 35 minutes. Tickets on the Northeast Regional average about $17. Amtrak Acela offers the second most daily routes at 19, with an average duration of 28 minutes. Tickets on the Amtrak Acela average close to $50.

Other train lines that pass from Washington to Baltimore include the Amtrak Palmetto and Amtrak Vermonter (each with 2 daily routes) and the Amtrak Carolinian, which travels between the two cities just once per day.

What is the busiest time to travel from DC to Baltimore?

By train, the busiest day to travel from DC to Baltimore is on Wednesday. That’s because many business travelers take Amtrak between Baltimore and Washington during the week. Trains tend to be the least crowded on Sundays, which means you may be able to get a better price on tickets.

Is there public transportation from Washington to Baltimore?

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train runs commuter services between DC and Baltimore. While the MARC if often cheaper than Amtrak, it can often be more crowded, and you may be stuck without an actual seat for the duration of the ride. Amtrak trains are more comfortable, and can often be faster. The Amtrak Acela gets from DC to Baltimore in about a half hour, whereas the MARC typically takes closer to 45 minutes.

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Baltimore 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Washington DC to Baltimore?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Washington DC to Baltimore. 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.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Baltimore is approximately 35 miles, or 56 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Baltimore.

When are trains the most crowded?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for train travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, 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 Baltimore, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 1:00am 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.

How many train departures serve Baltimore each day?

There are 24 scheduled trains on most days. 44 of these are direct connections to Baltimore. 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 Baltimore 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, 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.

Baltimore

Baltimore is a seaport in Maryland best known for its crab cakes and baseball legend, Babe Ruth. As there is plenty to see in Charm City, you'll be singing "Good Morning, Baltimore'' as soon as you experience all of the sights and activities this quirky town has to offer.

Some of Baltimore's most impressive attractions are centered in and around Inner Harbor. This scenic waterfront is filled with historic ships, dating as far back as the Civil War in the case of the USS Constellation. Alongside shops and restaurants, Inner Harbor also hosts the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and several entertainment venues where you can catch live music. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the harbor from atop Federal Hill Park, or if you prefer the view that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner," head out to Fort McHenry, known for its role in the War of 1812.

Baltimore is one of the stops on Wanderu's recommended East Coast wine tour, but don't worry about racking up a hefty tab; luckily, Baltimore is also one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S., with the cheapest bottle of beer going for just $1.42. Enjoy your wine or beer along the Avenue in Hampden, a neighborhood known for its hipster bars, restaurants, and boutiques.

Ready to plan your Baltimore adventure? Numerous bus and train options make Baltimore affordably accessible by ground transportation, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport not only offers hundreds of daily flights, it also is one of the best airports for food in the U.S.

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

  • 307 South Stonestreet Ave

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • 211 N Academy St

  • Union Station

  • 229 East Martin St

  • Peachtree Station - 1688 Peachtree St NW

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

  • 290 Magnolia St

  • 350 Hancock St

  • 677 Craghead St

  • 1120 W Washington St

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

Baltimore, MD - Penn Station - BALAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

Pennsylvania Station, commonly referred to as just Penn Station, is the main train station in Baltimore. Owned and operated by Amtrak, the station serves as a regional hub for all of the train carrier’s nine services that pass through Baltimore, including the Acela, the Northeast Regional, the Crescent, and the Palmetto. Conveniently located near Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor, Penn Station is accessible from all parts of the city via several transit bus lines and two commuter rail services. The Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Collegetown shuttles also serve Penn Station, allowing students to travel easily between the train station and campus.

All train stations in Baltimore:

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

Need a return trip from Baltimore to Washington DC?

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