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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Washington DC to Raleigh. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Raleigh usually takes around 6 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Silver Service train can make the trip in 5 hours and 43 minutes.

Distance233 mi (375 km)
Fastest train5h 43m
Lowest pricePLN 181.83
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carolinian
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Raleigh, NC

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Martha Leonor

November 18, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Carolinian
Pros: It was the first time I traveled by train in USA. It was nice not to worry about driving and enjoy the view of the country side.. Tips: Travel by Amtrak. The staff is very nice, the train is comfortable and clean. When I arrive to Cary, where my friend was waiti... Pros: It was the first time I traveled by train in USA. It was nice not to worry about driving and enjoy the view of the country side.. Tips: Travel by Amtrak. The staff is very nice, the train is comfortable and clean. When I arrive to Cary, where my friend was waiting for me by mistake. The conductor Kevin was wonderful! He was helpful, friendly and polite, The gentleman at the Cary station, Tom and the lady named Knight were so helpful as well very friendly and all of them made feel very welcome to North Carolina. I will travel on Amtrak in the future and I will recommend it to my friends and family.More

4.0

Harry

June 23, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Carolinian
Pros: Food price was reasonable and well prepared. The lady at the diner cart was very friendly. Cons: It was very cold in the train, many people were prepared and wrapped with a blanket. I had to wear several layers of cloths to keep me warm. Tips: Bring some warm clo... Pros: Food price was reasonable and well prepared. The lady at the diner cart was very friendly. Cons: It was very cold in the train, many people were prepared and wrapped with a blanket. I had to wear several layers of cloths to keep me warm. Tips: Bring some warm cloths.More

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

In the last month, PLN 181.83 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Raleigh, NC. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around PLN 148.30 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

PLN 284PLN 189PLN 95MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Raleigh will vary between PLN 182 and PLN 242. Planning a train trip to Raleigh within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is PLN 182. 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

PLN 284PLN 227PLN 170PLN 114PLN 57JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Raleigh by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just PLN 189 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Raleigh in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to PLN 258 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

PLN 379PLN 303PLN 227PLN 152PLN 763020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 14 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Raleigh from Washington will be about PLN 148.30 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Raleigh?

2 train services operate from Washington, District of Columbia to Raleigh, North Carolina. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carolinian16h 14mPLN 201.87
Amtrak Silver Service15h 44mPLN 210.20
  • 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 Raleigh, 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 6 hours and 14 minutes.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    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 Raleigh start from PLN 182 and the average train journey lasts about 5 hours and 44 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Washington DC and Raleigh is approximately 233 miles, or 375 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 43 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Raleigh are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Washington DC at 11:00am and arrives in Raleigh around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Raleigh?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Raleigh 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 Raleigh to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Raleigh for PLN 227.29.

City Information

Washington DC

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Departure stations

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.

Where is the train station in Raleigh?

Arrival stations

Raleigh has one train station:

Other train stations in Raleigh:

  • Union Station

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