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Train Route Overview: Washington DC to Newark

There are 27 daily trains from Washington DC to Newark. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Newark usually takes around 3 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Fastest train2h 27m
Lowest price$29.00
Trains per day33
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines7

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Newark

(Based on 28 ratings and reviews)

4.9

4.0

Paula

January 14, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Good, comfortable, had outlets available and was able to sit alone! Cons: ETA estimations could be more accurate. Tips: Know your train number! Have your phone handy.

Pros: Good, comfortable, had outlets available and was able to sit alone! Cons: ETA estimations could be more accurate. Tips: Know your train number! Have your phone handy.

5.0

Tanvi

November 19, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Everything. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Mask up!

Pros: Everything. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Mask up!

5.0

Busisiwe

November 11, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Train left and arrived on time. Cons: A little more heat on the train, it got cold. Tips: Bring a neck pillow.

Pros: Train left and arrived on time. Cons: A little more heat on the train, it got cold. Tips: Bring a neck pillow.

5.0

Jean

October 7, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quiet, comfy and spacious. Cons: More food options. Tips: Bring your own food.

Pros: Quiet, comfy and spacious. Cons: More food options. Tips: Bring your own food.

5.0

Jill

September 14, 2021- Business

Amtrak Acela

Pros: I loved the chilling out time on the train, no vehicle traffic, I could get work done while another got me to my destination. Cons: Nothing, pleased with my experience! Tips: Enjoy!

Pros: I loved the chilling out time on the train, no vehicle traffic, I could get work done while another got me to my destination. Cons: Nothing, pleased with my experience! Tips: Enjoy!

Washington DC to Newark Route Map

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

In the last month, $61.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Newark. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $65.77 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Newark will vary between $54 and $93. Planning a train trip to Newark within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is $69. 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 Newark by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $68 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Newark in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $110 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

$175$140$105$70$353020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Newark from Washington will be about $65.77 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Newark?

There are 7 train lines with service from Washington to Newark. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 15 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak510h 49m$108.00
Amtrak Acela72h 34m$143.34
Amtrak Carolinian12h 57m$92.89
Amtrak Crescent13h 22m$145.06
Amtrak Northeast Regional153h 5m$65.69
Amtrak Palmetto13h 6m$77.74
Amtrak Vermonter12h 53m$71.67
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Washington to Newark every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $40.

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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 Newark 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 Newark, 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 2 hours and 57 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 Newark take about 3 hours and 22 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $79.

  • 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 15 daily train trips from Washington to Newark, 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 Newark 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 Newark every day, with prices starting from $29.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Newark 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 Newark?

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

The distance between Washington DC and Newark is approximately 198 miles, or 318 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 27 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Newark are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 12:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Newark?

There are 27 scheduled trains on most days. 33 of these are direct connections to Newark. 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 Newark 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.

Newark

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As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

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

  • 307 South Stonestreet Ave

  • Potomac St & Shenandoah St

  • 229 East Martin St

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • North Water St & West Peach St

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • 201 East Harrison St

  • 820 East Main St

  • 1914 N Tryon St

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 211 N Academy St

  • Union Station

  • Union Station

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

Where is the train station in Newark?

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Main arrival station: Newark Penn Station

Not to be confused with the Penn Station in New York City just 10 miles away, Newark’s Penn Station is a vital regional transportation hub which serves the greater New York City and New Jersey area. Located a few blocks East of the central business district in Newark, Penn Station opened in 1935, when its Art Deco architecture was at the height of fashion - see if you can spot the Zodiac signs decorating the chandeliers! Travelers can access Amtrak intercity passenger trains running on the busy Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and Boston, as well as intercity buses like Greyhound and Fullington Trailways. Local transit available at Penn Station includes Newark Light Rail, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid transit linking Newark to Manhattan, and NJ Transit commuter trains serving coastal and central New Jersey.

All train stations in Newark:

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Newark Intl Airport

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