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Frequent questions about traveling by train from Washington DC to New York.

Is a train from D.C. to New York City a good day trip?

Going by Amtrak from Washington, D.C., to New York makes for a long but very doable day trip. If you take the Acela, the train will take an average of 2 hours and 56 minutes, while the Northeast Regional will take about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Your best bet is to plan a day trip for Saturday or Sunday. If you depart Union Station by 8 a.m., you’ll arrive into New York’s Penn Station before noon. That will give you ample time to get lunch, wander the city, and go to a 2 or 3 p.m. matinee.

Broadway shows rarely run longer than two hours, so after the show you can grab dinner, shop on Fifth Avenue or walk The High Line before heading home. If you leave by 8 p.m, you’ll arrive back in D.C. between 11 and 11:30, having spent a full eight hours in The Big Apple.

Is the Acela worth it from Washington, D.C. to New York City?

The Acela from D.C. to New York is probably not worth the price. It is only 16% faster than Amtrak’s other offerings, and would get you to your destination about 34 minutes ahead of a Northeast Regional train.

Between Union Station in D.C. and Penn Station in New York, the Acela makes eight stops, mostly in bigger cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore. The Northeast Regional makes 16 stops in many smaller towns such as Aberdeen, Maryland and Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

The average price of the Acela for this route is $202.90, whereas a Northeast Regional train ticket averages $105.14. Because the Acela isn’t that much faster than the Northeast Regional but is almost twice the price, it really isn’t worth it for this route unless you prefer the upgraded comfort and upscale amenities that Acela has to offer.

How to find cheap train tickets from Washington DC to New York ?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Washington to New York is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Washington to New York was $116.87. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 20 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $47.00 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train journey from Washington DC to New York ? How far is Washington DC to New York ?

The distance between Washington DC to New York is 203.67 miles or 327.69 km. A train trip from Washington DC to New York typically takes 3 hours, If you are looking to get to New York faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak Acela Express. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 2 hours and 51 minutes to get from Washington to New York.

A train getaway to New York clocks in at less than 4 hours, station to station. If you plan ahead and get an early start, a day trip could be possible depending on the schedules for that day, but you will be limited on the time you can spend in New York before you have to hop on the train back to Washington. Ideally, you should plan for at least a two-day trip to New York. It would be perfect for a weekend getaway.

On Friday trains from Washington to New York are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak Northeast Regional has the most connections between Washington DC to New York

Typically there are 33 schedules to compare for your trip to New York. On the route to New York 6 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Northeast Regional offers the most scheduled departures between Washington to New York, usually offering 17 trips per day. 33 train trips per day are direct connections to New York, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Washington DC to New York, which start at $1.00.

Washington to New York is served by 6 train carriers

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $49.00, and on average cost $134.13. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to New York. Amtrak in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 27 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 0 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $134.89 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

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Avg. Time
3h 27m
Avg. Price
$134.13

Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak Acela Express train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $173.00, and on average cost $204.64. Daily there are 13 Amtrak Acela Express schedules to New York. Amtrak Acela Express in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Acela Express takes 2 hours and 59 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela Express offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $200.88 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

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2h 59m
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$204.64

Amtrak Carolinian

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $96.00, and on average cost $178.51. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to New York. Amtrak Carolinian in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 3 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 0 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $180.07 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

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3h 23m
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$178.51

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $49.00, and on average cost $113.16. Daily there are 17 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to New York. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 3 hours and 33 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 0 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 15 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $120.70 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

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Avg. Time
3h 33m
Avg. Price
$113.16

Amtrak Palmetto

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $69.00, and on average cost $95.09. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to New York. Amtrak Palmetto in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 3 hours and 29 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 0 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $99.99 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

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Avg. Time
3h 29m
Avg. Price
$95.09

Amtrak Vermonter

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from Washington DC to New York start from $53.00, and on average cost $117.06. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to New York. Amtrak Vermonter in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station,

From Washington DC to New York train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 3 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 0 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost $132.99 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

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Avg. Time
3h 26m
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$117.06

Plan your next adventure:

There is one train station from which trains depart Washington on their way to New York. The busiest departure station in Washington serving this route is Union Station.
  • Union Station
There is one train station where trains arrive in New York from Washington., The busiest departure station in Washington serving this route is Penn Station.
  • Penn Station