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Washington DC-Cincinnati Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Washington DC to Cincinnati. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Cincinnati usually takes around 14 hours and 31 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance401 mi (646 km)
Fastest train14h 31m
Lowest price$65.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cardinal
Train lines1

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

In the last month, $65.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Cincinnati, OH. 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 $29.57 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Cincinnati by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for July. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $73 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Cincinnati in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $126 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 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Cincinnati from Washington will be about $29.57 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Washington DC and Cincinnati is approximately 401 miles, or 646 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 31 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 Cincinnati are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday 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 Cincinnati around 14 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Cincinnati?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Cincinnati for $88.00.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Cincinnati?

Amtrak Cardinal is the one and only train line which connects Washington, District of Columbia to Cincinnati, Ohio. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cardinal114h 32m$74.24

The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Washington to Cincinnati per day, with an average trip length of 14 hours and 32 minutes.

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