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Trip Summary

There are 119 daily trains from Washington DC to Alexandria. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Alexandria usually takes around 30 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 14 minutes.

Distance7 mi (11 km)
Fastest train0h 14m
Lowest price$5.50
Trains per day9
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines7

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Alexandria

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Susan E

September 29, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Silver Service

Pros: Easy access to trains, comfort, quiet, although full, it did not feel crowded. Cons: Gate was not posted until last minute... it was a little nerve wracking! Tips: Stay calm. It all works out. The staff is kind.

Pros: Easy access to trains, comfort, quiet, although full, it did not feel crowded. Cons: Gate was not posted until last minute... it was a little nerve wracking! Tips: Stay calm. It all works out. The staff is kind.

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

In the last month, $164.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Alexandria. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $30.43 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$210$140$70MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Alexandria will vary between $145 and $208. Planning a train trip to Alexandria within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is $145. 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

$125$100$75$50$25JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Alexandria by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $17 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Alexandria in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $125 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 20 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Alexandria from Washington will be about $30.43 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Alexandria?

There are 7 train lines with service from Washington to Alexandria. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 109 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1091d 8h 30m$178.50
Amtrak Cardinal10h 17m$22.16
Amtrak Carolinian10h 15m$7.06
Amtrak Crescent10h 17m$29.24
Amtrak Northeast Regional53h 42m$66.96
Amtrak Palmetto10h 15m$7.77
Amtrak Silver Service10h 17m$24.55
  • 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 109 Amtrak trains from Washington to Alexandria every day, as well as 93 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $6.

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  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    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 Alexandria per day, with an average trip length of 0 hours and 17 minutes.

  • 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 Alexandria, 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 15 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 Alexandria take about 0 hours and 17 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $26.

  • 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 5 daily train trips from Washington to Alexandria, 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 Alexandria 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 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 Alexandria start from $7 and the average train journey lasts about 0 hours and 17 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Washington DC and Alexandria is approximately 7 miles, or 11 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 30 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Alexandria.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Alexandria are the most crowded on Friday. 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?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Alexandria?

There are 119 scheduled trains on most days. 9 of these are direct connections to Alexandria. 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 Alexandria 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.

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

  • 225 S Seminary St

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • 201 East Harrison St

  • 245 Second St

  • 5885 Horton St

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

  • Dingell Transit Ctr - 21201 Michigan Ave

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • Union Station

  • North Water St & West Peach St

  • Potomac St & Shenandoah St

Where is the train station in Alexandria?

Main arrival station: 110 Callahan Dr

Alexandria has one train station.

All train stations in Alexandria:

  • 110 Callahan Dr

Need a return trip from Alexandria to Washington DC?

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