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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

Lowest Price$21.00
Fastest Train2h 17m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Charlottesville right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $21.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, VA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.44 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Charlottesville is approximately 99 miles, or 159 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 28 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 17 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 Charlottesville are the most crowded on Monday. 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 11:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Charlottesville?

Trains leave the station in Washington DC twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Charlottesville with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Charlottesville to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville for $43.00.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

There are 3 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to Charlottesville, Virginia. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cardinal12h 44m$21.58
Amtrak Crescent12h 17m$21.68
Amtrak Northeast Regional12h 31m$21.59

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Charlottesville?

Charlottesville has one train station:

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, VA
Based on 10 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
August 21, 2019Visiting family

Based on 9 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 40 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
January 17, 2020Visiting family
Very efficient and professional, comfortable and easy
Everything ran like a “Top” in schedule without unforeseen obstacles
Yes, book your trip early
December 22, 2019Visiting family
Staff was very friendly & helpful
Train was very full and there's not a lot of leg room, for families with young kids, pre-assigned seats might be very helpful.
Get on the train as soon as possible if traveling with little ones.
November 15, 2019Visiting friends
More clear markings on the inside of the train cars to signify what cars we are in.
July 7, 2019Business
The seat was comfortable. I was able to sleep when I leaned against the window.
The wifi was really hit-or-miss. It would be great if it could be more reliable.
Don't count on the wifi and be prepared for delays.

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