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Washington DC-Charlottesville Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Washington DC to Charlottesville. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Charlottesville usually takes around 2 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Fastest train2h 17m
Lowest pricePLN 79.55
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, VA

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Melissa

January 17, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional
Pros: Very efficient and professional, comfortable and easy. Cons: Everything ran like a “Top” in schedule without unforeseen obstacles. Tips: Yes, book your trip early. Pros: Very efficient and professional, comfortable and easy. Cons: Everything ran like a “Top” in schedule without unforeseen obstacles. Tips: Yes, book your trip early.

4.0

Gage

December 22, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional
Pros: Staff was very friendly & helpful. Cons: 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. Tips: Get on the train as soon as possible if traveling with little ones. Pros: Staff was very friendly & helpful. Cons: 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. Tips: Get on the train as soon as possible if traveling with little ones.

5.0

Marshall

November 15, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional
More clear markings on the inside of the train cars to signify what cars we are in. More clear markings on the inside of the train cars to signify what cars we are in.

4.0

Sarah

August 21, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cardinal
WiFiWiFi

3.0

Ashlyn

July 7, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional
Pros: The seat was comfortable. I was able to sleep when I leaned against the window. Cons: The wifi was really hit-or-miss. It would be great if it could be more reliable. Tips: Don't count on the wifi and be prepared for delays. Pros: The seat was comfortable. I was able to sleep when I leaned against the window. Cons: The wifi was really hit-or-miss. It would be great if it could be more reliable. Tips: Don't count on the wifi and be prepared for delays.

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

In the last month, PLN 83.41 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around PLN 80.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

PLN 170PLN 114PLN 57MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Charlottesville will vary between PLN 80 and PLN 121. Planning a train trip to Charlottesville within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is PLN 80. 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

PLN 189PLN 152PLN 114PLN 76PLN 38JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Charlottesville by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just PLN 83 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Charlottesville in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to PLN 140 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

PLN 189PLN 152PLN 114PLN 76PLN 383020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Charlottesville from Washington will be about PLN 80.00 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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 44mPLN 120.35
Amtrak Crescent12h 17mPLN 141.71
Amtrak Northeast Regional12h 31mPLN 87.16
  • 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 Charlottesville per day, with an average trip length of 2 hours and 44 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 Charlottesville take about 2 hours and 17 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from PLN 80.

    amtrak crescent train
  • 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 1 daily train trips from Washington to Charlottesville, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Charlottesville 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 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 31 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 Saturday. 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 10:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 PLN 162.89.

City Information

Washington DC

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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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Departure stations

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.

Where is the train station in Charlottesville?

Arrival stations

Charlottesville has one train station:

Other train stations in Charlottesville:

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

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