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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Washington DC to Norfolk. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Norfolk usually takes around 5 hours and 38 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 4 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance148 mi (238 km)
Fastest train4h 32m
Lowest price$19.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Norfolk

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Rosario

June 20, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I didn’t have to drive :). Cons: Lights could be dimmer. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Pros: I didn’t have to drive :). Cons: Lights could be dimmer. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

5.0

Patrice

May 29, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I enjoyed the ride it was my first time on Amtrak!! Cons: There was a 2 hour delay due to signaling issues however SAFETY FIRST!!! Tips: People need to continue to wear there mask!!

Pros: I enjoyed the ride it was my first time on Amtrak!! Cons: There was a 2 hour delay due to signaling issues however SAFETY FIRST!!! Tips: People need to continue to wear there mask!!

5.0

Iris

May 7, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Be able to relax and not have to stress with traffic … I am seriously considering this commute option, I travel to NC twice a month. Cons: I cannot think of anything at this time. Tips: This is a really good traveling option, convenient, relaxing and super afford...

Pros: Be able to relax and not have to stress with traffic … I am seriously considering this commute option, I travel to NC twice a month. Cons: I cannot think of anything at this time. Tips: This is a really good traveling option, convenient, relaxing and super affordable I just saw the question below in regards to WiFi, not sure, I did not use my phone, took a nice long nap.

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5.0

Adrian

April 30, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Satisfied. Cons: Food kinda high for a cookie. Tips: Get on train ASAP. Best seat selected.

Pros: Satisfied. Cons: Food kinda high for a cookie. Tips: Get on train ASAP. Best seat selected.

5.0

EFREM

February 17, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Peaceful and quick. Cons: Not sure. Tips: None.

Pros: Peaceful and quick. Cons: Not sure. Tips: None.

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

In the last month, $39.19 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Norfolk. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $44.17 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Norfolk will vary between $27 and $104. Planning a train trip to Norfolk within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is $32. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Washington DC to Norfolk by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $41 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Norfolk in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $81 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 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Norfolk from Washington will be about $44.17 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Norfolk?

2 train services operate from Washington to Norfolk. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak25h 11m$44.55
Amtrak Northeast Regional35h 53m$61.67
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Washington to Norfolk every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $19.

  • 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 3 daily train trips from Washington to Norfolk, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Norfolk 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Norfolk?

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

The distance between Washington DC and Norfolk is approximately 148 miles, or 238 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 38 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 32 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 Norfolk 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 Saturday 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 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Norfolk?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Norfolk. 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 Norfolk 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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

Norfolk

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A trip to Norfolk, VA will take your breath away. Sail away from its shores and just let the wind take you to a place of calm and quiet where you can shed your worries.

There are so many things to do in and around the coastal city of Norfolk. Start off with its main historic landmark, the 400-year-old port that houses the most extensive naval base in the world. Other history-rich areas worth visiting include St. Paul's Episcopal Church and MacArthur Memorial.

If you crave some water adventures, remember that you can always sail, fish, swim, kayak, and cruise in Norfolk. You can also sign up for the Naval Base Tour or visit the Nauticus Museum and Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Finally, don't forget to spend a day or two at the beach to rejuvenate your soul.

Arts and entertainment, nightlife, and shopping are thriving in Norfolk, too. If you wish to enjoy some live performances, visit the Harrison Opera house. Nightlife is always at its best downtown, particularly at Baxter's or Scotty Quixx. If you plan to do some shopping, the Selden Market offers the most eclectic selections of all.

Walking is the best mode of transportation in Norfolk, but there's also the Tide, which is the city's light rail system that can take you to your destination faster. It runs a 7.5-mile-long route that covers pretty much the entire downtown area with its 11 stops. Both Amtrak train service and bus service from carriers like Greyhound and OurBus make Norfolk easy to travel to for your next trip.

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

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

  • Newark Penn Station

  • MARC Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

  • 72 S Clinton Ave

  • Newark Intl Airport

  • 525 Water St

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

Where is the train station in Norfolk?

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Main arrival station: Harbor Park Station

Trains to Norfolk stop at the Harbor Park Station, adjacent to the city's Minor League Baseball stadium, Harbor Park. Greyhound buses also stop at this location in Norfolk. The station is a modern, well-lit building with many windows and comfortable seating inside. There is plentiful parking on-site, but be aware that fees may apply when there are events at the stadium. Downtown Norfolk is only a mile away, and you can connect to the local Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) rail via its Harbor Park station in the same area.

All train stations in Norfolk:

  • Harbor Park Station

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