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Compare train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond


Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Richmond?

Lowest Price$22.00
Fastest Train2h 2m
Trains Per Day8
Train Lines4

Frequently Asked Questions

How early should you arrive for Amtrak?

Amtrak recommends arriving between 30 and 45 minutes before your train is scheduled to depart. If you aren’t familiar with the station, plan to have your luggage checked, or want to grab something to eat from the station prior boarding, plan to get there even earlier.

Is there a direct train between DC and Richmond?

Yes, there is a direct train that goes from Washington, DC, to Richmond, Virginia. In fact, Amtrak offers at least 10 daily direct trips between the two cities. Amtrak has two stations in Richmond where you may be dropped off. Most trains stop at the Staple Mills Road Station, which is about 5 miles away from downtown Richmond. The other stop is Main Street Station, which is right in the heart of Richmond.

What is the fastest way to get from Washington DC to Richmond?

Typically, flying from Washington DC to Richmond is the overall fastest option, with a nonstop flight taking about an hour. However, plane tickets for this route regularly cost more than $300. A more affordable option is to take the train, which runs about 2 hours and 10 minutes, and costs an average of $33.

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

In the last month, $22.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Richmond, 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 $8.58 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Richmond is approximately 97 miles, or 156 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 2 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 Richmond are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 3:00pm. 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 Richmond?

There are 8 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Washington DC to Richmond.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Richmond to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Richmond for $25.00.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Richmond?

There are 4 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to Richmond, Virginia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 5 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carolinian12h 19m$22.68
Amtrak Northeast Regional52h 26m$22.64
Amtrak Palmetto12h 11m$22.73
Amtrak Silver Service12h 7m$22.79

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Richmond?

Richmond receives travelers from Washington DC at its two active train stations:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd
  • 1500 E Main St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Richmond, VA
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
September 14, 2019Regular commuter
So far good .
Please improve time maner.
July 13, 2019Visiting family
It was mine and my daughter’s first train ride.
Being on time
June 13, 2019Vacation
The trip itself. It was my first trip on a train.
Travel light if you can.

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Palmetto report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
October 18, 2019Visiting family
Very confortable seats.

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