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Compare train tickets from Washington DC to Roanoke


Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Roanoke?

Lowest Price$29.00
Fastest Train4h 58m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $29.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Roanoke, 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 $12.11 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Washington DC and Roanoke is approximately 194 miles, or 313 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 58 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 Roanoke are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Washington DC at 4:00pm and arrives in Roanoke around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Washington DC to Roanoke?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Roanoke with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Roanoke to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Roanoke for $33.00.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Roanoke?

Amtrak Northeast Regional is the one and only train line which connects Washington, District of Columbia to Roanoke, Virginia. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional15h 3m$29.89

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Roanoke?

Roanoke has one train station:

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Roanoke, VA
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 33 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
July 29, 2019Visiting friends
Bus was on time during departure, inside the bus it was clean , AC was good , Journey was smooth
Drivers were asking for tip for any adhok services
June 16, 2019Couples trip
Nothing it was great
Keep your feet out of the hall way 😁
June 12, 2019Vacation
On time Very comfortable
Very good value

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