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Helpful info about taking the train from Boston to New York

  • The train from Boston to New York takes 3 hours and 59 minutes on average. The journey is even shorter if you travel on Amtrak’s fast train from Boston to NYC, the Acela, with a travel time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

    • Amtrak’s Acela line provides high-speed train service from Boston to NYC. Acela trains can reach up to 150 mph and make fewer stops, so the Acela gets to New York about 30 minutes faster than the Amtrak Northeast Regional train. The Acela also features upgraded amenities for passengers in its two classes of service, First Class and Business Class.

    • One of the easiest ways to get from Boston to New York is taking the train. Train travel means skipping long security lines at the airport, higher luggage allowances than airlines, and avoiding traffic on highways. Taking the bus is another convenient option to avoid the stress of flying, though traffic conditions can impact your arrival time.

    • It’s convenient and affordable to take a day trip from Boston to New York by train. Trains from Boston arrive in Manhattan, near Times Square and Hudson Yards. The latest train from NYC back to Boston departs at 7:00pm, so you can have a full day exploring New York and get back to Boston before midnight.

    • Many travelers take the train from Boston on business trips to New York City. Stay productive with the train’s consistent WiFi and power outlets at each seat, and arrive to meetings on time by avoiding traffic and flight delays. If your company will reimburse the train ticket, we say spring for Business Class, too!

    • Getting to New York without a car is no problem, thanks to trains, buses, and flights into the Big Apple. Most travelers actually prefer not having a car in New York City, because getting around via subway is easier than driving. Amtrak trains to New York arrive at Penn Station, which is connected to the subway at the 34 St - Penn Station stop for A, C, and E trains.

    • A train from Boston to New York usually costs less than a flight, or roughly in the same ballpark if demand is high. However, choosing to take the train instead of flying from Boston to NYC will save you money on other costs besides the ticket price. Trains do not charge fees for WiFi or your first two checked bags, and arriving at the train station in Manhattan means you don’t have to pay for expensive transportation from JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark into the city.

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Trip Summary

There are usually 18 daily train trips available from Boston to New York. Traveling by train from Boston to New York usually takes 3 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance190 mi (306 km)
Fastest train3h 30m
Lowest price$16.00
Trains per day36
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Boston to New York

(Based on 271 ratings and reviews)




November 19, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I like our driver, Gina (I think so?) she is superb. Cons: maybe try to improve the washroom a bit? But I fully understand it is hard for one driver to take care of everything. I hope the company can do something.


Sue C

November 15, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It was right on time! Cons: Departure from Boston took a few minutes to unblock boarding platform!



November 2, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Gourgeous scenary of the landscape from the coach window , foliage and beautiful bay with sailing boats. Cons: Wi-Fi.



October 28, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The staff was helpful, respectful and friendly. The train was clean The train was on time. Cons: it was ok for me. Tips: Be on time.



October 25, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Speedy arrival. Tips: Enjoy your trips,don't go to sleep too early.

Boston to New York Route Map

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What is the price of a train ticket from Boston to New York?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Boston to New York was $121.49. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 28 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $77.11 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date


If you're planning to travel by bus from Boston to New York in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $87 to $203. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 12, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to New York this week, bus tickets are available starting at $94.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Boston to New York are at their cheapest average price in January. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $112. On the other hand, traveling on this route during November might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for November trips cost $150, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 28 days in advance to save up to $77.11.

Which train should you take from Boston to New York?

There are multiple trains from Boston to New York running from early morning into the evening. All trains from Boston to New York are operated by Amtrak. Your main options are the Amtrak Northeast Regional and the Amtrak Acela.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak33h 44m$232.69
Amtrak Acela83h 43m$235.19
Amtrak Northeast Regional104h 12m$145.81
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Boston to New York every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $57.

  • The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. There are 8 Acela trips from Boston to New York every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premium service, the average Acela train ticket may cost more than other train lines.

  • 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 10 daily train trips from Boston to New York, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Departing from South Station in Boston, the Amtrak Northeast Regional train makes 12 other stops before arriving at Penn Station in New York. The Acela has only 6 stops between Boston and NYC, which makes it 35 minutes faster than the Northeast Regional on average.

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.

The route from Boston to NYC is 190 miles, or 306 kilometers long. The train from Boston to New York usually takes around 3 hours and 59 minutes when you ride the Amtrak Northeast Regional. The fastest Acela train takes 3 hours and 30 minutes.

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for train travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to New York, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The earliest train departs Boston at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 18 scheduled trains on most days. 36 of these are direct connections to New York. 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 New York to Boston.

City Information


Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

New York


New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main departure station: Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

There are two stations in Boston where you can board the train to New York.

All train stations in Boston:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

Main arrival station: NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

All train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

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