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Trip Summary

There are usually 37 daily train trips available from Baltimore to Washington DC. Traveling by train from Baltimore to Washington DC usually takes 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 21 minutes.

Distance35 mi (56 km)
Fastest train0h 21m
Lowest price$5.00
Trains per day69
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines9

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Baltimore to Washington

(Based on 95 ratings and reviews)

4.9

4.0

Alison

April 27, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Fast, simple, convenient. Cons: Cleaner bathroom! Tips: Bring your own water bc the vending machines in the stations don’t always have water.

5.0

Jennifer

April 5, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quick trip, definitely got a bargain ticket last minute which was super helpful. Cons: N/A.

5.0

Candace

March 16, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: that it went smoothly, no surprises. Did not know about the quiet car, or about priority seating for seniors. Would be good to know that in advance. Cons: it was good. Tips: very orderly onboarding, no scrambling or crushing the gate.

5.0

Chloe

February 4, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

My friend and I had a trip scheduled to leave at 10:52 but wanted an earlier ride back and were graciously helped by the front desk and help desk at Penn Station. We were able to get tickets to a delayed train departing at 9:08 quickly and easily. The Penn Station staff were so helpful and supportive, and it was hands down my best Amtrak experience due to their guidance and help. Excellent team, Baltimore!

5.0

Sang chul

February 1, 2024- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It was great and ride the train again next time.

Baltimore to Washington DC Route Map

Baltimore Washington

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

For the past 30 days, one-way train tickets from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., have fluctuated between $20 and $28. To secure the most favorable price, consider booking well in advance.

Average prices by travel date

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With Wanderu, pocket savings of up to $10.74 on your train ticket from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., by booking at least two days ahead. Keep in mind that booking ahead not only guarantees your seat but also maximizes your savings.

Monthly average prices

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Looking for the prime time to snag the best fares? Aim for October! During October, you can secure tickets at an average cost of just $19. Conversely, consider avoiding travel in May, as the average price tends to soar, reaching as high as $24, unless booked well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Baltimore to Washington on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time, you can save about $10.74 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Baltimore to Washington DC?

There are 9 train lines with service from Baltimore to Washington. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 17 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak30h 37m$19.60
Amtrak Acela100h 33m$38.63
Amtrak Cardinal10h 41m$29.64
Amtrak Carolinian10h 39m$33.20
Amtrak Crescent10h 48m$28.61
Amtrak Northeast Regional170h 39m$16.54
Amtrak Palmetto10h 42m$35.45
Amtrak Silver Service20h 39m$29.13
Amtrak Vermonter10h 38m$10.60
  • 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 Baltimore to Washington every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $5.

  • 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 10 Acela trips from Baltimore to Washington 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 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 Baltimore to Washington per day, with an average trip length of 0 hours and 41 minutes.

  • The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Baltimore and Washington, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 0 hours and 39 minutes.

  • 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 Baltimore to Washington take about 0 hours and 48 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $24.

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

  • The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling from Baltimore to Washington is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Baltimore to Washington start from $24 and the average train journey lasts about 0 hours and 39 minutes.

  • The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café. There are 1 Vermonter trains traveling from Baltimore to Washington every day, with prices starting from $5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Washington, DC, is an ideal destination for a day trip from Baltimore. The journey takes approximately 35 to 48 minutes, depending on the train you select, providing ample time to explore the nation’s capital. With 48 daily scheduled trips, trains operate frequently, adding to the remarkable convenience of this route.

Covering around 35 miles or 56 kilometers, the average train trip between Baltimore and Washington, DC, spans 38 minutes. The quickest possible travel time is 21 minutes, making it a brief and enjoyable journey—a perfect way to reach Washington, DC.

Monday sees the highest passenger volume on trains from Baltimore to Washington, DC, often accompanied by higher ticket prices. For those seeking cost-effective options or desiring more spacious travel, opting for Tuesday or Wednesday is advisable, as they're typically the least crowded days of the week.

The first train from Baltimore sets off at noon, and the final train departs at 11:00 pm. To view the complete schedule for your specific travel dates, utilize the search function on this page.

Yes, direct trains are available from Baltimore to Washington, DC. However, it’s important to note that specific trips may involve transferring to another mode of transportation, such as a bus or shuttle, during the journey.

When booking, carefully consider your preferred route, with many travelers opting for direct trains for efficiency and convenience.

City Information

Baltimore

Baltimore is a seaport in Maryland best known for its crab cakes and baseball legend, Babe Ruth. As there is plenty to see in Charm City, you'll be singing "Good Morning, Baltimore'' as soon as you experience all of the sights and activities this quirky town has to offer.

Some of Baltimore's most impressive attractions are centered in and around Inner Harbor. This scenic waterfront is filled with historic ships, dating as far back as the Civil War in the case of the USS Constellation. Alongside shops and restaurants, Inner Harbor also hosts the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and several entertainment venues where you can catch live music. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the harbor from atop Federal Hill Park, or if you prefer the view that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner," head out to Fort McHenry, known for its role in the War of 1812.

Baltimore is one of the stops on Wanderu's recommended East Coast wine tour, but don't worry about racking up a hefty tab; luckily, Baltimore is also one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S., with the cheapest bottle of beer going for just $1.42. Enjoy your wine or beer along the Avenue in Hampden, a neighborhood known for its hipster bars, restaurants, and boutiques.

Ready to plan your Baltimore adventure? Numerous bus and train options make Baltimore affordably accessible by ground transportation, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport not only offers hundreds of daily flights, it also is one of the best airports for food in the U.S.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

Baltimore, MD - Penn Station - BALAMT-0

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Main departure station: Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

Pennsylvania Station, commonly referred to as just Penn Station, is the main train station in Baltimore. Owned and operated by Amtrak, the station serves as a regional hub for all of the train carrier’s nine services that pass through Baltimore, including the Acela, the Northeast Regional, the Crescent, and the Palmetto. Conveniently located near Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor, Penn Station is accessible from all parts of the city via several transit bus lines and two commuter rail services. The Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Collegetown shuttles also serve Penn Station, allowing students to travel easily between the train station and campus.

All train stations in Baltimore:

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main arrival 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

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