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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Newark to Washington DC?

Lowest price$39.00
Fastest train2h 37m
Trains per day20
Train lines9

Newark to Washington DC Route Map

Newark Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest train from Newark to Washington, DC?

The cheapest trains from Newark to DC are typically the Amtrak Cardinal, Amtrak Palmetto and the Amtrak Carolinian, each of which averages around $114.

What is the fastest train from Newark to DC?

The fastest train from Newark to DC is the Amtrak Acela. On the Acela, the average trip duration is just 2 hours 41 minutes.

Is there a bus from Newark to Washington, DC?

There are 3 buses that drive between Newark and DC: BoltBus, Greyhound and OurBus. Tickets average just $16, and the typical travel time is 4.5 and 5 hours.

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

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

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

In the last month, $66.59 was the average price of a train ticket from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $101.35 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Newark and Washington DC is approximately 198 miles, or 318 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 37 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 Newark to Washington DC 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 Sunday 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 Newark at 3:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Newark to Washington DC?

There are 20 scheduled trains on most days. 26 of these are direct connections to Washington DC. 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 Washington DC to Newark. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Newark to Washington DC for $30.00.

Which train should you take from Newark to Washington DC?

There are 9 train lines with service from Newark, New Jersey to Washington, District of Columbia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 11m$66.17
Amtrak Acela62h 43m$150.66
Amtrak Cardinal13h 5m$91.15
Amtrak Carolinian13h 4m$111.28
Amtrak Crescent13h 23m$114.61
Amtrak Northeast Regional103h 12m$90.04
Amtrak Palmetto13h 11m$121.52
Amtrak Silver Service13h 11m$101.10
Amtrak Vermonter13h 8m$103.55

Amtrak train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $66. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Washington. Amtrak in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $71 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Amtrak Acela train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $128, and on average cost $151. Daily there are 6 Amtrak Acela schedules to Washington. Amtrak Acela in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 2 hours and 43 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $166 for a one-way train ticket to Washington.

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $91. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Washington. Amtrak Cardinal in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 3 hours and 5 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost $97 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $111. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Washington. Amtrak Carolinian in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 3 hours and 4 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $130 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Amtrak Crescent train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $115. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Crescent schedules to Washington. Amtrak Crescent in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Crescent takes 3 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Crescent offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Crescent scheduled trip per day, which will cost $141 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $90. Daily there are 10 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Washington. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Newark leaves from Penn Station and one other station. And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 3 hours and 12 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 17 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $110 for a one-way train ticket to Washington.

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $122. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Washington. Amtrak Palmetto in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 3 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $164 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Amtrak Silver Service train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $101. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Silver Service schedules to Washington. Amtrak Silver Service in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Silver Service takes 3 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Silver Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Silver Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost $120 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from Newark to Washington DC start from $39, and on average cost $104. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to Washington. Amtrak Vermonter in Newark leaves from Penn Station, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Newark to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 3 hours and 8 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost $105 for a one-way weekend reservation from Newark.

Price trends for trains from Newark to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Katherine

January 30, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Nice clean cars and comfy seats. Tips: Nice clean cars and comfy seats. Pros: Nice clean cars and comfy seats. Tips: Nice clean cars and comfy seats.

5.0

Olutosin

December 28, 2020 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It was smooth and peaceful. Cons: Cleaning the coach. Pros: It was smooth and peaceful. Cons: Cleaning the coach.

5.0

Arshad

February 10, 2020 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Outstanding trip Outstanding trip

5.0

Sandra

January 28, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Comfortable and safeComfortable and safe

5.0

Gino

December 7, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Extremely convenient and gave timely reminders. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Slow WiFi. Pros: Extremely convenient and gave timely reminders. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Slow WiFi.

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