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  • Tickets on Amtrak trains from NYC to Boston cost $116 on average. This average accounts for cheaper tickets for Northeast Regional trains and higher-priced tickets for Acela trains. Amtrak Acela tickets are usually more expensive because the Acela is a high-speed train with only Business Class and First Class fares offered.

    • The train from NYC to Boston takes 4 hours and 34 minutes on average. Northeast Regional trains may take a little longer than this average, while faster Acela trains usually reach Boston in 3 hours and 33 minutes. Acela trains travel as fast as 150mph on the route from New York to Boston.

    • Amtrak Northeast Regional trains make 20 stops between New York and Boston, including New Haven, New London, and Providence. Meanwhile, the Acela’s New York to Boston train schedule includes just 5 stops between NYC’s Penn Station and Boston’s South Station.

    • No need to pack light, you’re allowed to bring plenty of luggage on the Amtrak train from NYC to Boston. Amtrak allows each passenger to bring two personal items, two carry-on bags, and two checked bags for free. When you leave from Penn Station’s Moynihan Train Hall in New York, you can check a bag at the Amtrak customer service desk near the platforms.

    • Trains from New York arrive at two stations in Boston: Back Bay Station and South Station. The best train station to arrive at in Boston depends on where you’re heading after your train trip. If you’re going to Fenway Park for a baseball game or Newbury Street for shopping, choose a train ticket arriving at Back Bay Station, which is closer to these spots. South Station is the better station to choose if you need to connect to Logan Airport via public transit, or if you’re staying in downtown Boston, the Seaport, or the Financial District.

    • All Amtrak trains from New York to Boston offer free WiFi, power outlets, and restrooms in every car. If you upgrade to Business Class, you’ll enjoy a wide, comfy seat with extra legroom and a free non-alcoholic beverage. First Class seats on Acela trains are even more luxurious, with lumbar support and adjustable headrests. First Class passengers can access the First Class lounge in Moynihan Train Hall and receive a complimentary meal and beverage service onboard the train.

    • The New York to Boston train schedule includes 7 Amtrak Acela departures and 9 Amtrak Northeast Regional departures per day. Trains leave New York every few hours between 2:00am and 7:00pm, and trains on this route are usually the most crowded on Thursdays.

NYC - Boston Amtrak Timetable

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Train Trip Information: New York to Boston

There are usually 21 daily train trips available from New York to Boston. Traveling by train from New York to Boston usually takes 4 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 3 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance190 mi (306 km)
Fastest train3h 33m
Lowest price$20.00
Trains per day37
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from New York to Boston

(Based on 273 ratings and reviews)




September 24, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Highly recommend to order trips through Wanderu



September 23, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Pleasant. Cons: Nothing.



September 18, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: see above - especially the bargain price ($20). Cons: the announcements at each stop - super loud and repeated multiple times!! With so many stops on this regional train, it made it difficult to relax or read or catch up on emails. :). I know it's important to communicate .... but.... :) :). thank you - the trip was a bargain!!



September 16, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Scenic. Comfortable. Cons: Seat reservations. Better information re timing.



September 11, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

On time and efficient

New York to Boston Route Map

New York Boston

What is a cheap ticket price for trains from New York to Boston?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from New York to Boston was $107.09. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 29 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $60.88 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from New York to Boston will cost between $71 and $173. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during August. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from New York to Boston, with the average price at just $108. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to $148. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from New York to Boston, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $60.88 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which trains can you take from NY to Boston?

Amtrak service from New York City to Boston consists of the Northeast Regional train and the Acela train. The Northeast Regional is more affordable but slower, while the Acela is pricier but faster. Between the two, the Northeast Regional is the more popular option for most travelers, with 10 scheduled trips per day.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak38h 7m$140.00
Amtrak Acela83h 46m$195.66
Amtrak Northeast Regional104h 30m$78.46
  • 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 New York to Boston every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $76.

  • 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 New York to Boston 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 New York to Boston, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 primary advantage of Acela is that it is faster than Amtrak's Northeast Regional train. In most cases, choosing the Acela will mean that you save 40 minutes to an hour on your one-way trip from NY to Boston. However, Acela tickets cost roughly $50 more than Northeast Regional tickets for any given travel date.

Whether the Acela is worth it will mostly depend on how much of a hurry you are in. There are some other benefits to the Acela, such as faster WiFi, larger tables, and a special cafe car.

Depending on whether you take the Amtrak Northeast Regional or the high-speed Acela train, the trip takes around 3.5 to 4.5 hours. With several additional stops in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the Northeast Regional can take up to an hour longer than the Acela to complete the 190-mile journey from New York to Boston.

Friday is the busiest travel day for trains as people head from New York to Boston for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, 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 Boston, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The earliest train departs New York at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 21 scheduled trains on most days. 37 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to New York.

City Information

New York


Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, the concrete jungle – it's New York City, and it's a world all its own. Get ready to experience a whirlwind of culture, cuisine, and iconic landmarks that'll leave you awe-struck and energized.

Start your adventure in Times Square, where neon lights, bustling crowds, and Broadway vibes set the stage for the city's electric energy. Whether you're catching a show, people-watching, or simply soaking in the vibrant atmosphere, Times Square is a New York experience you won't forget.

New York City's culinary scene is a global journey on a plate. From savoring a slice of classic New York-style pizza to indulging in gourmet cuisine from every corner of the world, your taste buds are in for a tantalizing treat.

No trip to NYC is complete without paying homage to Lady Liberty herself. Hop on a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where history and freedom intertwine in a powerful way.

Explore Central Park, a sprawling oasis that offers a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. Whether you're strolling along tree-lined paths, rowing on the lake, or simply people-watching, Central Park is a haven of relaxation and recreation.

The iconic yellow taxis and the efficient subway system ensure you'll be zipping from one neighborhood to another in no time. Transport hubs like John F. Kennedy International Airport, Port Authority, Grand Central, and Penn Station make getting to - and away from - the city breeze. Slip away from the hustle and bustle with a trip to the Hamptons or take a train to Syracuse to check out the Finger Lakes.

New York City's blend of iconic landmarks, cultural diversity, and fast-paced excitement creates an atmosphere that's as thrilling as a Broadway opening night. Whether you're admiring the skyline from the top of the Empire State Building, shopping along Fifth Avenue, or simply absorbing the city's vibrant street life, NYC promises an adventure that's as grand as its reputation.


Welcome to Boston – a city where history meets modernity, where lobster rolls are a way of life, and where sports fandom is practically a religion. Get ready to explore a city that's as charming as its cobblestone streets and as diverse as its neighborhoods.

Start your adventure in the heart of downtown, where historic landmarks like Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market blend seamlessly with trendy shops and bustling cafes. It's the perfect spot to grab a coffee, people-watch, and soak in the city's dynamic atmosphere.

Boston's rich history is on full display along the Freedom Trail, a red-brick path that leads you through the city's revolutionary past. From Paul Revere's House to the USS Constitution, you'll step back in time as you stroll through history.

But Boston isn't just about history – it's also a hub of culture and innovation. Explore the Museum of Science, catch a show in the Theater District, or immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of the South End.

Foodies, rejoice! Boston's culinary scene offers everything from traditional clam chowder to gourmet cuisine. And if you're a seafood lover, a lobster feast is an absolute must.

Major transport hubs like South Station and Boston Logan International Airport make transportatrion a breeze, and once you're in town, the city's efficient public transportation system ensures you can explore every corner with ease.

Boston's blend of history, culture, and vibrant energy creates an atmosphere that's as welcoming as a friendly chat over a cup of chowder. Whether you're cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park, walking the iconic Charles River Esplanade, or simply savoring the city's unique charm, Boston promises an adventure that's as timeless as it is exciting.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

Main departure 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

  • 329 Avenue St-Denis

  • Gare Centrale

  • 100 Middlesex Essex Tpke

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main arrival station: Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Boston receives travelers from New York at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Boston:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

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