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Reading - Washington DC Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 8 daily train trips between Reading and Washington DC. The average train journey from Reading to Washington DC takes 7 hours and 2 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 4 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance115 mi (185 km)
Fastest train4h 33m
Lowest price$40.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Reading to Washington DC?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Reading to Washington was $62.67. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 21 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $73.92 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during January. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Reading to Washington DC, with the average price at just $89. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in July, when the average price goes up to $111. 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

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Reading to Washington. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 21 days before departure, you can save around $73.92. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Reading to Washington DC?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Reading to Washington. However, there are 8 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak87h 3m$103.73
  • 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 8 Amtrak trains from Reading to Washington every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $40.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Reading to Washington DC, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

The distance between Reading and Washington DC is approximately 115 miles, or 185 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 33 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.

Trains from Reading to Washington DC are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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.

The earliest train departs Reading at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 8 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to Reading.

City Information

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 Reading?

Main departure station: BARTA Transportation Center

There is one train station in Reading.

All train stations in Reading:

  • BARTA Transportation Center

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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