Alexandria to Roanoke train

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Alexandria - Roanoke Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Alexandria to Roanoke. The train trip from Alexandria to Roanoke is usually about 4 hours and 56 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can get you there in as little as 4 hours and 38 minutes.

Distance190 mi (306 km)
Fastest train4h 38m
Lowest price$25.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Alexandria to Roanoke

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)




June 18, 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

I was so happy



September 22, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: On time not too crowded,. Cons: Pillows for business class, roommates available for slightly increased cost, additional electronic signs showing what track your train was on.



June 25, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Everything. Cons: Maybe AC? Tips: Just bring headphones, and definitely stay in the quiet car if you’re doing solo travel.



February 24, 2022- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I love trains. Cons: More cities. Tips: Do it.



March 9, 2020- Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I didn’t have to drive. Tips: No.

What is the price of a train ticket from Alexandria to Roanoke?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Alexandria and Roanoke cost $31.45, on average. This price makes taking the train a budget-friendly option to get to Roanoke. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $27.88 more.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Alexandria to Roanoke will cost between $25 and $44. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during August. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Alexandria to Roanoke, with the average price at just $22. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in December, when the average price goes up to $47. 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 Alexandria to Roanoke, book online with Wanderu at least 28 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $27.88 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Alexandria to Roanoke?

Amtrak Northeast Regional is the one and only train line which connects Alexandria to Roanoke. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional34h 57m$38.43
  • 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 3 daily train trips from Alexandria to Roanoke, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Alexandria and Roanoke is approximately 190 miles, or 306 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 56 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 38 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 departing from Alexandria to Roanoke tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Alexandria at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Roanoke. 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 Roanoke to Alexandria.

City Information


Alexandria is a charming, historic city in Virginia, located just a few miles south of Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River. Alexandria's Old Town entrances visitors with its preserved brick sidewalks and 18th-century homes and buildings; you'll feel transported to the era of the city's founding in 1749. This quarter, especially along King Street, features boutiques, restaurants, and antique shops in quaint, intimate settings.

Thanks to its vicinity to the capital, Alexandria boasts a unique food scene with many high-class restaurants for you to enjoy. The most popular local establishments include The Warehouse, Chart House, and Chadwicks. You can even dine in Gadsby's Tavern, a favorite of some of the nation's founders in the 1780s, and learn more about early American life in the adjacent Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

Washington, D.C. and all its travel connections are only a water taxi away, but the city is also well-served by transportation options directly out of Alexandria. Intercity Amtrak routes regularly arrive at Alexandria Union Station, including the Northeast Regional, Silver Service, Crescent, Cardinal, and Carolinian. The two nearest airports to the city are the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Washington Dulles International Airport.


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The idyllic city of Roanoke sits against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's the site of the famous Appalachian Trail, George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, and Smith Mountain Lake. Fun and adventure are indeed the best things that Roanoke has to offer, especially if you start your visit at the iconic Roanoke Star, the largest man-made neon light that gets illuminated every night.

The Blue Ridge is one of Roanoke's major tourist attractions. Experience the Blue Ridge Day tour package to fully explore the area's history, heritage, culture, and entertainment. Make sure that your adventure includes The Crooked Road, Virginia Museum of Transportation, and Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, among others.

To enjoy Roanoke's nightlife, try doing the Downtown Roanoke Bar Crawl. That's how you get to enjoy exquisite craft beers from the city's finest breweries. If you want to shop, there's a wide selection of antiques and farmer's produce for sale in the Blue Ridge area.

Getting around Roanoke is easy with the Valley Metro bus line. This bus service covers not just the City of Roanoke but Vinton and Salem as well. There's also the Star Line Trolley that connects Downtown Roanoke and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. To travel to other exciting destinations, Amtrak trains and Jefferson Lines, OurBus, and Wanda Coach buses provide service to cities including Richmond, Atlanta, and New York.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Alexandria?

Main departure station: 110 Callahan Dr

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 7 stops and stations in Alexandria where you can board the train.

All train stations in Alexandria:

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • Harbor Park Station

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • Amtrak/VRE Station

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

Where is the train station in Roanoke?

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Main arrival station: 55 Norfolk Ave SW

The Roanoke Greyhound Station is right in the heart of the city- not too far from the Amtrak station. The bus stop itself is basically just a waiting room, but it does offer indoor seating and has a few vending machines if you want to stock up on snacks. For a more substantial meal, several restaurants and fast-food classics like McDonald's are within easy walking distance.

All train stations in Roanoke:

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

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