Trains from Alexandria to Roanoke

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Alexandria - Roanoke Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Alexandria to Roanoke. Traveling by train from Alexandria to Roanoke usually takes around 4 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 4 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance190 mi (306 km)
Fastest train4h 35m
Lowest price$13.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Alexandria to Roanoke

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)




February 24, 2022- Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

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

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.

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



May 30, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I loved being able to work or read or just relax. And I saved a ton of money instead of having fo rent a car and drive myself! Cons: A little more information, even if just signage was increased. I didnt know there may have been food available, and I was confused...

Pros: I loved being able to work or read or just relax. And I saved a ton of money instead of having fo rent a car and drive myself! Cons: A little more information, even if just signage was increased. I didnt know there may have been food available, and I was confused about which train was mine. Tips: I rode in coach and was super comfy! Make sure to get a window seat.


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

In the last month, $13.82 was the average price of a train ticket from Alexandria to Roanoke. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $25.38 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Alexandria to Roanoke will vary between $13 and $26. Planning a train trip to Roanoke within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Alexandria over the next 7 days is $15. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Alexandria to Roanoke by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for July. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $24 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Alexandria to Roanoke in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $40 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Roanoke from Alexandria will be about $25.38 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the 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 55m$22.54
  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

    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

Is it safe to travel by train from Alexandria to Roanoke 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.

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.

How long is the train journey from Alexandria to Roanoke?

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 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 35 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

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 Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

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.

Is there a direct train from Alexandria to Roanoke?

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 Station - 3516 South St

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • 200 Lafayette Blvd

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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