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Trip Summary

You can pick from 3 daily train trips between Norfolk and Boston. The average train journey from Norfolk to Boston takes 15 hours and 48 minutes, but some Amtrak Northeast Regional train trips are as short as 13 hours.

Distance471 mi (758 km)
Fastest train13h 0m
Lowest price$97.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Norfolk to Boston

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Sabrina

October 4, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The trip was comfortable, the bathroom was spacious enough, and the cafe was reasonably priced. Cons: The cafe person wasn’t very friendly though maybe it was just a bad day. Tips: Bring your own food, a pillow, and water.

5.0

Ram

August 5, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I arrive my destination on correct time. Cons: Please manage seat for single passenger separately. One person occupies both seats. Single seat should be single passenger. Tips: NA.

What is the price of a train ticket from Norfolk to Boston?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Norfolk and Boston cost $164.19, on average. Since this route covers a considerable distance, tickets are typically a bit pricier than most train fares. 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 $188.64 more.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Norfolk to Boston will range from $115 to $271. If you're planning to travel by train to Boston in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Norfolk you can find in the next 7 days is $139. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Norfolk to Boston often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in August when the average ticket price is only $155. If you're thinking of traveling from Norfolk to Boston during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $236 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Norfolk to Boston. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 28 days before departure, you can save around $188.64. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Norfolk to Boston?

2 train services operate from Norfolk to Boston. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak117h 55m$233.66
Amtrak Northeast Regional113h 25m$211.87
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Norfolk to Boston every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $107.

  • 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 1 daily train trips from Norfolk to Boston, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Norfolk to Boston. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

The distance between Norfolk and Boston is approximately 471 miles, or 758 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 15 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 hours,

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 Norfolk to Boston are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Norfolk at 5:00am 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 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 Norfolk.

City Information

Norfolk

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A trip to Norfolk, VA will take your breath away. Sail away from its shores and just let the wind take you to a place of calm and quiet where you can shed your worries.

There are so many things to do in and around the coastal city of Norfolk. Start off with its main historic landmark, the 400-year-old port that houses the most extensive naval base in the world. Other history-rich areas worth visiting include St. Paul's Episcopal Church and MacArthur Memorial.

If you crave some water adventures, remember that you can always sail, fish, swim, kayak, and cruise in Norfolk. You can also sign up for the Naval Base Tour or visit the Nauticus Museum and Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Finally, don't forget to spend a day or two at the beach to rejuvenate your soul.

Arts and entertainment, nightlife, and shopping are thriving in Norfolk, too. If you wish to enjoy some live performances, visit the Harrison Opera house. Nightlife is always at its best downtown, particularly at Baxter's or Scotty Quixx. If you plan to do some shopping, the Selden Market offers the most eclectic selections of all.

Walking is the best mode of transportation in Norfolk, but there's also the Tide, which is the city's light rail system that can take you to your destination faster. It runs a 7.5-mile-long route that covers pretty much the entire downtown area with its 11 stops. Both Amtrak train service and bus service from carriers like Greyhound and OurBus make Norfolk easy to travel to for your next trip.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Norfolk?

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Main departure station: Harbor Park Station

Trains to Norfolk stop at the Harbor Park Station, adjacent to the city's Minor League Baseball stadium, Harbor Park. Greyhound buses also stop at this location in Norfolk. The station is a modern, well-lit building with many windows and comfortable seating inside. There is plentiful parking on-site, but be aware that fees may apply when there are events at the stadium. Downtown Norfolk is only a mile away, and you can connect to the local Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) rail via its Harbor Park station in the same area.

All train stations in Norfolk:

  • Harbor Park Station

Where is the train station in Boston?

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Main arrival station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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