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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Richmond to Washington DC?

Lowest Price$22.00
Fastest Train2h 16m
Trains Per Day8
Train Lines5

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Amtrak go to DC from Richmond?

Yes, there are several Amtrak trains that go from Richmond to Washington DC, all offering amenities such as free WiFi, restrooms, A/C, snacks, and power outlets:

  • The Amtrak Northeast Regional offers at least six daily trips. Tickets cost about $34, and the trip takes around 2.5 hours.

  • The Amtrak Carolinian offers at least one daily trip. Tickets cost about $56, and the trip takes a little over 2 hours.

  • The Amtrak Palmetto offers at least one daily trip. Tickets cost about $42, and the trip takes around 2.5 hours.

  • The Amtrak Silver Service offers at least one daily trip. Tickets cost about $46, and the trip takes around 2.5 hours.

What train station do you arrive at in Washington DC?

Trains on this route arrive into Union Station in Washington DC. This station is located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, which is right in the heart of the city.

One of Washington’s most historic and busiest stations, Union Station receives about 40 million visits every year, and is home to 18 platforms. Inside the station you will find a food court, shops and stores, waiting areas and more. Union Station also has a 24-hour parking garage.

What is the earliest departure from Richmond to Washington?

The earliest train departing from Richmond to DC leaves at 4 a.m. Amtrak recommends you arrive 30 to 45 minutes prior to when your train is scheduled to depart. However, since this is the earliest departure of the day, the station will not be as busy as it is as other times.

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond to Washington right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Richmond to Washington DC?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Richmond to Washington DC. 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from Richmond to Washington DC?

In the last month, $22.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC. 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.73 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Richmond to Washington DC?

The distance between Richmond and Washington DC is approximately 97 miles, or 156 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 16 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Richmond to Washington DC are the most crowded on Monday. 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.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Richmond at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Richmond to Washington DC?

There are 8 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Richmond to Washington DC.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to Richmond. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Richmond to Washington DC for $18.00.

Which train should you take from Richmond to Washington DC?

There are 5 train lines with service from Richmond, Virginia to Washington, District of Columbia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 5 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 9m$23.58
Amtrak Carolinian12h 18m$22.92
Amtrak Northeast Regional52h 34m$23.07
Amtrak Palmetto12h 28m$22.99
Amtrak Silver Service12h 30m$23.47

Where is the train station in Richmond?

There are two stations in Richmond where you can board the train to Washington DC:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd
  • 1500 E Main St

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

Washington DC has one train station:

  • Union Station

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC
Based on 8 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 5, 2019Vacation
September 13, 2019Solo travel
The ease of travel not having to drive an jus relax
Nothing at this time
Stay focused an help keep our trains clean as possible.

Based on 2 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
May 10, 2020Visiting friends
Smooth, and comfy. Easy to locate the station as well
Not much

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