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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 day6
Train lines5

Richmond to Washington DC Route Map

Richmond Washington

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 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

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, $23.16 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $23.33 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 32 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 Thursday. 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 6 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Washington DC. 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 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 $28.00.

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 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 35m$40.18
Amtrak Carolinian12h 18m$35.97
Amtrak Northeast Regional42h 33m$27.08
Amtrak Palmetto12h 28m$31.33
Amtrak Silver Service12h 30m$39.53

Amtrak train tickets from Richmond to Washington DC start from $22, and on average cost $40. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Washington. Amtrak in Richmond leaves from 1500 E Main St, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Richmond to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $42 for a one-way weekend reservation from Richmond.

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Richmond to Washington DC start from $22, and on average cost $36. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Washington. Amtrak Carolinian in Richmond leaves from 7519 Staples Mill Rd, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Richmond to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 2 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $37 for a one-way weekend reservation from Richmond.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Richmond to Washington DC start from $22, and on average cost $27. Daily there are 4 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Washington. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Richmond leaves from 7519 Staples Mill Rd and one other station. And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Richmond to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 2 hours and 33 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 16 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $30 for a one-way train ticket to Washington.

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Richmond to Washington DC start from $22, and on average cost $31. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Washington. Amtrak Palmetto in Richmond leaves from 7519 Staples Mill Rd, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Richmond to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 2 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $38 for a one-way weekend reservation from Richmond.

Amtrak Silver Service train tickets from Richmond to Washington DC start from $22, and on average cost $40. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Silver Service schedules to Washington. Amtrak Silver Service in Richmond leaves from 7519 Staples Mill Rd, And in Washington trains arrive at Union Station, From Richmond to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Silver Service takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington faster, Amtrak Silver Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Washington on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Silver Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost $42 for a one-way weekend reservation from Richmond.

Price trends for trains from Richmond to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

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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)

5.0

5.0

Spencer

May 10, 2020 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Palmetto

Pros: Smooth, and comfy. Easy to locate the station as well. Cons: Not much. Tips: Enjoy! Pros: Smooth, and comfy. Easy to locate the station as well. Cons: Not much. Tips: Enjoy!

5.0

Jonathan

December 5, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

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5.0

Linda

September 13, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The ease of travel not having to drive an jus relax. Cons: Nothing at this time. Tips: Stay focused an help keep our trains clean as possible. Pros: The ease of travel not having to drive an jus relax. Cons: Nothing at this time. Tips: Stay focused an help keep our trains clean as possible.

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