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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Richmond to Boston. Traveling by train from Richmond to Boston usually takes around 11 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 10 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance474 mi (763 km)
Fastest train10h 23m
Lowest price$35.00
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Richmond to Boston

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Rufat

April 23, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I sat in the cafe car and was in relative peace. Cons: I was a little annoyed with the behavior of some of the conductors calling the train “theirs”. Tips: Nope!

Pros: I sat in the cafe car and was in relative peace. Cons: I was a little annoyed with the behavior of some of the conductors calling the train “theirs”. Tips: Nope!

5.0

Esther

August 3, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Comfortable and Safe. Tips: More clean bathrooms.

Pros: Comfortable and Safe. Tips: More clean bathrooms.

5.0

Marla

June 17, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The comfort and care of the staff was welcoming and satisfying. Cons: A little more call out of each stop ahead of time.

Pros: The comfort and care of the staff was welcoming and satisfying. Cons: A little more call out of each stop ahead of time.

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

In the last month, $104.14 was the average price of a train ticket from Richmond to Boston. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. 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 $91.97 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$195$130$65MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Richmond to Boston will vary between $68 and $192. Planning a train trip to Boston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Richmond over the next 7 days is $92. 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

$150$120$90$60$30JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Richmond to Boston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $77 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Richmond to Boston in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $134 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

$200$160$120$80$403020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Boston from Richmond will be about $91.97 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Richmond to Boston?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional311h 7m$140.44
  • 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 Richmond to Boston, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond to Boston 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 Richmond to Boston?

The distance between Richmond and Boston is approximately 474 miles, or 763 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 10 hours and 23 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Richmond to Boston. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Richmond at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00am. 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 Boston?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 10 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 Richmond.

City Information

Richmond

As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles southeast of the city.

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 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 Richmond?

7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-0

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7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-1

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Main departure station: 7519 Staples Mill Rd

Located around 5 miles north of Richmond’s city center, the Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Road is Amtrak’s busiest transport hub in the Southeast Region. The station was built in 1975 to replace the downtown Main Street Station. It now serves as an important terminal for routes traveling up and down the American East. Passengers can venture north onboard the Northeast Regional service—Amtrak’s busiest route—to Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. Richmond’s Amtrak Station also offers several southward connections to vacation destinations along the East Coast in [South Carolina(/train-tickets/us-sc/), Georgia, and Florida. In addition, the GRTC bus service is available from the station for transport into downtown Richmond.

All train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main arrival station: Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Boston receives travelers from Richmond at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Boston:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

Need a return trip from Boston to Richmond?

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