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Richmond - Lynchburg Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Richmond to Lynchburg. The train trip from Richmond to Lynchburg is usually about 11 hours and 42 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 8 hours and 4 minutes.

Distance94 mi (151 km)
Fastest train8h 4m
Lowest price$56.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Richmond to Lynchburg?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Richmond to Lynchburg was $81.38. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 29 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $38.36 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Monthly avg. prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Richmond to Lynchburg, with the average price at just $87. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in August, when the average price goes up to $136. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

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By booking your train trip from Richmond to Lynchburg on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time, you can save about $38.36 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Richmond to Lynchburg?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak311h 42m$107.72
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Richmond to Lynchburg every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Richmond to Lynchburg. 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 Richmond and Lynchburg is approximately 94 miles, or 151 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 4 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.

Trains from Richmond to Lynchburg 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Richmond at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. 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. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Lynchburg 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.

Lynchburg

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg, VA is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor fun. Visit the Liberty Mountain Trail System for the best hikes in the city, or head to Blackwater Creek Natural Area for babbling brooks and waterfalls.

Lynchburg has its fair share of history, most of which is preserved in the Lynchburg Museum. Exhibits focus specifically on Lynchburg’s history through artifacts, antique photographs, and artwork. Other notable places include the Anne Spencer House & Garden, former home of poet Anne Spencer, and the Legacy Museum, with collections focused on African American history. Food-wise, local favorites include the Water Dog, Shakers Restaurant, and Skyline. While you’re in the area, take a walk around the vibrant downtown scene, complete with more restaurants, plenty of shops, and a thriving nightlife – which is no surprise given that Lynchburg is home to 5 different colleges and universities.

The city does have the Lynchburg Regional Airport, although it only offers commercial flights to Charlotte, NC. Luckily, if you’re traveling from anywhere else, you can easily get to Lynchburg via Greyhound and Amtrak, both of which have stations downtown. The most popular train routes to Lynchburg come from New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Chicago. Meanwhile, buses typically connect from New York, Baltimore, and Charlotte.

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 Lynchburg?

Main arrival station: 825 Kemper St

Lynchburg has one train station.

All train stations in Lynchburg:

  • 825 Kemper St

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