Train schedule from Boston to Washington, DC

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05:05AMSouth Station6h46 11:51AMUnion Station
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05:10AMBack Bay Station, MA6h41 11:51AMUnion Station
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06:10AMSouth Station7h55 02:05PMUnion Station
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06:15AMBack Bay Station, MA7h50 02:05PMUnion Station
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07:15AMSouth Station6h47 02:02PMUnion Station
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07:20AMBack Bay Station, MA6h42 02:02PMUnion Station
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08:15AMSouth Station8h06 04:21PMUnion Station
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08:21AMBack Bay Station, MA8h00 04:21PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station8h55 06:05PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station6h50 04:00PMUnion Station
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09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA6h45 04:00PMUnion Station
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09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA8h50 06:05PMUnion Station
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09:20AMSouth Station8h03 05:23PMUnion Station
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09:26AMBack Bay Station, MA7h57 05:23PMUnion Station
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11:05AMSouth Station6h57 06:02PMUnion Station
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11:10AMSouth Station8h05 07:15PMUnion Station
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11:11AMBack Bay Station, MA6h51 06:02PMUnion Station
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11:16AMBack Bay Station, MA7h59 07:15PMUnion Station
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12:10PMSouth Station6h53 07:03PMUnion Station
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12:15PMBack Bay Station, MA6h48 07:03PMUnion Station
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01:50PMSouth Station8h16 10:06PMUnion Station
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01:56PMBack Bay Station, MA8h10 10:06PMUnion Station
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02:00PMSouth Station7h02 09:02PMUnion Station
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02:06PMBack Bay Station, MA6h56 09:02PMUnion Station
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03:20PMSouth Station7h56 11:16PMUnion Station
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03:26PMBack Bay Station, MA7h50 11:16PMUnion Station
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04:15PMSouth Station6h56 11:11PMUnion Station
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04:20PMBack Bay Station, MA6h51 11:11PMUnion Station
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Wed
Jan 26
$105Amtrak
$44Flixbus
$109United
Thu
Jan 27
$65Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$67American Airlines
Fri
Jan 28
$143Amtrak
$39Flixbus
$94American Airlines
Sat
Jan 29
$117Amtrak
$39Flixbus
$94American Airlines
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Jan 30
$143Amtrak
$34Flixbus
$94American Airlines
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Jan 31
$51Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$58American Airlines
Tue
Feb 1
$39Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$42American Airlines
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Feb 2
$65Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$68American Airlines
Fri
Feb 4
$65Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$42American Airlines
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Feb 5
$52Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$58American Airlines
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Feb 6
$65Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$58American Airlines
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Feb 7
$39Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$42American Airlines
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Feb 8
$39Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$58American Airlines
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Feb 10
$39Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$41American Airlines
Fri
Feb 11
$65Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$58American Airlines
Sat
Feb 12
$39Amtrak
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$42American Airlines
Sun
Feb 13
$66Amtrak
$29Flixbus
$42American Airlines

Fastest train times from Boston to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for Jan 26

Fastest Journey

6 h 41 m

Average

7 h 29 m

Trains per day

28

Distance

634 km

Of the 28 trains that leave Boston for Washington, DC every day 26 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 634 km distance in an average of 7 h 29 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 6 h 41 m .

The slowest trains will take 8 h 55 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
05:10AMBack Bay Station, MA6h41 11:51AMUnion Station
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$1851One-way
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07:20AMBack Bay Station, MA6h42 02:02PMUnion Station
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$1851One-way
09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA6h45 04:00PMUnion Station
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$1851One-way
05:05AMSouth Station6h46 11:51AMUnion Station
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07:15AMSouth Station6h47 02:02PMUnion Station
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Overview: Train from Boston to Washington, DC

distanceDistance393 miles (634 km)
durationAverage train duration7 h 50 min
priceAverage train ticket price$104 (€87)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Boston to Washington, DC cover the 393 miles (634 km) long route taking on average 7 h 50 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $51 (€43), but the average price of train tickets is $104 (€87).

Train companies: Amtrak from Boston to Washington, DC trains

You can travel by train from Boston to Washington, DC with Amtrak for as low as $51 (€43). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between Boston and Washington, DC.

  • Average Price: $51

These are Amtrak's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train to Washington, DC from Boston:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

Trains from Boston to Washington

Trains from Boston to Washington are Amtrak’s Acela Express service. These trains travel at an average of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), with a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). The frequency of Acela Express trains is every 30min from Boston to New York, and about two hours between Washington and Boston. The distance from Boston to Washington is 394 miles (634 km), and the fastest time for this train trip is 5h but on average the train takes 8h 54min.

Boston to Washington Train Time: Daily Departures

The daily departures for trains from Boston to Washington DC are as follows: The Amtrak Acela Express departs at 08.26 a.m., arriving in Washington DC at 12.59 p.m. The Northeast Regional leaves Boston South Station every morning around 06.30 a.m. and arrives in Washington by 11.46 a.m. The first train leaves Boston around 08.05 a.m., but arrives in Washington at 13.37 p.m., so not the fastest option if you have to be on time. The last train leaves at 01.50 p.m., and arrives in Washington at 07.01 a.m.

How long is the journey by train from Boston to Washington?

The journey from Boston to Washington is 394 miles (634 km), takes on average about 8h 54min (or just under 9h) by train, from the time you leave in the morning until your arrival at night. The journey can take up to ten or eleven hours if there are delays because of a break down, for example. When travelling by train, there are stops in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Newark between Boston and Washington. These stops may lead to delays and , as such, it is best to leave plenty of time.

Boston Sunset. Source: Shutterstock

What is/are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Boston to Washington.

Departure train station: The main departure station for trains from Boston to Washington is Back Bay Station. This station is a historic landmark and is located on the corner of Dartmouth Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. From the city center, it takes about 15min on foot to reach the station. However, you can use the metro to get there, which will take about 5min. Some notable facilities available are ATMs, a cafe, and tourist information. The station also offers a range of services, including public restrooms and phone booths.

Arrival train station: The main arrival station for the Amtrak Acela Express train coming from Boston to Washington DC, is Union Station in D.C., but there are also other stations that it stops at on its way including Philadelphia 30th Street and Baltimore Penn Station.Union Station in DC, located on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and First Street NE. To get to the station by car it takes approximately 13min, but if you are using public transport it will take you about 15min. For those coming from the airport, this journey is 22min a distance of about 1.8 miles (3 km). Some notable facilities are ATMs, a cafe and tourist information. If you need to spend some time here there are public restrooms available too. You can also take advantage of phone booths and a waiting area.

Which train companies travel from Boston to Washington?

The main train company that travels from Boston to Washington is Amtrak. Amtrak stands out for a few reasons. One, they are the only provider of high-speed trains in the country and their Acela Express train has an average speed of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). Two, there is no need to change trains when travelling from Boston to Washington as Amtrak is more like one big network that covers every inch of the country. Three, there are five trains available from Boston to Washington every day with one being a high-speed Acela Express train and four being Northeast Regional trains.

Amtrak trains from Boston to Washington

Amtrak offers five trains from Boston to Washington every day. These are the Acela Express, Northeast Regional and four other Amtrak services that do not have a high-speed option (called Regionals). The last train leaves at 01.50 p.m., and arrives in Washington at 07.01 a.m., so not the fastest option if you have to be on time. The first train leaves at 09.30 a.m., arriving in Washington at 01.12 p.m.

The Acela Express is Amtrak's high-speed service and it travels up to 150 mph (240 km/h), which means that you can arrive about an hour sooner in Washington. It is the most expensive option, however, and there are only two trains that run on this route each day. Depending on the train type, there may be stops for trains from Boston to Washington, and these can cause delays.

There are five stops in the journey including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Newark. The distance and time spent at each stop varies according to the train you take. For example, a stop in New York can increase your journey by 60min while a stop in Newark would increase your trip by 120min.

Boston Spring. Source: Shutterstock

Train Boston to Washington: Services on Board

Trains from Boston to Washington boast a number of onboard services for passengers. One of the more prominent services is food and drink, which ranges from snacks to a three-course meal service depending on what train you are travelling with. On Amtrak Express trains, these will be available during morning and evening hours only as they do not stop at any stations in between Boston and Washington for meals.

There is also Wi-Fi available on board trains for those who want to stay connected. Mobile devices are also welcome, and there is a charging station available too. If you need to disembark the train then strollers should be left with staff in the area they can be found or at your seat prior to exit. Stairs may not always lead directly from one platform level to another, so be prepared for an extra climb.

Amtrak encourages customers to bring pets and bikes on board. It is a good idea to bring your own pet carrier or pet crate, and you are also responsible for taking care of all the costs related to them. For pets in pet carriers, there is a limit of two dogs or cats per passenger at any time. Pets in a carriage must be able to stand up and turn around without touching the front of the enclosure.

How to find cheap train tickets from Boston to Washington

There are a number of ways you can use to get cheap train tickets from Boston to Washington. One of the best ways is to book in advance and make sure that you are checking for any discounts or deals on offer before buying your tickets. Rates can get quite pricey as trains from Boston to Washington are not the cheapest option out there. By booking through Omio, you get the chance to browse through all available trains and choose one that suits your budget and timing.

Boston to Washington by train—travel tips

For visitors, Washington stands out as a city that has something for everyone. You can enjoy historic monuments from the nation's founding fathers, walk along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House or visit one of the Smithsonian museums.

Other notable attractions include the National Archives and Library of Congress. The Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum is also a must-see attraction for visitors with its displays on aviation technology from around the world.

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FAQs

How much do cheap trains to Washington, DC from Boston cost?

Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Washington, DC from Boston for as low as $51 (€43)  for the next 7 days.

How much does it cost to take a train between Boston and Washington, DC?

If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Boston to Washington, DC train price to come in at an average of $104 (€87)  one way.

What is the distance between Boston and Washington, DC by train?

The train distance from Boston to Washington, DC is around 393 miles (634 km).

How long is a train to Washington, DC from Boston on average?

The Boston to Washington, DC train duration is on average 7 h 50 min, which is to be expected when traveling 393 miles (634 km) to Washington, DC from Boston. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

Which train companies can take me between Boston and Washington, DC?

When taking a train from Boston to Washington, DC, you can count on Amtrak or Amtrak for the best way to get you to Washington, DC. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between Boston and Washington, DC and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

How many train services per day are there from Boston to Washington, DC?

On average, there are 12 trains a day from Boston to Washington, DC. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

What are the first and last departure train times from Boston to Washington, DC?

You can take the earliest train from Boston to Washington, DC at 11: 15 AM   or take the last train from Boston to Washington, DC leaving at 10: 45 PM. Look for the latest Boston to Washington, DC train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.

How early should I purchase Boston to Washington, DC train tickets to get the best deals?

If you book a train ticket from Boston to Washington, DC within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $104 (€87) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Washington, DC from Boston are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.