Boston to Washington, DC train

Cheap train tickets from Boston to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for Nov 29

Cheapest

139

Average

274

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Boston to Washington, DC is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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09:30PMSouth Station9h30 07:00AMUnion Station
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1391One-way
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09:36PMBack Bay Station, MA9h24 07:00AMUnion Station
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1391One-way
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10:26AMBack Bay Station, MA8h08 06:34PMUnion Station
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10:20AMSouth Station8h14 06:34PMUnion Station
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1391One-way
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03:20PMSouth Station7h55 11:15PMUnion Station
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1661One-way

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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06:00AMSouth Station6h45 12:45PMUnion Station
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06:00AMSouth Station8h35 02:35PMUnion Station
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06:06AMBack Bay Station, MA8h29 02:35PMUnion Station
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06:06AMBack Bay Station, MA6h39 12:45PMUnion 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 Station6h40 01:55PMUnion Station
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07:20AMBack Bay Station, MA6h35 01:55PMUnion Station
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08:15AMSouth Station8h02 04:17PMUnion Station
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08:21AMBack Bay Station, MA7h56 04:17PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station8h53 06:03PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station9h36 06:46PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station6h46 03:56PMUnion Station
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09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA6h41 03:56PMUnion Station
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09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA9h31 06:46PMUnion Station
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09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA8h48 06:03PMUnion 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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10:20AMSouth Station8h14 06:34PMUnion Station
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10:26AMBack Bay Station, MA8h08 06:34PMUnion Station
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11:05AMSouth Station6h49 05:54PMUnion Station
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11:10AMSouth Station8h00 07:10PMUnion Station
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11:11AMBack Bay Station, MA6h43 05:54PMUnion Station
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11:16AMBack Bay Station, MA7h54 07:10PMUnion Station
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12:10PMSouth Station6h43 06:53PMUnion Station
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12:15PMBack Bay Station, MA6h38 06:53PMUnion Station
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01:05PMSouth Station6h50 07:55PMUnion Station
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01:11PMBack Bay Station, MA6h44 07:55PMUnion Station
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01:50PMSouth Station8h07 09:57PMUnion Station
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01:56PMBack Bay Station, MA8h01 09:57PMUnion Station
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02:00PMSouth Station6h57 08:57PMUnion Station
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02:06PMBack Bay Station, MA6h51 08:57PMUnion Station
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03:20PMSouth Station7h55 11:15PMUnion Station
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03:26PMBack Bay Station, MA7h49 11:15PMUnion Station
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04:15PMSouth Station6h52 11:07PMUnion Station
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04:20PMBack Bay Station, MA6h47 11:07PMUnion Station
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09:30PMSouth Station9h30 07:00AMUnion Station
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09:36PMBack Bay Station, MA9h24 07:00AMUnion Station
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Fastest train times from Boston to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for Nov 29

Fastest Journey

6 h 35 m

Average

7 h 39 m

Trains per day

40

Distance

634 km

Of the 40 trains that leave Boston for Washington, DC every day 34 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
07:20AMBack Bay Station, MA6h35 01:55PMUnion Station
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3611One-way
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12:15PMBack Bay Station, MA6h38 06:53PMUnion Station
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2421One-way
06:06AMBack Bay Station, MA6h39 12:45PMUnion Station
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3251One-way
07:15AMSouth Station6h40 01:55PMUnion Station
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3611One-way
09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA6h41 03:56PMUnion Station
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3251One-way

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Overview: Train from Boston to Washington, DC

distanceDistance393 miles (634 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price$70 (€64)
frequencyTrain frequency13 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 13 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Boston to Washington, DC cover the 393 miles (634 km) long route taking on average 6 h 52 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 13 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $41 (€37), but the average price of train tickets is $70 (€64).

Train providers: Amtrak and Amtrak Acela from Boston to Washington, DC trains

Find the best trains from Boston to Washington, DC with Omio's travel partners Amtrak and Amtrak Acela from $41 (€37). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

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Amtrak Acela

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.

Boston to Washington, DC train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 8 h 15 min
  • Average Price: $41
  • Amtrak frequency: 6 a day

Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed train service operating services along the Northeast Corridor, connecting major cities like Washington, D. C. Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Providence, and Boston. Acela trains are the fastest in the United States and can reach speeds up to 150 mph (250 km/h). When booking an Acela train to Washington, DC from Boston, you can choose between Business Class and First Class. Although each class offers different levels of services and accommodations, amenities in both classes include seat reservations, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, adjustable lighting at every seat, conference tables, large tray tables, and spacious and comfortable seats with extra legroom. Passengers can also purchase food and drinks on the train at Café Acela.

Boston to Washington, DC train information with Amtrak Acela:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 50 min
  • Amtrak Acela frequency: 7 a day

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.

Travel Tips: Trains from Boston to Washington, DC

Travel Tips: Travel by train to Washington, DC easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Boston to Washington, DC.
FAQs
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Boston to Washington, DC to cost as little as $41 (€37)  in the next 7 days.
The Boston to Washington, DC train ticket price is on average $70 (€64)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next week.
When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Boston and Washington, DC by train to be approximately 393 miles (634 km).
The train time from Boston to Washington, DC is on average 6 h 52 min  for the 393 miles (634 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Washington, DC from Boston by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
If you're looking for trains from Boston to Washington, DC, you can rely on Amtrak or Amtrak to get you to Washington, DC. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Boston to Washington, DC trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 13 direct trains per day from Boston to Washington, DC. You can look to travel with Amtrak or Amtrak  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.
On average, there are 13 trains a day from Boston to Washington, DC. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
You can take the first train from Boston to Washington, DC at 5: 05 AM. The last train from Boston to Washington, DC that you can take departs at 9: 30 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Boston to Washington, DC schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
If you purchase a train ticket from Boston to Washington, DC within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $70 (€64) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Boston to Washington, DC are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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