The cheapest trains from Boston to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for Sep 24

Cheapest

$143

Average

$316

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Boston to Washington, DC will cost around $ 316 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 143.

Cheapest
09:30PMSouth Station9h00 06:30AMUnion Station
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$1431One-way
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09:36PMBack Bay Station, MA8h54 06:30AMUnion Station
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$1431One-way
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06:15AMBack Bay Station, MA7h46 02:01PMUnion Station
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$2341One-way
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05:35PMSouth Station8h23 01:58AMUnion Station
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$2341One-way
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05:40PMBack Bay Station, MA8h18 01:58AMUnion Station
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$2341One-way

Timetable Boston to Washington, DC

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06:00AMSouth Station6h58 12:58PMUnion Station
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06:00AMSouth Station8h33 02:33PMUnion Station
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06:06AMBack Bay Station, MA8h27 02:33PMUnion Station
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06:06AMBack Bay Station, MA6h52 12:58PMUnion Station
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06:10AMSouth Station7h51 02:01PMUnion Station
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06:15AMBack Bay Station, MA7h46 02:01PMUnion Station
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07:15AMSouth Station6h51 02:06PMUnion Station
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07:20AMBack Bay Station, MA6h46 02:06PMUnion Station
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08:15AMSouth Station8h04 04:19PMUnion Station
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08:21AMBack Bay Station, MA7h58 04:19PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station9h36 06:46PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station6h53 04:03PMUnion Station
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09:10AMSouth Station8h53 06:03PMUnion 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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09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA6h48 04:03PMUnion Station
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09:20AMSouth Station8h01 05:21PMUnion Station
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09:26AMBack Bay Station, MA7h55 05:21PMUnion Station
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11:05AMSouth Station6h55 06:00PMUnion Station
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11:10AMSouth Station8h03 07:13PMUnion Station
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11:11AMBack Bay Station, MA6h49 06:00PMUnion Station
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11:16AMBack Bay Station, MA7h57 07:13PMUnion Station
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01:50PMSouth Station8h05 09:55PMUnion Station
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01:56PMBack Bay Station, MA7h59 09:55PMUnion Station
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02:00PMSouth Station6h55 08:55PMUnion Station
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02:06PMBack Bay Station, MA6h49 08:55PMUnion Station
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03:20PMSouth Station7h59 11:19PMUnion Station
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03:26PMBack Bay Station, MA7h53 11:19PMUnion 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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05:35PMSouth Station8h23 01:58AMUnion Station
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05:40PMBack Bay Station, MA8h18 01:58AMUnion Station
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09:30PMSouth Station9h00 06:30AMUnion Station
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09:36PMBack Bay Station, MA8h54 06:30AMUnion Station
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The fastest trains from Boston to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for Sep 24

Fastest Journey

6 h 46 m

Average

7 h 49 m

Trains per day

34

Distance

634 km

Of the 34 trains that leave Boston for Washington, DC every day 28 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 49 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 6 h 46 m .

The slowest trains will take 9 h 36 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
07:20AMBack Bay Station, MA6h46 02:06PMUnion Station
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$3101One-way
2nd Fastest
09:15AMBack Bay Station, MA6h48 04:03PMUnion Station
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$3551One-way
02:06PMBack Bay Station, MA6h49 08:55PMUnion Station
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$3551One-way
11:11AMBack Bay Station, MA6h49 06:00PMUnion Station
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$3781One-way
04:20PMBack Bay Station, MA6h51 11:11PMUnion Station
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$3781One-way

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Train Information to Washington, DC from Boston

distanceDistance393 miles (634 km)
durationAverage train duration7 h 51 min
priceAverage train ticket price$55 (€44)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Boston to Washington, DC cover the 393 miles (634 km) long journey taking on average 7 h 51 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 $38 (€30), but the average price of train tickets is $55 (€44).

Train companies

Amtrak between Boston and Washington, DC

Buy your official Amtrak train tickets from Boston to Washington, DC from $38 (€30) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable trip.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak trains running daily, you can travel by train across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela train for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your train journey from Boston to Washington, DC, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

    Amtrak's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train between Boston and Washington, DC are the following:

    • 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.

    Travel Tips

    Trains from Boston to Washington, DC
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    FAQs
    How much does a cheap train between Boston and Washington, DC cost?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Boston to Washington, DC trains for as little as $38 (€30)  in the next 7 days.
    What is the cost of a train between Boston and Washington, DC?
    The Boston to Washington, DC train ticket price is on average $55 (€44)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next week.
    How many miles is it from Boston to 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?
    On average the Boston to Washington, DC train time is 7 h 51 min  covering the 393 miles (634 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
    What train companies go from Boston to Washington, DC?
    For the best Boston to Washington, DC train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Amtrak or Amtrak. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Boston to Washington, DC to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Is there a direct train from Boston to Washington, DC?
    Yes, there are 12 direct trains between Boston and Washington, DC per day with Amtrak or Amtrak  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time traveling to your destination.
    How many train services are there from Boston to Washington, DC a day?
    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 time is the earliest train from Boston to Washington, DC? What time is the last train from Boston to Washington, DC?
    The earliest train departing from Boston to Washington, DC leaves at 10: 15 AM. The last train departing from Boston to Washington, DC leaves at 9: 40 PM. You can find the latest Boston to Washington, DC train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
    How far in advance should I book a train ticket from Boston to Washington, DC to get the best deals?
    The price of a one way train ticket from Boston to Washington, DC is on average $55 (€44) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets from Boston to Washington, DC available a few months in advance.