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The cheapest trains from New York City to Washington, DC

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Cheapest

$121

Average

$197

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 New York City to Washington, DC will cost around $ 197 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 121.

Cheapest
03:04PMPenn Station3h34 06:38PMUnion Station
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$1211One-way
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06:05PMPenn Station3h35 09:40PMUnion Station
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$1441One-way
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03:15PMPenn Station3h31 06:46PMUnion Station
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$1441One-way
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02:15PMPenn Station3h48 06:03PMUnion Station
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$1441One-way
2nd Cheapest
02:53AMPenn Station3h37 06:30AMUnion Station
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$1441One-way

Timetable New York City to Washington, DC

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02:53AMPenn Station3h37 06:30AMUnion Station
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06:02AMPenn Station3h31 09:33AMUnion Station
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07:17AMPenn Station3h29 10:46AMUnion Station
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08:00AMPenn Station3h01 11:01AMUnion Station
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09:05AMPenn Station3h33 12:38PMUnion Station
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10:03AMPenn Station3h03 01:06PMUnion Station
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11:02AMPenn Station3h33 02:35PMUnion Station
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11:05AMPenn Station3h25 02:30PMUnion Station
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12:00PMPenn Station3h01 03:01PMUnion Station
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12:50PMPenn Station3h22 04:12PMUnion Station
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01:17PMPenn Station3h23 04:40PMUnion Station
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02:05PMPenn Station3h31 05:36PMUnion Station
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02:15PMPenn Station3h48 06:03PMUnion Station
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03:00PMPenn Station3h05 06:05PMUnion Station
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03:04PMPenn Station3h34 06:38PMUnion Station
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03:15PMPenn Station3h31 06:46PMUnion Station
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06:05PMPenn Station3h35 09:40PMUnion Station
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07:01PMPenn Station3h30 10:31PMUnion Station
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09:05PMPenn Station3h35 12:40AMUnion Station
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Fri
Jun 18
$179Amtrak
$34OurBus
$259United
Sat
Jun 19
$121Amtrak
$29OurBus
$259United
Sun
Jun 20
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$26Flixbus
$259gojet airlines
Mon
Jun 21
$55Amtrak
$26Flixbus
$259gojet airlines
Tue
Jun 22
$55Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$259United
Wed
Jun 23
$55Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$259United
Thu
Jun 24
$55Amtrak
$19Flixbus
$259United
Fri
Jun 25
$78Amtrak
$31Flixbus
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Sat
Jun 26
$44Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$196American Airlines
Sun
Jun 27
$44Amtrak
$26Flixbus
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Mon
Jun 28
$77Amtrak
$26Flixbus
$196American Airlines
Tue
Jun 29
$44Amtrak
$19Flixbus
$196American Airlines
Wed
Jun 30
$44Amtrak
$19Flixbus
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Thu
Jul 1
$77Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$134American Airlines
Fri
Jul 2
$132Amtrak
$26Flixbus
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Sat
Jul 3
$33Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$134American Airlines
Sun
Jul 4
$43Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$134American Airlines
Mon
Jul 5
$77Amtrak
$32OurBus
$154American Airlines
Tue
Jul 6
$32Amtrak
$23Flixbus
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Wed
Jul 7
$32Amtrak
$19Flixbus
$134American Airlines
Thu
Jul 8
$33Amtrak
$23Flixbus
$134American Airlines

The fastest trains from New York City to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for Jun 19

Fastest Journey

3 h 1 m

Average

3 h 25 m

Trains per day

19

Distance

328 km

Of the 19 trains that leave New York City for Washington, DC every day 19 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 328 km distance in an average of 3 h 25 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 1 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 48 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
08:00AMPenn Station3h01 11:01AMUnion Station
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$2671One-way
Fastest
12:00PMPenn Station3h01 03:01PMUnion Station
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$2671One-way
2nd Fastest
10:03AMPenn Station3h03 01:06PMUnion Station
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$3101One-way
03:00PMPenn Station3h05 06:05PMUnion Station
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$2671One-way
12:50PMPenn Station3h22 04:12PMUnion Station
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$1791One-way

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Journey Summary

New York City to Washington, DC Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
4 hours 31 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $39
Trains depart from:New York City
Trains arrive in:Washington, DC
Distance:328 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

Trains from New York to Washington D.C.

The average journey time for a train from New York to Washington D.C.​ is 3 hours and 23 minutes. With the average coach service taking around four hours and 30 minutes, train travel is a faster and more comfortable way to reach the capital. It's impossible to beat the speed of the train on dry land; even the slowest train journey, which takes around 3 hours and 40 minutes, is still faster than driving by car, which is always over four hours. With an estimated 41 train journeys per day, there are plenty of options for anyone looking to travel from New York to Washington D.C. via train.

Which train companies travel from New York to Washington D.C.?

Amtrak train company provides the rail service from New York City to Washington D.C. Amtrak operates three services which run across the Northeastern Corridor from New York City to Washington D.C. - the Northeast Regional, the Acela Express and the Acela Nonstop service, launched in September 2019. The Northeast Regional is the slowest service Amtrak provides but it is also the cheapest. The Amtrak Acela Express reaches Washington D.C. from New York City significantly faster than the Northeast Regional and offers more spacious carriages for passengers. With working WiFi throughout the train, the Acela Express is the favored service for business travelers. Most recently, Amtrak added a third train from New York to Washington D.C. - the Acela Nonstop. Of the three, this is the most expensive and only departs once a day. This service frequently sells out in advance.

How long is the train ride from New York to Washington D.C.?

New York City is 225​ miles (362 kilometers) away from Washington D.C. On average, a train from New York to Washington D.C. takes 3 hours and 23 minutes to complete its journey. However, depending on which service travelers choose, the train can be significantly faster. The fastest train service from New York to Washington D.C. is the Acela Nonstop, which takes only 2 hours and 37 minutes​. However, there is only one Acela Nonstop service each day and standard seats usually sell out months in advance. Often, it is difficult and very expensive for passengers to buy last-minute tickets for this train. Most business travelers choose to take the Acela Express service. On average, the Acela Express train from New York to Washington D.C. takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. Amtrak's Northeast Regional train journey is the slowest but is also the least expensive. Travelers can expect an average journey of 3 hours and 30 minutes on a Northeast Regional train.

How many trains are there from New York to Washington D.C.?

Every day, there is an average of 41 trains from New York to Washington D.C. The first train departs shortly after 3:00 a.m. and the last train departs shortly after 10:00 p.m. If a passenger wishes to travel on the Acela Nonstop train from New York to Washington D.C., they have one option each day at around 6:30 a.m. Travelers who wish to take the Acela Express service can only depart between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., as this service only runs between these hours. The Northeast Regional train provides the most services from New York City to Washington D.C. and accounts for 27 trains each day, from 3:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. There are on average two Northeast Regional trains per hour and one Acela Express service.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from New York to Washington D.C.?

Departure station: trains on this route depart New York at New York Penn Station. New York Penn Station is only nine minutes from central Manhattan on the Subway line and is well-connected to the rest of New York City. New York Penn Station is accessible for travelers with limited mobility. Travelers with access needs or luggage can take elevators from the concourse to platforms. Amtrak advises all passengers to arrive at New York Penn Station 30 minutes before departure time. If passengers have requested any assistance, it is recommended that they arrive 45 minutes in advance of departure. In the station, travelers can grab last-minute refreshments from cafes and food outlets before their departure.

Arrival station: trains from New York arrive at Washington D.C. Union Station. Union Station is 10 minutes away from central Washington D.C. via the Red Metro line. For those looking to travel elsewhere in Washington D.C., there are good public transport links from the station throughout the city and its suburbs. Passengers with limited mobility will be able to navigate Union Station with ease, as there are elevators that connect different levels of the station.

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Trains from New York City to Washington, DC
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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train from New York City to Washington, DC?
Train tickets between New York City and Washington, DC for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $55 (€44)  one way in the next 7 days.
How much does it cost to take a train to Washington, DC from New York City?
The New York City to Washington, DC train ticket price is on average $68 (€54)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this route in the next week.
How far is New York City to Washington, DC by train?
The distance between New York City and Washington, DC by train is approximately 203 miles (328 km).
How long is a train to Washington, DC from New York City on average?
While the time it takes to travel 203 miles (328 km) between New York City and Washington, DC can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the New York City to Washington, DC train journey time is on average 3 h 25 min.
Can I buy a direct train from New York City to Washington, DC?
Yes, you can search for direct trains from New York City to Washington, DC on Omio with Amtrak or Amtrak, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
What are the first and last departure train times from New York City to Washington, DC?
You can take the first train from New York City to Washington, DC at 6: 53 AM. The last train from New York City to Washington, DC that you can take departs at 11: 40 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from New York City to Washington, DC schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How early should I buy New York City to Washington, DC train tickets to get the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you buy train tickets from New York City to Washington, DC within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $68 (€54) one way. To find the best prices for this trip, consider booking your train ticket from New York City to Washington, DC a few months in advance.

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