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Overview: Train from Raleigh to Washington, DC

distanceDistance233 miles (375 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h
priceAverage train ticket price$60 (€50)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Raleigh to Washington, DC cover the 233 miles (375 km) long journey taking on average 6 h with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $60 (€50), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $53 (€44).

Train companies: Amtrak from Raleigh to Washington, DC trains

You can travel by train between Raleigh and Washington, DC with Amtrak for as low as $53 (€44). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.

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 Raleigh to Washington, DC, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

  • Average Price: $53

Amtrak has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Amtrak tickets to Washington, DC from Raleigh and when traveling by train:

  • 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 Raleigh to Washington D.C.

There are daily trains running the route from Raleigh, NC to Washington D.C. There are departures twice a day in the mornings, operating on every day of the week. The trip or segment between these two cities is direct and can take from about 5h 53min to around 6h 18min. This depends on the type of Amtrak train route you choose to travel on.

Raleigh to Washington D.C. Train Time: Daily Departures

The trains from Raleigh to Washington D.C. depart twice a day, every day of the week. This adds up to a total of 14 journeys per week. The first departure of the day out of Raleigh is at around 8:45 a.m. on Amtrak’s Silver Meteor, and the last one tend to beat approximately 10:13 a.m. on Amtrak’s Carolinian. The faster route is generally the one departing at around 8:45 a.m.

How long is the journey by train from Raleigh to Washington D.C.?

The journey by train from Raleigh to Washington D.C. covers a distance of about 233 miles (375 km) through the states of North Carolina and Virginia and their beautiful sceneries. These trips take either about 5h 53min with the Amtrak Silver Meteor, or around 6h 18min with the Amtrak Carolinian. Both options are direct and don’t require passengers to change trains at any point before arriving in Washington D.C. The Silver Meteor option makes seven stops before Washington D.C., as opposed to the eight stops the Carolinian makes.

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

Departure train station: Both of the trains on this route depart from the Raleigh Union Station. This station is located near the Warehouse District of the center of Raleigh. Depending on what part you’re coming from within the city center, it can take less than a half an hour to get to the station by public transportation. The station has the 8, 13 and R-Line buses right out front. The Raleigh Union station is equipped with vending machines for snacks, drinks, an ATM and public restroom, along with a waiting room.

Arrival train station: The routes from Raleigh arrive at the Washington D.C. Union Station. Union Station is located a few blocks, less than about 1 mile (1.6 km), north of the United States Capitol Building in the East End District. Downtown Washington D.C is a little bit farther but easily accessible by public transportation in under 20min. Washington Union Station has a connecting line with the Red Metro Line and various public buses. The station has a shopping mall inside and offers a selection of restaurants, stores and other facilities, like a post office.

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Which train companies travel from Raleigh to Washington D.C.?

The main railway company operating the routes from Raleigh to Washington D.C. is Amtrak. Amtrak has two lines offering the segment from Raleigh to Washington D.C. without any necessary connections. The Amtrak Silver Meteor is a train that goes from Miami, FL to New York City, NY, stopping in both Raleigh and Washington D.C. along the way. The Carolinian rail is a train that travels between Charlotte, NC and New York City, NY, also stopping in both Raleigh and Washington D.C. The Raleigh to Washington D.C. segment runs twice a day, every day of the week. It takes about 5h 53min with the Silver Meteor and around 6h 18min on the Carolinian.

Amtrak trains from Raleigh to Washington D.C.

The Amtrak trains from Raleigh to Washington D.C. operate every day throughout the week. There are two per day making the journey. One of the trains is the Silver Meteor Line going from Miami to New York City, and the other is the Carolinian train going from Charlotte to New York City. The Silver Meteor route is slightly faster than the Carolinian. This train departs every day from Raleigh at around 8:45 a.m. and arrives in Washington D.C. at about 2:38 p.m. As for the Carolinian train, it departs daily from Raleigh at approximately 10:13 a.m. and arrives in Washington D.C. at around 4:31p.m. The fastest trip is about 5h 53min long.

Train Raleigh to Washington D.C.: Services on Board

If you book your trip through Omio on the Silver Meteor route, you will only have the choice of being seated in Coach Class. As for the Carolinian trains, you may choose between either Coach Class or Business Class. On both of the Amtrak trains, passengers are allowed two personal items and two carry-on bag. If you’re traveling on the Carolinian, you are also allowed two checked bags with your fare. Small cats and dogs are allowed on board with passengers as well. They must be in a pet carrier than cannot weigh over 20 lbs (9 kg), and counts as one of the carry-on items. Carry-on bicycle service is available traveling on the Carolinian Amtrak train. However, it requires a reservation and paying a fee. Silver Meteor trains have a checked bicycle service that also requires prior reservation. Both train stations have accessible platforms to allow transit by passengers with reduced mobility. On board there is accessible seat you may request, if you need the amenities.

How to find cheap train tickets from Raleigh to Washington D.C.?

Is this case, when traveling on one of the Amtrak trains operating the routes from Raleigh to Washington D.C., the Carolinian routes tend to be slightly more affordable. Something to always keep in mind when booking train ticket, is that prices are cheaper the sooner you buy them. Ticket fares tend to increase the closer it gets to the departure date. If possible, be flexible with your dates. It can be more affordable to ride on certain days of the week, as well as choosing the Carolinian over the Silver Meteor. There are only direct routes for the segment from Raleigh to Washington D.C. so it’s not possible to find options that may be more affordable with a stopover.

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To Washington D.C. by train—travel tips

Washington, D.C. is the United States capital city, home to the federal government as well as iconic cultural institutions like the Smithsonian. One of the great things to do when you’re in Washington D.C. is to walk the full length of the National Mall. Along the Mall you’ll find various important monuments and memorials such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial with its reflecting pool, and the World War II Memorial. In addition, this is also where the famous Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is located. At the east end of the Mall is the United States Capitol building. Just a few blocks away you can see the White House, home to the president of the United States. If you’re getting hungry and are looking for a trendy spot to eat, you can go to some great foodie neighborhoods like Adams Morgan or Shaw. Make your way to the Southwest Waterfront on the Potomac River, to enjoy some live music and buzzing energy. For those who have some extra time in Washington D.C., another great place to explore is Georgetown, just northwest of the center of the city. Georgetown is known for its shopping, dining and nightlife.

Travel Tips: Trains from Raleigh to Washington, DC

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FAQs

What is the price of the cheapest train from Raleigh to Washington, DC?

Train tickets between Raleigh and Washington, DC for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $53 (€44)  one way in the next 7 days.

How much is the train between Raleigh and Washington, DC on average?

The train price to Washington, DC from Raleigh is on average $60 (€50)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.

How far is Washington, DC from Raleigh by train?

You should expect to travel around 233 miles (375 km)  between Raleigh and Washington, DC by train.

What is the Raleigh to Washington, DC train travel time?

On average the Raleigh to Washington, DC train time is 6 h  covering the 233 miles (375 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

Which train companies can get me from Raleigh to Washington, DC?

If you're looking for trains from Raleigh to Washington, DC, you can rely on Amtrak to get you to Washington, DC. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Raleigh to Washington, DC journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

How many trains are there between Raleigh and Washington, DC a day?

On average, there is 1 train a day from Raleigh 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 Raleigh to Washington, DC? What time is the last train from Raleigh to Washington, DC?

The earliest train departing from Raleigh to Washington, DC leaves at 1: 45 PM. The last train departing from Raleigh to Washington, DC leaves at 3: 13 PM. You can find the latest Raleigh to Washington, DC train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

When should I purchase the Raleigh to Washington, DC train for the best deals on tickets?

You can find trains between Raleigh and Washington, DC to cost on average $60 (€50) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Raleigh to Washington, DC train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

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