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Overview: Train from Washington, DC to Boston

distanceDistance393 miles (634 km)
durationAverage train duration7 h 54 min
priceAverage train ticket price$56 (€47)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Washington, DC to Boston cover the 393 miles (634 km) long journey taking on average 7 h 54 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $38 (€32), but the average price of train tickets is $56 (€47).

Train companies

Amtrak trains from Washington, DC to Boston

For as little as $38 (€32) you can travel by train from Washington, DC to Boston with Amtrak. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.

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

  • Average Price: $38

Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Amtrak train ticket from Washington, DC to 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 Washington D.C. to Boston

Train travel across the US offers travelers a convenient and comfortable mode of transport that is also eco-friendlier than many other transport options. Passengers can also enjoy a better view of the cities in the spacious reclining train seats at a fair price. Whether the trip to Boston includes visiting historical sites, attending business meetings, or exploration, the Amtrak train delivers passengers to a station centrally positioned in the city center, making most places easily accessible. It is an economical travel choice for families, where children from 12 years pay half the adult price, and for those below two years, the ride is free. The distance by train from Washington D.C. to Boston is 393 miles (632 kilometers), and the trip typically takes 7 hours 41 minutes. There are 36 trains per day from Washington D.C. to Boston.

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

Several trains travel from Washington to Boston, including Amtrak Northern Regional and Amtrak Acela schedules. The Amtrak Acela option offers more direct services that are more efficient and reach their destination faster. Travelers can reserve a train seat in advance to avoid last-minute rushes and ensure that their travel schedule is covered. Trains from Washington to Boston are busiest on Thursday, and a passenger looking for a more significant deal and more space might consider traveling on Sunday instead, which is the least busy day of the week. The midweek schedule is less busy than the weekend departure schedule.

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

Taking a train from Washington D.C. to Boston will take approximately 7 hours 41 minutes, with the fastest train covering the distance in around 6 hours 35 minutes. The slowest service should take less than 8 hours. The time duration covered by the trains varies depending on the number of connecting stations, weather patterns, or operational differences in the service providers. Acela Amtrak is the fastest service and offers direct rides on this route. The intermediate stations for this route include Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and New Haven.

How many trains are there from Washington, D.C. to Boston?

While traveling by train from Washington D.C. to Boston, there are 36 trains per day, where a passenger can select their ride schedule. Amtrak Northeast Regional operates the highest number of departures between Washington D.C. and Boston, usually offering 20 scheduled services on weekdays and 19 services during the weekend. There are seven Amtrak schedules every day to Boston, and if travelers consider traveling on the weekend with Amtrak, there are 12 schedules available. Amtrak Acela provides 15 services to Boston on weekdays, dropping to nine services during the weekend. The earliest train on this route departs at 3:00 a.m., and the latest leaves at 9:00 p.m.

What are the departure and arrival station for Trains from Washington D.C. To Boston?

Departure station: a passenger traveling by train from Washington D.C. to Boston departs from Union Station in Massachusetts Avenue. It is located 1.2 miles from the Westin Washington D.C. city center and is accessible by taxi, bus, or the subway, which takes 19 minutes. There are various services at the station, including several shopping options for jewelry, accessories, and beauty products. The restaurants in the stations include Cava, Chipotle, Potbelly, Shake Shack, and Subway. There is also the Blue Bottle coffee shop, Jamba juice, and UNO Pizzeria and Grill. Other services include ATMs, vending machines, Amtrak WiFi, ticket sales office, payphones, club Acela, restrooms, Quik-Trak kiosks, and lactation suites for nursing mothers. There are elevators and other services accessible for travelers with reduced mobility.

Arrival station: services from Washington D.C. to Boston arrive at either the South Station or the Back Bay station. South Station is in 700 Atlantic Avenue Boston, 987 meters (1,000 yards)from the Boston City hall plaza. Travelers can access the city center using a subway and tram, which takes around eight minutes. Travelers can also use a taxi or a bus to get to the center of town. There are various services available at the station, including ATM services, bookshops, food and drink outlets, retail outlets, restrooms, and free WiFi. The Back Bay station is located at 145 Dartmouth Street, 0.2 miles from the city center. Travelers can reach the center by bus, subway, taxi, or by walking. It provides various passenger facilities, including ATMs, restrooms, vending machines, payphones, elevators, and Quik-Trak kiosks.

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Trains from Washington, DC to Boston
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FAQs
How much do cheap trains between Washington, DC and Boston cost?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets from Washington, DC to Boston for as low as $38 (€32)  for the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train to Boston from Washington, DC?
The train price between Washington, DC and Boston is on average $56 (€47)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
How far is Washington, DC to Boston by train?
The Washington, DC to Boston train distance is approximately 393 miles (634 km).
How long is the train ride between Washington, DC and Boston?
On average the Washington, DC to Boston train travel time is 7 h 54 min  for the 393 miles (634 km) long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
Which train companies should I travel with from Washington, DC to Boston?
If you're looking for trains from Washington, DC to Boston, you can rely on Amtrak or Amtrak to get you to Boston. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Washington, DC to Boston trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains per day are there to Boston from Washington, DC?
On average, there are 10 trains a day from Washington, DC to Boston. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
What time is the earliest train from Washington, DC to Boston? What time is the last train from Washington, DC to Boston?
The earliest train departing from Washington, DC to Boston leaves at 9: 55 AM. The last train departing from Washington, DC to Boston leaves at 10: 20 PM. You can find the latest Washington, DC to Boston train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How early should I book train tickets to Boston from Washington, DC to score the best deals?
You can find trains between Washington, DC and Boston to cost on average $56 (€47) 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 route. You’ll see tickets for the Washington, DC to Boston train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.