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New York, NY to Washington, DC by train

The journey from New York, NY to Washington, DC by train is 204.34 mi and takes 3 hr 25 min. There are 37 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:20 AM and the last at 9:22 PM. It is possible to travel from New York, NY to Washington, DC by train for as little as $26.49 or as much as $385.03. The best price for this journey is $26.49.

Lowest Price$26.49
Journey Duration3 hr 25 min
Connection per Day37
Lowest Price$26.49
Highest Price$385.03
First Departure12:20 AM
Last Departure9:22 PM
Distance204.34 mi
DepartureNew York, NY
ArrivalWashington, DC
CarriersAmtrak

New York, NY to Washington, DC Train Times

Departure date
Monday, Jul 15, 2024

Traveling from New York, NY, to Washington D.C. by Train

Amtrak operates the route from NYC to D.C. with its Acela Express and Northeast Regional services. The two services offer distinct experiences for East Coast travelers. The Acela, reaching speeds up to 150 mph, is faster than the Northeast Regional, making it convenient to get there fast. It features spacious seating with ample legroom and amenities like electrical outlets and tray tables in each seat. First Class on Acela includes priority boarding, complimentary meals, and access to station lounges.

In contrast, the Northeast Regional serves more stations, stopping in various cities across multiple states. It operates numerous times daily, guaranteeing greater flexibility for commuters and leisure travelers: the Northeast Regional has complimentary WiFi, a quiet car, and a café car. Business class on this train offers extra legroom, complimentary beverages, assigned seating, and conference tables. 

Amenities on Union Station in Washington

Washington Union Station, located at 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002-4214, includes an enclosed waiting area, WiFi, parking facilities, and an accessible platform with wheelchair availability. For passenger convenience, there are Free Cell Phone Waiting and Kiss & Ride lots for easy drop-off and pick-up, located inside the Union Station parking garage accessible from H Street, NE.

The station also has a lactation suite for nursing mothers, which is ADA-compliant and equipped with benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for breast pumps, and a lockable door for privacy. This suite is in the East Concourse near the women's restrooms and vending machines.

Things to Do in Washington D.C.:

  1. Check out the National Mall: Visit iconic landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.
  2. Smithsonian Museums: Discover a world of knowledge at the Smithsonian museums, including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.
  3. Tour the White House: Take a tour of the White House, the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States.
  4. Stroll through Georgetown: Wander through this charming neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets, historic homes, and boutique shops.
  5. Visit the U.S. Supreme Court: Learn about the American judicial system and possibly attend a court session.
  6. Explore the Tidal Basin: It is beautiful during the Cherry Blossom Festival in spring.
  7. Arlington National Cemetery: Pay respects at this solemn and historic site, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  8. Attend a Performance at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy world-class theater, dance, and music performances.
  9. Visit the National Zoo, Home to thousands of animals, including the famous giant pandas.
  10. Explore the Library of Congress: The most extensive library in the world, offering tours and exhibitions.

What to Eat in Washington D.C.:

  1. Half-Smoke: A local sausage delicacy best enjoyed at places like Ben's Chili Bowl.
  2. Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs: Often served steamed with Old Bay seasoning, a regional favorite.
  3. Ethiopian Cuisine: With a significant Ethiopian community, D.C. offers authentic dishes like injera and doro wat.
  4. Mumbo Sauce: A tangy sauce unique to D.C., perfect for chicken wings and fries.
  5. Peruvian Chicken: Charcoal-grilled chicken marinated in flavorful spices, commonly found in various eateries around the city.
  6. Jumbo Slice Pizza: A D.C. late-night staple, these oversized pizza slices are filling and delicious.
  7. Pupusas: A Salvadoran dish, these stuffed tortillas with cheese, beans, or meat are found in various spots around the city.
  8. Korean BBQ: Enjoy a variety of Korean dishes in the suburbs of Annandale, known as Koreatown.
  9. Vietnamese Pho: Found in the nearby Eden Center in Falls Church, this aromatic noodle soup is a local favorite.
  10. Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes: Famous on T.V., these are as delicious as beautiful.

Day trips from Washington D.C.:

A short drive or train ride can take you to historic Alexandria in Virginia, where cobblestone streets and colonial architecture will take you in a time machine. For some nature, head to Shenandoah National Park for hiking and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, are all near and will guide you through the history of the Civil War. Annapolis, Maryland, with its charming waterfront and the U.S. Naval Academy, will give you a chance to learn about the maritime heritage. Wine lovers can explore the vineyards of Virginia's wine country, known for its picturesque landscapes and exquisite wines. For beach lovers, a trip to Ocean City, Maryland's sandy shores, provides a perfect seaside escape.

Travel Tips for Washington D.C.:

  1. Washington, DC, is served by three major airports: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). 
  2. The Circulator bus connects many of Washington's popular tourist destinations and neighborhoods. It's an affordable way to get around the city, costing only $1 per ride or $3 for a day pass.
  3. Spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures, but these seasons also bring more crowds and higher hotel prices. Summers are hot and muggy, while winters can vary from mild to blizzard conditions. Hotel prices are generally more affordable in winter.
  4. Visiting during the cherry blossom season in spring is particularly magical. The peak bloom varies each year, typically around April 4, but can occur as early as March 15 or as late as April 18. 
  5.  Some popular museums, like the National Museum of African American History and Culture, require advance tickets. Besides the free options, there are also paid museums worth visiting, such as the International Spy Museum and the Newseum, which offer unique and interactive experiences.
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When travelling to Washington, DC by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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New York, NY to Washington, DC CO2 Emissions by Train

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23.02kg
Bus
24.66kg
Flight
65.77kg
Car
52.62kg
What are the CO2 emissions from New York, NY to Washington, DC by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between New York, NY and Washington, DC are 23.02kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between New York, NY and Washington, DC? By taking the train between New York, NY and Washington, DC you will save 42.75kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 1.64kg compared to a bus and 29.6kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from New York, NY to Washington, DC?
A train ticket from New York, NY to Washington, DC is $128.67. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $26.49.
What's the cheapest train ticket from New York, NY to Washington, DC?
The cheapest ticket you can get from New York, NY to Washington, DC is $26.49. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between New York, NY and Washington, DC by train?
New York, NY to Washington, DC is 204.34 mi.
How long does the train between New York, NY and Washington, DC take?
New York, NY to Washington, DC is on average 3 hr 25 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hr 47 min.
How many train connections per day go from New York, NY to Washington, DC?
New York, NY to Washington, DC has 37 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from New York, NY to Washington, DC leave?
The earliest train from New York, NY to Washington, DC departs at 12:20 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from New York, NY to Washington, DC depart?
The latest train from New York, NY to Washington, DC departs at 9:22 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from New York, NY to Washington, DC in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $26.49 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from New York, NY to Washington, DC?
There are on average 37 direct connection(s) from New York, NY to go to Washington, DC.
What's the fastest journey time between New York, NY to Washington, DC by train?
The fastest journey time by train between New York, NY and Washington, DC is 2 hr 47 min.
Is there a direct train from New York, NY to Washington, DC?
Yes, there is a direct train between New York, NY and Washington, DC.
What are the CO2 emissions for New York, NY to Washington, DC by train?
The train journey from New York, NY to Washington, DC creates 23.02kg of CO2 emissions.

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