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Richmond, VA to Washington, DC by train

The journey from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC by train is 95.6 mi and takes 2 hr 42 min. There are 2 connections per day, with the first departure at 4:52 AM and the last at 5:35 PM. It is possible to travel from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC by train for as little as $15.44 or as much as $88.02. The best price for this journey is $15.44.

Lowest Price$15.44
Journey Duration2 hr 42 min
Connection per Day2
Lowest Price$15.44
Highest Price$88.02
First Departure4:52 AM
Last Departure5:35 PM
Distance95.6 mi
DepartureRichmond, VA
ArrivalWashington, DC
CarriersAmtrak

Richmond, VA to Washington, DC Train Times

Departure date
Friday, Mar 1, 2024

Traveling from Richmond, VA, to Washington D.C. by Train

Embarking on a train journey from Richmond, Virginia's historic capital, to Washington D.C., the nation's capital offers travelers a seamless blend of Southern charm and political prowess. This route spans approximately 95.6 mi, typically taking around 2 hr 42 min. Amtrak's Northeast Regional service efficiently connects these two significant cities, ensuring a swift and comfortable journey. There are approximately 2 connections daily. To avail the best fares, sometimes even as attractive as $15.44, it's beneficial to book tickets in advance. For a smooth boarding process, arriving at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time is recommended.

Acela and Northeast Regional are Amtrak services operating along the Northeast Corridor but cater to different travel needs. Acela is Amtrak's premium high-speed service, reaching up to 150 mph, and offers exclusively Business and First Class seating with upscale amenities, including complimentary meals for First Class and access to ClubAcela lounges. In contrast, the Northeast Regional, while efficient, operates at standard speeds and serves a broader range of destinations, including smaller towns. It offers Coach and Business Class seating, free Wi-Fi, and a café car. While Acela is tailored for those seeking a swift, premium experience, the Northeast Regional provides a more affordable and flexible option for a diverse range of travelers.

The journey commences at Richmond's Staples Mill Road Station, a bustling hub that serves as a primary gateway for travelers heading to various destinations along the East Coast. The station has essential amenities and ample parking, making it convenient for those driving to the station.

Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., travelers are greeted by the grandeur of Union Station, one of the country's most iconic train stations. With its majestic architecture and central location, Union Station provides easy access to the heart of the capital. From here, visitors can explore the National Mall, visit the Smithsonian museums, or stroll past the White House and Capitol Hill.

Things to Do in Washington D.C.:

  1. Visit the National Mall and explore the numerous monuments and memorials.
  2. Discover the rich history at the Smithsonian museums, including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History.
  3. Take a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol and learn about the nation's legislative process.
  4. Stroll through Georgetown, a historic neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets and waterfront views.
  5. Explore the vibrant food scene at Eastern Market or Union Market.
  6. Attend a performance at the Kennedy Center or Ford's Theatre.
  7. Relax by the Tidal Basin and enjoy the cherry blossoms during spring.
  8. Visit the historic Arlington National Cemetery and witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
  9. Experience the Nightlife in U Street Corridor: 
  10. Visit the National Zoo: Spend a day at the Smithsonian National Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the United States.

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. Mumbo Sauce: A tangy sauce unique to D.C., perfect for chicken wings and fries.
  4. Peruvian Chicken: Charcoal-grilled chicken marinated in flavorful spices, commonly found in various eateries around the city.
  5. Jumbo Slice Pizza: A D.C. late-night staple, these oversized pizza slices are filling and delicious.
  6. Ethiopian Cuisine: With a significant Ethiopian community, D.C. offers authentic dishes like injera (spongy bread) and doro wat (spicy chicken stew).
  7. Vietnamese Pho: Found in the nearby Eden Center in Falls Church, this aromatic noodle soup is a local favorite.
  8. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes: A nod to the city's proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, these crab cakes are a must-try.
  9. Georgetown Cupcakes: Famous for their reality TV show, they are as delicious as beautiful.
  10. Pupusas: A Salvadoran dish, these stuffed tortillas with cheese, beans, or meat are found in various spots around the city.

Day Trips from Washington D.C.:

From Washington D.C., travelers can venture to nearby historic sites like Mount Vernon, George Washington's plantation home. The picturesque town of Alexandria, with its waterfront and historic Old Town, is another popular destination. For nature enthusiasts, a trip to Great Falls Park offers stunning views of the Potomac River's cascades and rapids. The battlefields of Gettysburg and Manassas provide a deep dive into the nation's Civil War history. Wine enthusiasts can explore the vineyards of Virginia's wine country, just a short drive away.

Travel Tips for Washington D.C.:

If you're planning to visit the White House, it's essential to request a tour well in advance through a member of Congress or your embassy. Choosing the time of year for your visit is also crucial; while summer is popular, it can be quite hot and humid. Spring and fall offer more comfortable weather, and winter has its own charm with fewer visitors and beautiful holiday lights. Starting your visit with a guided tour can provide a great overview of the city and help you get oriented. The National Mall, stretching over two miles, is home to many significant monuments and museums, and it's larger than it appears, so plan accordingly. To save money, visit many free museums and attractions in D.C., including all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo. The monuments and memorials are also free and open 24 hours a day, offering a spectacular view at night. Carrying a refillable water bottle is a practical tip, as D.C. has a TapIt program providing free tap water across the city. For transportation, consider getting a rechargeable Metro SmarTrip card, which can be used on almost all transit providers in the area.

If the idea of a train journey from Richmond to Washington, D.C., appeals to you, let Virail guide you. With a commitment to providing tailored travel experiences, Virail ensures a smooth and memorable journey.

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If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

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Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC.

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Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $16.54 to $39.36 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 58% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC

The cheapest Richmond, VA - Washington, DC train tickets can be found for as low as $21.16 if you’re lucky, or $34.35 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $46.84.

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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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Richmond, VA to Washington, DC CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
10.77kg
Bus
11.54kg
Flight
30.77kg
Car
24.62kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC are 10.77kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC? By taking the train between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC you will save 20kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.77kg compared to a bus and 13.85kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC?
A train ticket from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC is $37.95. 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 $15.44.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC is $15.44. 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 Richmond, VA and Washington, DC by train?
Richmond, VA to Washington, DC is 95.6 mi.
How long does the train between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC take?
Richmond, VA to Washington, DC is on average 2 hr 42 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hr 19 min.
How many train connections per day go from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC?
Richmond, VA to Washington, DC has 2 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC leave?
The earliest train from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC departs at 4:52 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 Richmond, VA to Washington, DC depart?
The latest train from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC departs at 5:35 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 Richmond, VA 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 $15.44 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.
From which stations can I leave from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC?
There are 2 station(s) that you can depart from Richmond, VA to go to Washington, DC. You can go from Main Street Station and Richmond N Arthur Ashe Blvd and you can arrive at Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Union Station and Ronald Reagan National Airport.
How many direct connections depart from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC?
There are on average 2 direct connection(s) from Richmond, VA to go to Washington, DC.
What's the fastest journey time between Richmond, VA to Washington, DC by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC is 2 hr 19 min.
Is there a direct train from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC?
Yes, there is a direct train between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC.
What are the CO2 emissions for Richmond, VA to Washington, DC by train?
The train journey from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC creates 10.77kg of CO2 emissions.

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