New York City to Washington, DC train

Cheap train tickets from New York City to Washington, DC

Showing times and prices for 12 Aug

Cheapest

£74

Average

£180

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.

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19:40Penn Station3h35 23:15Union Station
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£741One-way
2nd Cheapest
03:20Penn Station3h40 07:00Union Station
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£1251One-way
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09:35Penn Station3h37 13:12Union Station
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£1251One-way
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04:20Penn Station3h21 07:41Union Station
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£1251One-way
10:35Penn Station3h32 14:07Union Station
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£1461One-way

Train schedule New York City to Washington, DC

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03:20Penn Station3h40 07:00Union Station
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04:20Penn Station3h21 07:41Union Station
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06:00Penn Station3h00 09:00Union Station
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06:02Penn Station3h27 09:29Union Station
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06:45Penn Station3h33 10:18Union Station
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07:05Penn Station3h31 10:36Union Station
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07:25Penn Station3h20 10:45Union Station
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08:10Penn Station3h30 11:40Union Station
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09:00Penn Station2h57 11:57Union Station
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09:35Penn Station3h37 13:12Union Station
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10:00Penn Station2h49 12:49Union Station
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10:35Penn Station3h32 14:07Union Station
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11:00Penn Station2h56 13:56Union Station
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11:02Penn Station3h33 14:35Union Station
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11:35Penn Station3h35 15:10Union Station
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12:35Penn Station3h50 16:25Union Station
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13:00Penn Station3h00 16:00Union Station
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14:00Penn Station2h54 16:54Union Station
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14:02Penn Station3h21 17:23Union Station
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14:15Penn Station3h50 18:05Union Station
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15:00Penn Station2h53 17:53Union Station
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15:05Penn Station3h34 18:39Union Station
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15:35Penn Station3h36 19:11Union Station
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16:25Penn Station3h32 19:57Union Station
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17:00Penn Station2h53 19:53Union Station
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17:27Penn Station3h26 20:53Union Station
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18:00Penn Station3h00 21:00Union Station
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18:25Penn Station3h38 22:03Union Station
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18:45Penn Station3h22 22:07Union Station
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19:40Penn Station3h35 23:15Union Station
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20:13Penn Station3h00 23:13Union Station
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Fastest train times from New York City to Washington, DC

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Fastest Journey

2 h 49 m

Average

3 h 20 m

Trains per day

31

Distance

328 km

Of the 31 trains that leave New York City for Washington, DC every day 31 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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10:00Penn Station2h49 12:49Union Station
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£2391One-way
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15:00Penn Station2h53 17:53Union Station
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£2751One-way
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17:00Penn Station2h53 19:53Union Station
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£2391One-way
14:00Penn Station2h54 16:54Union Station
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£2391One-way
11:00Penn Station2h56 13:56Union Station
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£2751One-way

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Overview: Train from New York City to Washington, DC

distanceDistance203 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 21 min
priceAverage train ticket price£73 (€83)
frequencyTrain frequency24 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 24 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from New York City to Washington, DC cover the 203 miles long trip taking on average 3 h 21 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 24 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £73, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £37.

Train providers: Amtrak and Amtrak Acela trains New York City to Washington, DC

Travel between New York City and Washington, DC from £37 with Omio’s train partners Amtrak and Amtrak Acela! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.

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Amtrak Acela

Amtrak is the main train provider in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between New York City and Washington, DC.

New York City to Washington, DC train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 32 min
  • Average Price: £37
  • Amtrak frequency: 5 a day

Acela is the flagship high-speed train service from Amtrak, the main train operator of the United States. Acela high-speed trains operate services along the Northeast Corridor, connecting popular destinations like Washington, D. C. Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Providence, and Boston, just to name a few. Amtrak Acela trains are the fastest in the U. S. Reaching speeds up to 150 mph (250 km/h). Known for their superior comfort, Acela trains have spacious and comfortable seats with more legroom than Amtrak’s Coach Class seats. You can choose between booking a Business Class or First Class seat on an Acela train from New York City to Washington, DC. In both classes amenities include seat reservations, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, adjustable lighting at every seat, conference tables and large tray tables. Passengers can also purchase food and drinks on the train at Café Acela.

Amtrak Acela from New York City to Washington, DC train information:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 57 min
  • Amtrak Acela frequency: 7 a day

Trains from New York City to Washington DC

There are plenty of options when you are looking for trains from New York City to Washington DC, so you should be able to find a journey that matches your schedule. There are up to 29 trains that travel between the two cities on a daily basis, depending on which day of the week you depart, meaning there is a comprehensive timetable to pick from. With trains from early in the morning to late at night, you can travel at a time suitable for you. Trains take in the region of 3h 18min, so it won't be long before you're in the capital city.

New York City to Washington DC Train Time: Daily Departures

On weekdays, there are around 29 New York City to Washington DC trains with departures from about 03:00 to around 22:00. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are about 22 trains each day, with the first departure at approximately 03:00. The last train on a Saturday departs at about 21:00, whilst on a Sunday, it leaves at around 19:00.

How long is the journey by train from New York City to Washington DC?

When you get a train to Washington DC from New York City, it will take around 3h 18min from Monday to Friday, about 3h 34min on a Saturday and in the region of 3h 25min on a Sunday. The fastest train on a weekday tends to take about 2h 54min, whilst on weekends it's slightly slower at about 2h 58min. All the trains on this service are direct, too, so you can sit back and enjoy the trip. Whilst you're travelling, you can check out the The Window Seat if you want some inspiration for more travel locations.

Trains from New York City to Washington DC: friends enjoying the view of New York City. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from New York City to Washington DC?

Departure train station:Trains depart from Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan. You can get to the station from popular landmarks such as the Empire State Building in about 6min on the M34-SBS bus. Before you travel, you can access a food court, toilets and premium lounges at the train station.

Arrival train station:Trains arrive at Union Station, which is conveniently located close to popular tourist areas. For instance, you can walk to the United States Capitol in around 13min. At the station, you can visit shops, grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and even hire a car.

Which train companies travel from New York City to Washington DC?

The company operating the train from New York City to Washington DC is Amtrak. With about 29 trains daily on weekdays and 22 trains each day on weekends, there is a great selection of departures for you to pick from. In general, trains take about 3h 18min to reach their destination. All train services offered on this route are direct, so you do not have to change during the journey.

Night trains New York City

There are no night trains from New York City to Washington DC. However, there are departures early in the morning and also trains that arrive late at night. For example, you can travel as early as about 03:00 from New York City, arriving at Washington DC at about 06:30. Alternatively, you can depart just after 22:00 and arrive at close to 02:00.

Amtrak trains from New York City to Washington DC

The Amtrak train from New York City to Washington DC offers a frequent and reliable service throughout the week, making this a great service to travel with. You can normally expect about 29 trains daily on weekdays and 22 on Saturdays and Sundays. The first departure on a weekday tends to be at about 03:00, with the last departure at approximately 22:00. On Saturdays and Sundays, the earliest train leaves at about 03:00, with the final departure at about 21:00 on Saturdays and around 19:00 on Sundays. Trains take in the region of 3h 18min during the week, around 3h 34min on Saturdays and approximately 3h 25min on Sundays. The fastest train to complete this route does so in approximately 2h 54min. As this is a direct train from New York City to Washington DC, you will not have to transfer during your journey.

Trains from New York City to Washington DC: Sustainability travel

Train travel tends to be one of the most sustainable ways to travel between New York City and Washington DC. Compared to trips by bus, car or plane, this mode of transport releases fewer carbon emissions per passenger. It is also beneficial to the environment as it produces less noise pollution, allowing local wildlife to flourish.

Train New York City to Washington DC: Services on Board

On a train to Washington DC from New York City with Amtrak, you can enjoy great facilities. First Class offers you premium amenities and complimentary food, although all seating is comfortable and spacious for the journey no matter what class you travel in. You can take two pieces of luggage on board free of charge, each of which should not be heavier than 50lbs (23kg). The size of these bags cannot exceed 28 x 22 x 14 inches either, so be sure to check before you travel. You can take your bicycle on board for an additional charge, but this should be reserved in advance as there is limited space. You are also allowed to take dogs and cats on the train, providing they are not heavier than 20lbs (9kg). If you are travelling with a mobility issue or disability, you can contact Amtrak in advance, and they will offer assistance throughout your trip.

How to find cheap train tickets from New York City to Washington DC

You can get cheap tickets from New York City to Washington DC if you book in advance. Train tickets tend to get more expensive the closer you get to the day of travel, so it's always wise to make arrangements in good time. Having flexibility is also beneficial as you may find that tickets a few hours on either side of your preferred travel time are cheaper.

Trains from New York City to Washingtong DC: The Capitol in Washington DC. Source: Shutterstock

To Washington DC by train—travel tips

Washington DC is a great city to visit, with loads of interesting things to see and do. Before you arrive, put an itinerary together so that you don't miss out on any of the best bits. Start your trip at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which has a range of exhibits, including the first accurate dinosaur skeleton. Then head over to the US Capitol, which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. The Lincoln Memorial is also a must-see – it is an impressive sculpture of the former president. If you like art, then you should check out the National Gallery of Art with its vast range of art spanning all major periods. A great place to go with kids is the National Air and Space Museum, which takes a look back at aviation history. The National Mall is something we've all seen on TV, but now it's your chance to see it in real life. Finish off your trip at the National Portrait Gallery, which has a range of presidential portraits.

  • Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Take a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Check out the Library of Congress
  • Reflect at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Take a trip up the Washington Monument

Travel Tips: Trains from New York City to Washington, DC

Travel by train to Washington, DC easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from New York City to Washington, DC.
FAQs
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets between New York City and Washington, DC for as low as £37  for the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the New York City to Washington, DC train price to come in at an average of £73  one way.
The train distance from New York City to Washington, DC is around 203 miles.
On average the New York City to Washington, DC train time is 3 h 21 min  covering the 203 miles long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
For the best New York City to Washington, DC train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Amtrak or Amtrak. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between New York City and Washington, DC to compare what amenities they may offer.
Yes, there are 24 direct trains from New York City to Washington, DC per day with Amtrak or Amtrak  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
The average number of trains departing New York City for Washington, DC is 24 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The earliest train for this route departs from New York City at 06: 53. The last train leaves from New York City at 23: 40. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from New York City to Washington, DC and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
You can find a train to Washington, DC from New York City to cost on average £73 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 New York City to Washington, DC train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

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