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There are 7 ways to get from Albany to Washington by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 31m

  1. Take the train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall Empire Service / ...
  2. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Washington Union Station Acela / ...

$78 - $211

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Bus via New York  •  7h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Albany, NY to New York, NY - Midtown Schenectady
  2. Take the bus from New York 6th Ave to Dupont Cir, Washington DC New York / ...

$43 - $58

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Bus  •  8h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Albany, NY to New York, NY - Port Authority Albany / ...
  2. Take the bus from New York to Washington "Greyhound" / ...

$50 - $95

Drive  •  6h 27m

  1. Drive from Albany to Washington 367.8 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Reagan Washington  •  4h 26m

  1. Fly from Albany (ALB) to Reagan Washington (DCA) ALB - DCA

$86 - $166

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  4h 47m

  1. Fly from Albany (ALB) to Baltimore (BWI) ALB - BWI
  2. Take the train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station

$120 - $338

Line 1 bus, fly to Washington Dulles  •  5h 13m

  1. Take the line 1 bus from Capitol/Hawk Station - Washington Ave & Hawk St to Colonie Station - Central Ave & Colonie Center
  2. Fly from Albany (ALB) to Washington Dulles (IAD) ALB - IAD

$142 - $562

Albany to Washington by train

The train journey time between Albany and Washington is around 6h 43m and covers a distance of around 367 miles. The fastest train normally takes 5h 33m. Operated by Amtrak and Amtrak Northeast Regional, the Albany to Washington train service departs from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station and arrives in Washington Union Station. Typically 54 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The most affordable way to get from Albany to Washington is to bus via New York, which costs $40 - $60 and takes 7h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Albany to Washington is to fly which costs $85 - $170 and takes 4h 26m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Albany to Washington. However, there are services departing from Albany, NY and arriving at Washington via New York. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Albany station to Washington station. However, there are services departing from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station and arriving at Washington Union Station via New York Moynihan Train Hall. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 31m.

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The distance between Albany and Washington is 313 miles. The road distance is 367.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Albany to Washington without a car is to train which takes 5h 31m and costs $75 - $220.

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It takes approximately 5h 31m to get from Albany to Washington, including transfers.

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Albany to Washington bus services, operated by Trailways New York, depart from Albany, NY station.

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Albany to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Albany to Washington is to train which takes 5h 31m and costs $75 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus via New York, which costs $40 - $60 and takes 7h 59m, you could also fly, which costs $85 - $170 and takes 4h 26m.

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  • Distance: 313 miles
  • Duration: 5h 31m

What companies run services between Albany, NY, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

You can take a train from Albany to Washington via New York Moynihan Train Hall in around 5h 31m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Albany to Washington via New York, NY - Midtown, 34 St-Penn Station, Canal St, and New York 6th Ave in around 7h 59m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Albany to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $220
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Albany to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $290
Flights from Albany to Reagan Washington via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $290
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Albany to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Seat
$65 - $110
Bedroom
$270 - $330
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $95
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $130
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$60 - $130
Business Class Seat
$100 - $180
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
Bus operators
Fox Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Albany, NY to New York, NY - Midtown
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from New York 6th Ave to Dupont Cir, Washington DC
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
boltbus.com
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Albany, NY to New York, NY - Port Authority
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Albany to New York
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60
Bus from New York to Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $75
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Union Station, Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
peterpanbus.com
Capital District Transportation (CDTA)
Phone
+1 518-482-8822
Website
cdta.org
Bus from Capitol/Hawk Station - Washington Ave & Hawk St to Colonie Station - Central Ave & Colonie Center
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
cdta.org

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The quickest flight from Albany Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 28m.

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Albany to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Washington station.

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Albany to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Albany to Washington is 368 miles. It takes approximately 6h 27m to drive from Albany to Washington.

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American Airlines offers flights from Albany Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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