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Fly Boston to Reagan Washington  •  2h 59m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Reagan Washington (DCA) BOS - DCA

$84 - $216

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Bus via New York  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to 36th St & 11th Ave NY Boston
  2. Take the bus from 36th St & 11th Ave to Dupont Cir, Washington DC New York / ...

$40 - $65

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Fly Boston to Baltimore, train  •  3h 37m

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

$94 - $393

Fly Boston to Washington Dulles  •  3h 39m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Washington Dulles (IAD) BOS - IAD

$130 - $421

Bus to Manchester, fly to Reagan Washington  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to North Londonderry, NH - exit 5
  2. Fly from Manchester (MHT) to Reagan Washington (DCA) MHT - DCA

$189 - $483

Train to Providence, fly to Reagan Washington  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Providence
  2. Fly from Providence (PVD) to Reagan Washington (DCA) PVD - DCA

$171 - $574

Train  •  6h 49m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Washington Union Station Acela / ...

$90 - $320

Bus  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Boston to Washington DC 2605

Bus via New York #2  •  9h 34m

  1. Take the bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY Peter Pan / ...
  2. Take the bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Union Station, Washington, DC Peter Pan / ...

$57 - $103

Drive  •  7h 49m

  1. Drive from Boston to Washington 439 miles

$40 - $65

Boston to Washington by train

The train journey time between Boston and Washington is around 7h 41m and covers a distance of around 456 miles. The fastest train normally takes 6h 49m. Operated by Amtrak Acela Express and Amtrak Northeast Regional, the Boston to Washington train service departs from Boston South Station and arrives in Washington Union Station. Typically 97 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
7h 41m
Fastest train time:
6h 49m
Train distance:
456 miles
Trains per week:
97
Cheapest price:
$90
Carbon emissions:
38 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:05
Last train departs at:
21:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Boston to Washington train schedules

Boston → Washington
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The cheapest way to get from Boston to Washington is to bus via New York which costs $40 - $65 and takes 9h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Washington is to fly which costs $80 - $220 and takes 2h 59m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Boston and arriving at Washington DC. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Boston South Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 49m.

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The distance between Boston and Washington is 396 miles. The road distance is 439 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Washington without a car is to train which takes 6h 49m and costs $90 - $320.

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It takes approximately 2h 59m to get from Boston to Washington, including transfers.

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Boston to Washington bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from Boston station.

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Boston to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, depart from Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to Washington is to fly which takes 2h 59m and costs $80 - $220. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $90 - $320 and takes 6h 49m, you could also bus, which costs and takes 9h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Boston to Washington.
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  • Distance: 396.5 miles
  • Duration: 2h 59m

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Boston to Washington hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Boston South Station to Washington Union Station every 3 hours. Tickets cost $220 - $320 and the journey takes 6h 49m. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route every 4 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Boston to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Boston to Baltimore via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Manchester to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Manchester to Reagan Washington via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Providence to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Providence to Reagan Washington via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Boston to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $350
Flights from Providence to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Boston to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $220
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Boston to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Train operators
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 Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
Train from Boston South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $70
Business Class Seat
$55 - $110
Train from Boston South Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $200
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$90 - $200
Business Class Seat
$150 - $270
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$70 - $110
First Class
$75 - $190
Train from Boston South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $110
First Class
$80 - $200
Train from Boston South Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
6h 49m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$220 - $320
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$220 - $320
First Class
$330 - $490
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 Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
MBTA
Bus operators
Boston Express
Phone
1800-639-8080
Email
contact@bostonexpressbus.com
Website
bostonexpressbus.com
Bus from Boston South Buses to North Londonderry, NH - exit 5
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
bostonexpressbus.com
Book at
webstore.bostonexpressbus.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Boston to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Boston South Buses to 36th St & 11th Ave NY
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from 36th St & 11th Ave to Dupont Cir, Washington DC
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
boltbus.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Union Station, Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
peterpanbus.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 Boston to New York
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from New York to Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $75

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The quickest flight from Boston Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 37m.

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Boston to Washington bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at Washington DC station.

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Boston to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Washington is 439 miles. It takes approximately 7h 49m to drive from Boston to Washington.

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Delta, JetBlue Airways and American Airlines offer flights from Boston Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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