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There are 8 ways to get from New Jersey to Washington by train, bus, car, plane or subway

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Train  •  2h 39m

  1. Take the train from Newark Penn Station to Washington Union Station Acela / ...

$35 - $130

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Bus  •  4h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Newark Penn Station to Union Station, Washington, DC Newark / ...

$19 - $40

6 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 54m

  1. Drive from Newark to Washington 219.6 miles

$21 - $35

Fly Newark to Reagan Washington  •  2h 53m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Reagan Washington (DCA) EWR - DCA

$84 - $558

Train, subway to New York La Guardia, fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the train from Journal Square to 9th Street
  2. Take the subway from W 4 St - Wash Sq to Jackson Hts - Roosevelt Av
  3. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Reagan Washington (DCA) LGA - DCA

$80 - $156

Fly Newark to Washington Dulles  •  3h 31m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Washington Dulles (IAD) EWR - IAD

$80 - $313

Train to Philadelphia, fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the train from Trenton Amtrak Station to 30th Street Train Station
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Reagan Washington (DCA) PHL - DCA

$70 - $382

Train, subway to New York JFK, fly to Reagan Washington  •  4h

  1. Take the train from Journal Square to World Trade Center
  2. Take the subway from Fulton St to Howard Beach - JFK Airport
  3. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Reagan Washington (DCA) JFK - DCA

$153 - $417

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The cheapest way to get from New Jersey to Washington is to bus which costs $19 - $40 and takes 4h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from New Jersey to Washington is to train which costs $35 - $130 and takes 2h 39m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Newark Penn Station station and arriving at Union Station, Washington, DC station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Newark Penn Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 39m.

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The distance between New Jersey and Washington is 163 miles. The road distance is 219.6 miles.

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The best way to get from New Jersey to Washington without a car is to train which takes 2h 39m and costs $35 - $130.

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The train from Newark Penn Station to Washington Union Station takes 2h 39m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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New Jersey to Washington bus services, operated by Boltbus, depart from Newark Penn Station.

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New Jersey to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Newark Penn Station.

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The best way to get from New Jersey to Washington is to train which takes 2h 39m and costs $35 - $130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $19 - $40 and takes 4h 15m, you could also fly, which costs $80 - $600 and takes 2h 53m.

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Map of how to get from New Jersey to Washington.
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  • Distance: 163.3 miles
  • Duration: 2h 39m

What companies run services between New Jersey, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Newark Penn Station to Washington Union Station hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 2h 39m. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route hourly. Alternatively, Boltbus operates a bus from Newark Penn Station to Union Station, Washington, DC 4 times a day. Tickets cost $19 - $35 and the journey takes 4h 15m. OurBus also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Flights from Philadelphia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from New York JFK to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
Flights from Newark to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Newark to Washington Dulles via Richmond
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Newark to Washington Dulles via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $310
Flights from New York JFK to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $390
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 Newark Penn Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Seat
$60 - $90
Train from Trenton Amtrak Station to 30th Street Train Station
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $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 Newark Penn Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$60 - $130
Business Class Seat
$95 - $180
Train from Trenton Amtrak Station to 30th Street Train Station
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $110
PATH
Phone
+1 800 234-7284
Website
panynj.gov
Train from Journal Square to 9th Street
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
panynj.gov
Train from Journal Square to World Trade Center
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
panynj.gov
MTA

The New York City Subway consists of 27 underground lines that serve Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Lines are identified by a number or letter as well as a colour. Subway passes (called MetroCards) are available for purchase from ticket machines and desks in subway stations (choose from Pay-Per-Ride or 7/30-Day Unlimited), and a new contactless payment system called OMNY is currently being rolled out. The subway runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact Details
Website
mta.info
Subway from W 4 St - Wash Sq to Jackson Hts - Roosevelt Av
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Website
mta.info
Subway from Fulton St to Howard Beach - JFK Airport
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Website
mta.info
SEPTA
Phone
+1 215-580-7800
Website
septa.org
Train from Trenton to 30th Street Train Station
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
septa.org
Bus operators
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Newark Penn Station to Union Station, Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
boltbus.com
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Book at
ourbus.com

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 18m.

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New Jersey to Washington bus services, operated by Boltbus, arrive at Union Station, Washington, DC.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between New Jersey to Washington is 220 miles. It takes approximately 3h 54m to drive from New Jersey to Washington.

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United Airlines offers flights from Newark Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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There are 865+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from New Jersey to Newark Airport is to line 62 bus which takes 13 min and costs $1 - $5.

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