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There are 11 ways to get from New York to Washington by train, bus, night train, car, plane or subway

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Train  •  2h 57m

  1. Take the train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station Acela / ...

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from New York Midtown to Washington DC 2601 / ...

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Bus via Pennsylvania Ave Se + L Enfant Sq Se  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from New York City to Washington, DC New York

Night train  •  3h 21m

  1. Take the night train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station Northeast Regional

Drive  •  4h 4m

  1. Drive from New York to Washington 228.5 miles

Train to Newark, fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h 12m

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Reagan Washington (DCA) EWR - DCA

Subway to New York La Guardia, fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h 18m

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

Train to New York JFK, fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h 22m

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Jamaica
  2. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Reagan Washington (DCA) JFK - DCA

Fly New York La Guardia to Baltimore, train  •  3h 55m

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Baltimore (BWI) LGA - BWI
  2. Take the train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station

Train to Newark, fly to Washington Dulles  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Washington Dulles (IAD) EWR - IAD

Train to White Plains, fly to Reagan Washington  •  5h 6m

  1. Take the train from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains
  2. Fly from White Plains (HPN) to Reagan Washington (DCA) HPN - DCA

New York to Washington by train

303 Weekly Trains
2h 57m Average Duration
$20 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from New York to Washington is to bus which costs $18 - $100 and takes 4h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from New York to Washington is to train which costs $20 - $250 and takes 2h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from New York Midtown and arriving at Washington DC. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 57m.

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The distance between New York and Washington is 206 miles. The road distance is 228.5 miles.

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The best way to get from New York to Washington without a car is to train which takes 2h 57m and costs $20 - $250.

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The train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station takes 2h 57m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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New York to Washington bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from New York Midtown station.

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New York to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak Acela, depart from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station.

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The best way to get from New York to Washington is to train which takes 2h 57m and costs $20 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $18 - $100 and takes 4h 40m.

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Map of how to get from New York to Washington.
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  • Distance: 206.4 miles
  • Duration: 2h 57m

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

Amtrak Acela operates a train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $250 and the journey takes 2h 57m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from New York Midtown to Washington DC hourly. Tickets cost $18 - $55 and the journey takes 4h 40m. Eight other operators also service this route.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Newark to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Newark to Washington Dulles via Norfolk
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Newark to Washington Dulles via Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington via Norfolk
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from New York JFK to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from White Plains to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $350
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $290
Flights from New York JFK to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$335
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak Acela

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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $250
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$35 - $130
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$65 - $230
Business Seat - Adult
$70 - $250
First Class - Child 2-12
$100 - $190
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$190 - $350
First Class - Adult
$210 - $380
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $80
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$15 - $40
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$26 - $75
Business Seat - Adult
$29 - $80
First Class - Child 2-12
$50 - $85
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$95 - $150
First Class - Adult
$100 - $160
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $130
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$20 - $65
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $130
Business Class Seat
$65 - $170
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$12 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$24 - $70
Business Class Seat
$35 - $95
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Amtrak
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
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
NJ Transit
Phone
+1 973-275-5555
Website
njtransit.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
njtransit.com
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
22 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
mta.info
Seniors 65+ and Concession
$2
Standard
$3
Long Island Rail Road
Phone
+1 718-217-5477
Website
new.mta.info
Train from New York Penn Station to Jamaica
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $13
Website
LIRR
Off Peak
$7 - $10
Peak
$4 - $13
Metro-North Railroad (MNR)
Phone
+1 877-690-5116
Website
mta.info
Train from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Schedules at
mta.info
At Station Off-Peak
$9 - $12
Onboard Off-Peak
$16
At Station Peak
$12 - $15
Onboard-Peak
$19 - $21
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from New York Midtown to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $55
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult Standard Purchase
$23 - $55
Adult Advance Purchase
$18 - $25
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 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
peterpanbus.com
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Email
pr@ourbus.com
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from New York, NY to Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Book at
ourbus.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from New York to Washington
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $75
Best Bus
Website
bestbus.com
Bus from Penn Station NY to Washington, DC - Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Schedules at
bestbus.com
Adult
$30 - $50
Washington Deluxe
Website
washny.com
Bus from New York - Times Square to Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$36
Book at
gotobus.com
The Jet
Phone
202-618-0612
Website
thejet.coach
Bus from New Yourk City - Hudson Yards to Washington, D.C. - Metro Center
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$99
Schedules at
thejet.coach
Book at
booking.thejet.coach
Go Buses
Phone
1 855-888-7160
Email
reservations@gobuses.com
Website
gobuses.com
Bus from Manhattan, NY to L’Enfant Plaza, DC
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
gobuses.com
Eagle Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from New York City to Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Book at
gotobus.com

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 16m.

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New York to Washington bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Washington DC station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between New York to Washington is 229 miles. It takes approximately 4h 4m to drive from New York to Washington.

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

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