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There are 6 ways to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster by train, bus, car, subway, plane or towncar

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Train  •  4h 22m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia Acela / ...
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster Keystone Service / ...

$59 - $206

Cheapest option

Bus, train via FARRAGUT WEST station  •  6h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia, PA Wdc
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster Keystone Service / ...

$42 - $76

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Bus, train  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Washington, DC - Union Station to Philadelphia Megabus Stop
  2. Take the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster Keystone Service / ...

$43 - $67

Drive  •  2h 21m

  1. Drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster 115.8 miles

$11 - $17

Subway, fly  •  3h 7m

  1. Take the subway from NATIONAL AIRPORT station to ROSSLYN station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Lancaster (LNS) IAD - LNS

$98 - $233

Towncar  •  2h 21m

  1. Take a town car from Reagan Washington Airport to Lancaster 115.8 miles

$280 - $390

Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster by subway, walk, bus and train

The journey time between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Lancaster is around 7h 12m and covers a distance of around 215 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 4h 57m. Operated by Metro Washington DC, Megabus and Amtrak, the Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster service departs from NATIONAL AIRPORT station and arrives in Lancaster. Typically 20 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
7h 12m
Fastest journey time:
4h 57m
Journey distance:
215 miles
Services per week:
20
Cheapest price:
$42
Carbon emissions:
34 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:46
Last service departs at:
20:46

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster subway, walk, bus and train schedules

Subway services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) → Lancaster
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The cheapest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 21m.

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No, there is no direct train from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) station to Lancaster. However, there are services departing from NATIONAL AIRPORT station and arriving at Lancaster via GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN station, Washington Union Station and Philadelphia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 22m.

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The distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Lancaster is 91 miles. The road distance is 115.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster without a car is to train which takes 4h 22m and costs $55 - $210.

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It takes approximately 4h 22m to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster, including transfers.

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Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, depart from Washington Union Station.

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The quickest flight from Washington Dulles Airport to Lancaster Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Lancaster station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster is 116 miles. It takes approximately 2h 21m to drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster.

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Map of how to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster.
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  • Distance: 91.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 22m

What companies run services between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA), USA and Lancaster, PA, USA?

You can take a train from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Lancaster via GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN station, UNION STATION station, Washington Union Station, and Philadelphia in around 4h 22m.

Airlines
Southern Airways Express
Website
iflysouthern.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Train operators
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 Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$110 - $160
First Class
$130 - $260
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 Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
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 Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Philadelphia to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$35 - $50
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from NATIONAL AIRPORT station to ROSSLYN station
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
wmata.com
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia, PA
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
megabus.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Washington, DC - Union Station to Philadelphia Megabus Stop
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
boltbus.com
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

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Towncar from Reagan Washington Airport to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$280 - $390
Private
$280 - $390

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Southern Airways Express offers flights from Washington Dulles Airport to Lancaster Airport.

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