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There are 13 ways to get from Washington, DC to New York by train, bus, night train, car, plane or subway

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  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station

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Bus via New York

  1. Take the bus from Washington DC to New York

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Washington, DC - Union Station to Penn Station NY

Bus via New York City

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

Night train

  1. Take the night train from Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station

Drive

  1. Drive from Washington, DC to New York

Fly Reagan Washington to New York La Guardia, train

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to New York La Guardia (LGA)
  2. Take the train from Woodside to New York Penn Station

Fly Reagan Washington to New York JFK, train

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

Fly Reagan Washington to Newark, train

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

Train to Baltimore, fly to New York JFK

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

Subway to Washington Dulles, fly to New York La Guardia

  1. Take the subway from Metro Center, Blue/Orange/Silver Line Center Platform to Washington Dulles International Airport, Silver Line Center Platform
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to New York La Guardia (LGA)

Subway to Washington Dulles, fly to Newark

  1. Take the subway from Metro Center, Blue/Orange/Silver Line Center Platform to Washington Dulles International Airport, Silver Line Center Platform
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Newark (EWR)

Fly Reagan Washington to White Plains, train

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

Washington, DC to New York by train

The train journey time between Washington, DC and New York is around 2h 49m and covers a distance of around 226 miles. Operated by Amtrak Acela, Amtrak Northeast Regional and Amtrak, the Washington, DC to New York train service departs from Washington Union Station and arrives in New York Penn Station. Typically 248 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

248 Weekly Trains
2h 49m Average Duration
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The cheapest way to get from Washington, DC to New York is to bus via New York which costs $18 - $60 and takes 4h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from Washington, DC to New York is to train. Taking this option will cost $20 - $250 and takes 2h 49m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Washington Union Station station and arriving at New York Penn Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 49m.

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The distance between Washington, DC and New York is 205 miles. The road distance is 227 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington, DC to New York without a car is to train which takes 2h 49m and costs $20 - $250.

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The train from Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station takes 2h 49m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Washington, DC to New York bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Washington DC station.

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Washington, DC to New York train services, operated by Amtrak Acela, depart from Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Washington, DC to New York is to train which takes 2h 49m and costs $20 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $50 and takes 4h 3m.

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  • Distance: 205 miles
  • Duration: 2h 49m

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

Amtrak Acela operates a train from Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $250 and the journey takes 2h 49m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Best Bus operates a bus from Washington, DC - Union Station to Penn Station NY twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 4h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $450
Flights from Washington Dulles to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $430
Flights from Reagan Washington to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $390
Flights from Baltimore to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $370
Flights from Washington Dulles to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $420
Flights from Reagan Washington to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Reagan Washington to White Plains
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Air Senegal
Website
flyairsenegal.com
Flights from Baltimore to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$11 - $220
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 Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
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 - $200
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$190 - $350
First Class - Adult
$210 - $380
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 4 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 Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$20 - $65
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $130
Business Class Seat
$65 - $170
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $70
Website
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 Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $95
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Long Island Rail Road
Phone
+1 718-217-5477
Website
new.mta.info
Train from Woodside to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Website
LIRR
Off Peak
$6 - $9
Peak
$3 - $12
Train from Jamaica to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $13
Website
LIRR
Off Peak
$7 - $10
Peak
$4 - $13
NJ Transit
Phone
+1 973-275-5555
Website
njtransit.com
Train from Newark Airport Railroad Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
njtransit.com
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from Metro Center, Blue/Orange/Silver Line Center Platform to Washington Dulles International Airport, Silver Line Center Platform
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Website
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Senior / Disabled
$2 - $4
Standard Fare
$3 - $6
Metro-North Railroad (MNR)
Phone
+1 877-690-5116
Website
mta.info
Train from White Plains to Grand Central
Ave. Duration
55 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
Best Bus
Website
bestbus.com
Bus from Washington, DC - Union Station to Penn Station NY
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
bestbus.com
Adult
$30 - $50
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Washington DC to New York Midtown
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
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 Union Station, Washington, DC to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
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 Washington, DC to New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
4 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 Washington to New York
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $75
Washington Deluxe
Website
washny.com
Bus from Union Station to New York - Times Square
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$36
Book at
gotobus.com
Eagle Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Washington, DC to New York City
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Book at
gotobus.com

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to New York La Guardia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 9m.

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

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

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