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Beat the Bus from Richmond to DC with a Smart Alternative

Budget Train Travel from Richmond to DC on Amtrak

Downtown Richmond, VA Skyline at Night

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

I-95 traffic from Richmond to Washington can bring on stress and travel delays. Skip the bus from Richmond to DC or the bus from DC to Richmond and leave your car at home: with multiple daily departures, including hourly morning service from Richmond, the Amtrak Northeast Regional train delivers you to the heart of these cities feeling refreshed and recharged.

Whether you are traveling for business, a weekend getaway or a college trip, Amtrak station locations make completing your travel from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC (and vice versa) a breeze. Washington, DC Union Station is centrally located near attractions, restaurants, hotels and other public transportation, and travel from or to one of two train stations in Richmond: one on Main Street (RVM) in downtown Richmond, about two miles from Virginia Commonwealth University and the other on Staples Mill Road (RVR) nearby the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

  • No beach and commuter traffic on I-95
  • 25% off when you book 14 days in advance
  • Student, military and other passenger discounts
  • Reserved seats with many onboard amenities
  • More departure and arrival points than the DC to Richmond bus (and vice versa)

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA

Studying at American University, University of Richmond or any of the other dozens of colleges and universities in the DC and Richmond area? Students save 10% on Amtrak with a Student Advantage Card ; active-duty US military personnel (as well as their families) receive a 10% discount and get to jump to the front of the ticket line. And for all passengers, book your ticket 14 days in advance to enjoy great discounts - save 25% off the lowest available fares.

So if you're considering the DC to Richmond bus or Richmond to DC bus, instead book your ticket on Amtrak - online, through our mobile applications, 24 hours by phone or at the station. Enjoy a reclining seat in an air conditioned car with electric outlets for your mobile devices, free Wi-Fi® and extra storage space for your luggage. Settle in, then take a trip to the Café Car for a sandwich, snack or beverage. In our Quiet Car, cell phones are silent and conversation is kept to a minimum, so you can completely relax throughout the ride.

Don't forget to complete your trip with our best price guaranteed hotels, car rentals and prearranged things to do in your destination. 

Top left photo: National Park Service; bottom right photo: Don Williamson