Take the Train from DC to NYC: A Quicker Alternative to Buses

The Northeast Regional Train Saves Your Travel Time and Cost


Save up to 90 minutes of travel time each way compared to NYC - DC buses.

Get 25% off when you book 14 days in advance.

Enjoy your reserved seats with space and comfort.

Arrive at NYC Penn Station or Washington, DC Union Station.

Spend more time at your destination. With approximately 22 daily departures, the Amtrak Northeast Regional train runs hourly from NYC to DC (and vice versa) and shaves off up to 90 minutes of travel time each way compared to buses from NYC to DC (or DC to NYC buses)

Whatever your schedule, Amtrak has a departure that works for you. With early morning and late night departures, as well as everything in between, our convenient departure times make planning your NYC - DC trip a snap. The average bus from Washington, DC to New York takes four to four and a half hours. On Amtrak, your travel time is cut down to three hours and 20 minutes on average. And when you book your ticket 14 days in advance, you'll enjoy heavy discounts - save 25% off the lowest available fares. There's no special discount code; simply choose the Adult or Child passenger type when booking to receive the discounted fare.


You won't compromise space and comfort on Amtrak like on the Washington to New York bus. With Amtrak, once you book your ticket — online, through our mobile applications, 24 hours by phone or at the station — you are guaranteed a reclining seat with ample legroom in one of our air conditioned cars. Stretch out and relax in your seat, and then take a stroll down to the Café Car to pick up some snacks, sandwiches or pizza and beverages, including soda, liquor, wine and beer. All NYC - DC Northeast Regional trains offer WiFi, so you can stay productive or simply have some fun while en route to your destination.

When you ride on Amtrak, you depart and arrive from New York Penn Station and Washington, DC Union Station, centrally located hubs near many hotels, restaurants, attractions and public transit options. Walking, hailing a cab or jumping on the subway to finish your trip once you arrive at the station is easy.

So if you're considering the bus from Washington, DC to New York, instead book your ticket on Amtrak and enjoy a quicker ride with greater conveniences. Don't forget to top off your trip with a hotel, car rental in New York or DC.