Why Acela?

Get Comfortable. Be Productive. Save Time. Save Money. Go Green.

How would you like to get to your next business meeting or family reunion? Would you like to hassle with finding a taxi or driving (and parking) at the airport, fighting traffic along the way only to find yourself running to your plane where a small, cramped seat awaits you?

Or would you prefer to walk from your office or the subway to the Amtrak station, where you can board a train with wide reclining seats equipped with power outlets? Our Acela trains offer hourly service to destinations throughout the Northeast Corridor, with first- and business-class seating options and free WiFi. Stretch your legs with a stroll to the Café Acela or, if you're traveling in First Class, enjoy at-seat dining service. All Acela trains now offer reserved seating in Business and First Class, offering more peace of mind knowing your seat is waiting for you.

The answer is clear: Acela is the smarter way to go, saving you time, money and hassles when traveling from DC to New York and Boston.

Productivity and Comfort

Plug in or tune out — the choice is yours. Acela trains offer free WiFi and wide seats equipped with power outlets and tabletops, so whether you came to work or play, the space is there for you to kick back and enjoy the ride.

  Acela Airline Shuttle
Seat width (maximum)
23" 19"
Seat pitch (maximum)
42" 31"
AC electrical outlets
Adjacent to each seat No
Available conference tables
Yes No


When you add it all up, Acela just makes sense. Take a look at the time and money savings by traveling on Amtrak from mid-town Manhattan to Union Station in Washington, DC.


In the Northeast Corridor, trains like Acela are 100% electric, and approximately one third of the energy used in the NEC is generated by carbon-free sources. Traveling on all electric trains like Acela produces significantly less CO2 emissions compared to flying or a personal automobile.

Café Acela is open to all our Acela passengers and offers bistro menu selections freshly prepared to your liking in minutes. Acela First Class passengers enjoy our rotating at-seat menu service and cuisine typically found in fine dining restaurants.

Arrive at your location relaxed and revived by traveling in Acela First Class. Enjoy spacious seating with at-seat service in a quiet, elegant atmosphere, as well as complimentary meals, priority boarding, beverages, hot towels and newspapers. You’ll also enjoy privileged access to station lounges in Boston - South Station, New York - Moynihan Train Hall, Philadelphia - William H Gray III 30th Street Station and Washington - Union Station.

Did you know trains consume 34 percent less energy per passenger-mile compared to airplanes, and 46 percent less energy than automobiles? Yet with two powerful electric propulsion engine locomotives on each train, Acela generates enough strength and speed to get you from city to city safely and efficiently.