How to Book Train Travel from Boston to Washington, DC


Washington, DC is the capital of the United States, named in honor of the first U.S. President, George Washington. Home to numerous museums and national landmarks, Washington is a popular tourist attraction, and can easily reached by train from Boston.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with internet access

Book Your Train Travel to Washington, DC

  • Take Amtrak's Regional Rail or Acela Express to get from Boston to Washington, DC quickly. Travel time averages 6 to 7 hours on the Express and 7 to 9 hours on the Regional.

  • Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak's web site in the "Resources" section below. On the web site, you can book your train reservations via Amtrak's Fare Finder. You can also navigate the site if you have a PDA, Blackberry or other handheld device.

  • If you ordered your tickets online or by phone, pick them up at a ticket agent or at one of the Quik-Trak kiosks that can be found at many Amtrak locations (you'll need to enter your reservation number). If you've booked your trip far in advance, you can also request that your tickets be mailed to you.

  • Pick up your tickets from an agent or from a Quik-Trak kiosk at the Boston train station. Note that you will need your reservation number for as well.

Navigate Your Way Around Washington, DC

  • Give yourself time to explore more than 100 restaurants, gift shops and boutiques that line the two levels of concourses at Union Station.

  • Bring your appetite to one of the many restaurants found throughout Union Station, or the food court located on the lower level.

  • Take in a movie at the nine-screen American Multi-Cinema complex located on the lower level of Union Station.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take advantage of the free Red Cap service at the Boston train station if you need assistance with your baggage.
  • Consider purchasing a sleeper or first class ticket, which will allow you access to the ClubAcela lounge at Union Station in Washington, DC. The lounge is equipped with a snack bar, reading materials, conference rooms and fax machines.
  • Go wireless with your PDA, laptop, or other portable device by taking advantage of the internet access available to sleeper, first-class and business-class ticket holders. There are some power outlets in coach class, but they're limited in number and usually go quickly.
  • There are two exits from Union Station to street level--one leading to Massachusetts Avenue and the other to 1st Street NE.
  • Note that you cannot reserve handicapped-accessible space online. Instead, you must call Amtrak, or visit the ticket office at Boston South Station.

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