Boston to NYC on Amtrak: Things to know

Acela Express Amtrak train in Boston

Planning an Amtrak trip from Boston to New York? Good news is that it is a relatively easy commute with multiple departure times and trains on two routes: Acela Express and Northeast Regional. See information on schedules and other things to know below.


Many trains each day depart from Boston and travel to New York City. Acela Express departs at 5 a.m., the earliest departure time. There is also a 6:10 a.m. Northeast Regional train, and trains on both routes depart almost every hour after that point. The last train departs Boston at 9:30 p.m.

View Amtrak timetables for details or view schedule options when booking your tickets.

Trip Time

  • On the Acela Express, it is almost four hours between Boston and New York City.
  • On the Northeast Regional, the trip is 30 minutes longer.

Note that it takes the same amount of time to drive between the two cities, making this train trip an excellent alternative to driving, especially on holiday weekends or in bad weather.

Other Things to Know

  • Board trains at either the Boston South Station or the Boston Back Bay Station.
  • All Amtrak trains arrive at New York’s Penn Station for easy transfers to the subway or commuter trains.
  • Select trains have bicycle storage racks (look for the bicycle icon on the printed timetables)
  • Cafes, WiFi and quiet cars are available on all trains, but you can only check baggage on the 9:30 p.m. Northeast Regional train. Otherwise, bring your luggage on the train with you for storage in overhead racks.
  • Sit on the left side of the train for the best views and in the middle of the train car for less disturbance from passengers walking around.

More Information

Boston South Station Guide
New York Penn Station Guide