Acela Express trains travel between Boston and Washington D.C. multiple times a day. Choose a first-class upgrade for complimentary meal service and free beverages along with hot towels. All passengers can stop by the on-board cafe and have access to free WiFi and electrical outlets at seats.

Things to Know

  • The Acela Express is 30-40 minutes faster than the Northeast Regional train
  • First class seating has single seat options, so you don’t have to sit next to anyone
  • Busy times/full trains tend to be Monday morning and in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday.


View the Amtrak timetable for the Acela Express (listed under Northeast Corridor) to plan your trip. You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • Southbound trains depart about every hour starting around 5 a.m. in Boston
  • Trip time is 3.5 to 4 hours between Boston and New York City
  • Trip time between New York and DC is about three hours
  • The first northbound train departs Washington D.C. around 5 a.m.


Top tips and takeaways from passenger reviews:

  • Comfortable seats
  • Acela can be quieter than the Northeast Regional train and gets priority on the tracks
  • It is cheaper and just as comfortable to ride business class on the Northeast Regional trains (not all reviewers found it worth the extra cost to ride Acela unless it was a business expense)
  • There are some great views of Manhattan when you are traveling northbound from New York City

Major Stops

  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore
  • Washington D.C.


Note that different trains stop at different stations, though all stop at the five major cities above.


  • Boston
  • Brown University
  • Rhode Island State House
  • Thames River
  • Ikea New Haven
  • Knights of Columbus Museum
  • Manhattan
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Empire State Building
  • Drexel University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Schuylkill River Trail
  • Delaware History Museum
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • The Delaware Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Wilmington Rowing Center
  • U.S. Capitol
  • Washington D.C. Museums

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