The Northeast Regional Amtrak route is a popular rail service on the East Coast of the United States. Trains travel in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. There are multiple trains each day, making it easy to commute to and from major cities for work or pleasure. While on board, enjoy WiFi, a quiet car, café and business class seating.

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Things to Know

  • The multiple Northeast Regional trains stop at different stations.
  • No checked baggage on this train, so avoid bringing large suitcases or heavy bags. You can store items above your seat and racks are available at one end of each rail car, but space is limited.
  • Acela trains stop at some of the same stations and is a slightly faster travel option. Meals are included if you purchase first-class tickets.
  • Be at Penn Station in New York 45 minutes to an hour before the train departure, especially if it is your first time visiting the station.
  • Amtrak maintains a service alert page and Twitter account for delays and notices regarding the Northeast corridor routes.

Schedule Highlights

  • Boston-DC trip time is around 8 hours.
  • Boston-NYC trip time is just over 4 hours.
  • NYC-DC trip time is approximately 3.5 hours.
  • NYC-Philadelphia trip time is about 1.5 hours.
  • Boston-Norfolk trip time is 13.5 hours.

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Ticket prices vary based on distance traveled and how far in advance you buy your tickets. For the best deals, purchase at least three weeks in advance. You can travel in coach between Boston and New York City and Washington D.C. and New York City for as low as $30. Tickets between Philadelphia and New York City can be as low as $20.

Business class seats are also available, but you’ll pay at least two times the coach fare.

Business Class

A business class car is located in the rear of the Northeast Regional trains. The seats have more legroom and non-alcoholic beverages are free. There are also two conference tables with four seats around each, which is a great option if you plan to work on the train.

Another perk of business class is assigned seating (no assigned seats in coach). You’ll automatically receive a seat assignment after buying your ticket, but you can change it online.

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