The Northeast Regional Amtrak route is a popular rail service between Boston and Newport News, Virginia. With many stops at large U.S. cities, the train is a convenient way to get around the east coast for business or pleasure. While on board, enjoy WiFi, a quiet car, cafe and business class seating.

Things to Know

  • Amtrak maintains a service alert page and Twitter account for delays and notices regarding the Northeast coordinator routes
  • Acela Express stops at some of the same stations and is a faster rail option by 30 minutes if you are traveling between Boston and Washington D.C. (or major cities in between)
  • There are other Amtrak routes that use the same rail line, with frequent trains at many of the stations. You can use Google Maps to find the best train option based on your desired departure or arrival time


Visit the Amtrak website for timetables or view current schedules when booking your tickets. Highlights:

  • Trains are frequent, but leave extra time if you are boarding at Penn Station in New York as the station can be a bit of a maze to navigate
  • Commute time between Boston and New York City is about four hours and only one hour between New York City and Philadelphia.
  • New York City-DC service starts between 3 and 4 a.m.with a trip time of approximately 3.5 hours
  • There is an overnight train that departs from Boston in the evening and arrives in the morning in DC, or wait for the earliest Boston departure at 6 a.m.


Highlights from Northeast Regional online reviews:

  • Acela isn’t worth the extra cost; Northeast Regional is fine
  • Consider bringing on your own food to save money and eat better (cafe only available on board)
  • Temperatures can be extreme on the train, so wear or bring layers
  • Customer service can be inconsistent
  • There are scenic water and bridge views between New York City and DC.

Major Stops

  • Boston
  • Providence
  • Hartford
  • New Haven
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Baltimore
  • Washington D.C.
  • Charlottesville
  • Fredericksburg
  • Roanoke
  • Richmond
  • Norfolk
  • Williamsburg
  • Newport News



  • Downtown Boston
  • Brown University
  • Rhode Island State House
  • Thames River
  • Ikea New Haven
  • Knights of Columbus Museum
  • Manhattan
  • Penn Station
  • 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
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Museum of Transportation
  • Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Taubman Museum of At
  • Fredericksburg City Dock Park
  • Edgar Allen Poe Museum
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Harbor Park Stadium
  • Norfolk State University
  • Elizabeth River
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Virginia War Museum
  • Huntington Park