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 slightly faster rail option with meal service in first class


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

More Information

Amtrak travel between NYC and Philadelphia
Amtrak travel from Boston to New York