The Northeast Regional Amtrak route is a popular rail service between Boston and Norfolk, 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. Several late-night trains also have sleeper cars, so you can book a roomette or bedroom for your trip.

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

Schedule

You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.

Schedule highlights:

  • Trains are frequent, but leave extra time if you are boarding at Penn Station in New York
  • Boston-DC trip time is around 8 hours
  • Boston-New York trip time is about 4 hours
  • New York City-DC trip time is approximately 3.5 hours
  • New York City-Philadelphia trip time is about 1 hour

Reviews

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)
  • It can be cold on the train, so wear or bring warm clothing
  • 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

Stations

Attractions

  • 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