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. Overnight trains may also have sleeper cars (based on staffing).

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 stops at some of the same stations and is a slightly faster travel option, and meals 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.


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:

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


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.

Major Stops

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


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