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Best way of traveling from New York to Washington DC? Public transport!

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New York to Washington D.C on Public Transport – New York City is one of the greatest & most iconic cities in the world, filled with skyscrapers such Empire State Building, one world trade center and the Rockefeller centre!

In addition, to it being a melting pot for culture, from Chinatown to Little Italy.

Whereas, Washington D.C is historic home of the US government & politics. From the Iconic White House, to the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial and plenty of fine dining Restaurants, Washington D.C is a powerful place to visit.

D.C is also home to captivating Cherry Blossom festival a FREE event which sees hundreds of Cherry blossom trees bloom, this is partnered with one of the best Parades in the USA and a Kite Festival.

National cherry-blossom festival Washington-dc

National cherry-blossom festival Washington-dc

How long is the drive from New York City to Washington DC?

The Drive between Washington DC from New York City takes approximately 4hr 19 mins and covers 227 miles.

How Long is the Bus from New York City to Washington DC?

The average bus from WashingtonDC to New York takes four to four and a half hours.

How long is the train journey from New York City to Washington DC?

The average train between New York City and Washington DC takes three hours and 20 minutes on average.

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New York to Washington DC: Public Transport Comparison

Best Transport Methods between New York and Washington DC Table
Car/RV4hr 19 mins9.1 gallons. $26 (depending upon mpg/route)An independent road trip where you can stop whenever you like!
Train2hr 56 mins$35-$55

Silver Star/Crescent/Acela  (Hourly)

Bus3hrs$35Vamoose Bus
Flight1hr 15mins$60-$430New York La Guardia Airport – Reagan Washington

Which is the best way of traveling from New York to Washington DC?

From the Table above we evaluated which is the best transport options between New York and Washington DC. Now this all depends on personal preference.

However, from the data it’s clear that the Bus or Train is the cheapest method (If you don’t already own a car). They are also the fastest methods taking approximately 3 hours.

If you just want to head direct to Washington DC, I would purchase an advanced ticket for the train which would skip the Notorious New York City traffic and get you there in good time.

However, If you would like to stop off along the way in cities such as Philadelphia & Baltimore as we did then you should rent a car!

See: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!



Day Trips between New York & Washington DC?

If you would like a simple self guided or guided tour to Washington DC, then you should definitely take a tour.

I recommended the  “Washington, DC by Train from Viator” package, you’ll get access to a self-guided tour which includes train travel to DC, a food court lunch, and a hop-on-hop-off tour of the city.

Road Trip Between New York & Washington DC:

Due to the amount of great cities along the way and the pure independence,  we decided on a classic all american Road Trip between New York & Chicago.

Enroute we stopped at some amazing cities and destinations!  See our Itinerary below:

  1. New York City 
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore
  4. Washington D.C

For our full road trip see: New York City to Chicago Road Trip: Itinerary/Map

philadelphia-road trip

philadelphia-road trip

Why you should visit Washington D.C?

Washington DC is the Capital of the United States and home to many federal buildings & iconic landmarks such as the Whitehouse, Washington Monument and the capitol. In addition, Washington D.C is also home to many iconic museums, war memorials and performing-arts centres, such as the Kennedy Centre.

Insider Tip:

There are lots of parking garages close to the iconic landmarks. A good one is at 600 D St NW close to the Newseum. From there you can walk to most of the major landmarks.

Things to see in Washington D.C:

1. The Newseum

This is a really unique Museum, the idea of the museum is to capture the essence of free speech & expression.

It has a newspaper wall which contains headlines from some of the most iconic events in U.S history such as after 9/11.  Other highlights include, pieces of the Berlin wall and remains of the world trade center!

The Newseum Washington DC Road Trip

The Newseum Washington DC Road Trip


Head to Capital Grille

After making headlines, head just across the street to The Capital Grille. Here you can find an array of delicious foods: from steaks to seafood, & soups.

2. Walk down to the National Mall

Next take a stroll down the National Mall, a park which stretches a couple of miles  from the Capital Building on the East to Lincoln Memorial on the west.

3. Martin Luther King Memorial

An historic place, close to the World War 2 Memorial. This wall is dedicated to late Martin Luther King. The civil rights leader who “Had a dream!”

4. Washington Monument – The worlds tallest obelisk! 

Check out the Washington Monument, the worlds tallest obelisk which stands at 555 feet tall!

It was built in 1888 and was the worlds tallest structure before the Eiffel tower was built in 1889. For more info see: 10 Tallest Observation Towers in the USA

Best Fireworks Washington D.C.

The Best Fireworks in Washington, D.C. Img Src: Source: The Biggest & Best Fireworks in the USA

5. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Just a short walk away is the Three Soldiers a Vietnam War memorial. There is also the Memorial Wall which names the soldiers who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam war from 1959.

6. The Lincoln Memorial

Take a walk up the steps to the famous gigantic statue of honest Abe Lincoln. This is an iconic place but it can get really busy during the afternoon!

Insider Tip:

Not many people know but It is possible to arrange a tour of the White House.(Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. For more info see )

7. The White House

Home of the President, head to the Iconic Whitehouse. For the best view take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Insider Tip:

If your here during April, you HAVE TO VISIT THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! These are captivating and offer fairytale beauty. For more info see:

21 Epic Flower/Garden Festivals: U.S.A

Blossom Kite festival Washington D.C

Blossom Kite festival Washington D.C

Where to stay in Washington D.C?

For our full list of recommended places to stay in Washington D.C, follow the link HERE

Road Trip Tips:

How to get the best car rental Deals?

Check out: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!

car rental travel hacks

Renting a Car is the perfect way to travel the USA!

Would you like to know the 3 secrets to get discounted hotel deals?

Check out: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??

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