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New York to Washington DC Day Trip by Rail

New York, United States
New York to Washington DC Day Trip by Rail

From USD 350.94

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 16 hours
  • Paper ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the America’s most historic landmarks and museums on a full-day trip to Washington D.C. from New York City. Start with a scenic journey by rail, then enjoy a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock Café upon arrival in Washington.  Board a double-decker bus for a sightseeing tour of the city, and enjoy the freedom to hop-on and hop-off so you can explore the sights that interest you most. Visit D.C.’s marble memorials, moving cemeteries and government buildings at your own pace, then board an evening train back to NYC.
  • Full-day tour from NYC to Washington, D.C.
  • Explore the capital at your own pace
  • Enjoy a 2-course lunch at Hard Rock
  • Hop-on and hop-off a sightseeing bus
  • Round trip train fare included

What's Included

  • Roundtrip Train Ticket to Washington DC from NY Penn Station
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour in Washington DC
  • Hard Rock Cafe 2 Course Lunch w/ Unlimited Non-Alcoholic Drinks - Priority Skip the Line Seating

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Pennsylvania Station
      New York, NY 10119, USA

    Start time

    05:00 am

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Arlington National Cemetery (Pass By)

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Pass By)

    Ford's Theatre (Pass By)

    Union Station (Pass By)

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Pass By)

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Pass By)

    Smithsonian Institution Building (Pass By)

    National Air and Space Museum (Pass By)

    U.S. Capitol (Pass By)

    International Spy Museum (Pass By)

    Smithsonian American Art Museum (Pass By)

    Penn Station

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Madame Tussauds DC (Pass By)

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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        Q:Is hotel pickup included for the Washington DC Day Trip?

        A:Hotel pickup is not available for this tour. You will have to make your own way to the meeting location listed in the 'Departure & Return" section above.

        Dec. 2022

        Q:Is parking available at the pickup point for the Washington DC Day Trip?

        A:There are various parking lots available near the departure point (parking rates apply and vary based on location), however, it is highly recommended to utilize public transportation or a ride-share service.

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        Q:Can I bring an infant with me on the Washington DC Day Trip?

        A:Absolutely! Please be sure to select the appropriate number of infants and children that will be traveling with you when making your reservation.

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        Q:What type of vehicle is used for the Washington DC Day Trip?

        A:From New York City, you will board a train direct to Washington DC. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore DC on your own along with tickets for a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the city.

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        Q:Are car seats available for use during the Washington DC Day Trip?

        A:As this tour uses train transportation, child seats are not required.

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        Q:Can I bring a stroller for my child?

        A:Yes - Please notate that you will be bringing a stroller with approximate folded dimensions in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout if you plan to bring one.

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        Q:Is the New York to Washington DC Day Trip handicap accessible?

        A:This tour is handicap accessible, If you have special needs, please be sure to list them in the 'Special Requirements box at checkout. If you will be bringing a wheelchair, please be sure to specify if it is collapsible or not and whether or not the guest can walk a few steps and climb into/out of the train/bus.

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        Q:Is the Washington DC hop-on-hop-off tour narrated?

        A:Yes, the hop-on-hop-off tour is fully narrated by knowledgeable, expert guides.

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        Q:Are food and drinks allowed on the Washington DC hop-on-hop-off Tour?

        A:Yes, food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all guests.

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        Q:Is the Washington DC Day Trip available in languages other than English?

        A:The audio narration available on the hop-on-hop-off bus in Washington DC is available in several languages. Your guide will speak English.

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        8 reviews
        Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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        hubert_l, Nov 2022
        First I took my ticket on a Thursday, 1 1/2 day later they told me I have to pay 200 dollar’s more if I want to take the train. At Pennsylvania station nobody waiting for me. In Washington nobody. So I did a tour by myself. No possibility to have contact with anybody. I wrote at the French embassy to tell them. They stole me and I will say all people come in the us
        Be prepared for a long day it is...
        Jennifer L, Nov 2017
        Be prepared for a long day it is worth it. Started 5.30am finished around 8.30pm. NY Penn station very busy, staff friendly . Train trip both ways comfortable , Washington DC train station has all the facilities you require ie food and bathrooms. Bus tour : hop on hop off - at your leisure Hard Rock Cafe I couldnt fit in as many exhibits as I wanted too , one day is definitely not enough time Enjoyable day and a must to see if you can spare a full day .
        Response from Host, July 2019
        Thank you for taking the time and writing a review
        Great trip and really worthwhile...
        Claire G, Sept 2017
        Great trip and really worthwhile doing. Was a very long day we were booked onto the train from NY Penn station at 5:30am and train back was at 19:10pm but despite being really tired we would recommend. Plenty of time to do the whole tour and hop on and off bus to see the sights. We did the White House, Lincoln memorial, Capital Hill, Space museum and Arlington cemetery tour plus plenty of time tor lunch and to be back for the train. Make sure you arrive back at Union St in plenty of time....even though the train was scheduled for 19:10pm, they started lining passengers up to board at around 18:30pm.
        This day trip is well worth the...
        GEORGE M, Aug 2017
        This day trip is well worth the journey and the experience. I enjoyed the day immensely. I recommend this for anyone who likes to generally explore by themselves and who are not keen on an all day guided tour. This was a DIY trip, with train journey, hop on and off bus and meal at Hard Rock Cafe. I was booked on a train at 6am from New York to Washington DC. The journey time was 3 and half hours. Quicker than by bus and cheaper than by plane. The train is better in my opinion than by plane because your travelling from city centre to city centre, without the hassle of travelling to and from an airport. For a foreigner the journey by train gets you to see the surroundings on route to DC, you get to see New Jersey, Maryland and it passes through Philadelphia and Baltimore. A pleasant journey there and back. In Washington DC you have plenty of time to see the sights as you have time to explore from 9.30am until your train journey back to New York at 7pm. Make sure you get to the station at least 45 minutes before so you can be at the front of the queue guaranteeing a good seat back to NYC. I got to see a lot in Washington DC using the hop on and off trolly. Well worth it and the drivers of the trolly were enthusiastic guides, who enlightened your experience. They were knowledgeable and well informative. I also had a chance to visit one of the museums and visited most of the monuments in my own time. Before i returned to the station i ate at Hard Rock cafe. It was a good meal. A good day, very hot and tiring but worth it. Two pieces of advice, bring a camera, bring a hat if its sunny, sun cream if its to hot and umbrella if it rains. I arrived back at NYC at 10.30pm ready for bed. Enjoy!

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