Travel by Rail


Charlottesville is served by three Amtrak intercity passenger rail routes. The Charlottesville Amtrak Station (CVS) is conveniently located between U.Va and Downtown. Students can easily get to the downtown station on the Charlottesville Area Transit's (CAT) Free Trolley and Route 7 which students can ride for free with their valid U.Va ID.


  • Northeast Regional
    The Northeast Regional offers convenient and affordable travel up and down the Northeast Corridor. The Northeast Regional originates in Lynchburg with destinations in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, BWI, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and as far as Boston. Click here for the Northeast Regional Brochure (.pdf)

    The Northeast Regional leaves Charlottesville daily at 8:52am (Monday-Friday) and at 11:13am (Saturday and Sunday). Commuters heading to DC can arrive in just over 2 hours.

Amtrak Passenger Rail

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  • Cardinal
    The Cardinal operates between New York and Chicago three days a week, offering unforgettable views of the Southeast's stunning natural beauty.

    The Cardinal departs Charlottesville at 2:47pm towards New York City on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The Cardinal departs Charlottesville at 1:55pm towards Chicago on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • Crescent
    The Crescent offers convenient daily service between New York City and New Orleans. Enjoy a hot dinner in the Dining Car and mingle with your fellow travelers in the Lounge Car.

    The Crescent departs Charlottesville at 7:20am towards New York City daily. The Crescent departs Charlottesville at 8:52pm towards New Orleans daily.

Using Amtrak To Get Home

Many students may find Amtrak to be a convenient means of getting home on the weekends and during breaks and holidays. The following may help some students traveling to Northern Virginia to visit family or catch a flight.

The Northeast Regional provides daily service between Charlottesville and Northern VA, including Union Station in Washington DC and the BWI Airport in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here for the Northeast Regional Brochure (.pdf)

Northeast Regional Timetable

Note: Please confirm times with Amtrak. The following is a meant as a quick reference for students. Students should always consult Amtrak's most current schedules prior to making travel plans. Please visit

City Monday-Friday Saturday-Sunday
Charlottesville, VA 8:52am 11:13am
Manassas, VA 10:19am 12:39pm
Burke Center, VA 10:36am 12:56pm
Alexandria, VA 11:05am 1:21pm
Union Station (DC) 11:20am (departs 12:02pm) 1:35pm (departs 2:20pm)
New Carrollton, MD 12:14pm 2:32pm
BWI Airport 12:30pm 2:48pm
Baltimore, MD 12:45pm 3:04pm
Philadelphia, PA 1:52pm 4:16pm
Penn Station (NYC) 3:19pm 5:46pm
New Haven, CT 5:06pm N/A
Boston, MA 7:55pm N/A
Please refer to for additional stops not shown in this quick reference chart including Lynchburg (VA), Culpepper (VA), New Jersey, Stamford (CT), Providence (RI), and Springfield (MA).
  Northeast Regional Route

Transferring to Airports

Washington DC Metro
MARC:  Maryland Area Regional Commuter
Please visit the WMATA website for up-to-date information, rail and bus schedules, and an easy-to-use Trip Planner.