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.
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.
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.
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 www.amtrakvirginia.com
Burke Center, VA
Union Station (DC)
11:20am (departs 12:02pm)
1:35pm (departs 2:20pm)
New Carrollton, MD
Penn Station (NYC)
New Haven, CT
Please refer to www.amtrakvirginia.com for additional stops not shown in this quick reference chart including Lynchburg (VA), Culpepper (VA), New Jersey, Stamford (CT), Providence (RI), and Springfield (MA).
Amtrak's Northeast Regional trains provide service to the BWI Marshall Rail Station, where free shuttles serve the airport terminal. Shuttle stops are located on the lower level terminal roadway in between door numbers 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 14 & 15, and 17 & 18. The BWI Rail Station is located one mile from the terminal building. To contact the BWI Marshall Rail Station, please call 410-672-6169. Click here for more information.