Union Station

Description And Comments

Union Station is the central hub for Amtrak, Acela, and Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia train lines, plus the Washington Metro’s Red Line metro trains, plus bus service by Greyhound, Megabus, BoltBus, and more. If you’re taking a train, bus, or Metro to Washington, it’ll probably stop here.

As travel writers, we love a good train station. The best are in a central location, and provide the ability to grab a bite to eat, relax, and people-watch while you wait for your ride (or before you hit the city). Union Station isn’t quite in the same league as, say, New York’s Grand Central Terminal, London’s Victoria Station, or Paris’ Gare de Châtelet-Les Halles, but still impressive.

Built between 1903 and 1907, Union Station is one of the busiest train depots in the U.S., serving more than 40 million passengers per year. As the main hub for the nation’s capital, the station’s architecture is suitably grand, done in a classical style with soaring archways, long halls, and lots of columns. It’s also got a decent variety of food and retail opportunities, especially for breakfast and lunch.

Touring Tips

The station doesn’t provide guided tours, but their app does an audio tour. Download it for iTunes or Google Play.

The Union Station parking garage holds almost 2,200 spaces and charges $9 for the first hour for un-validated tickets ($3 for validated), up to a maximum of $24 per day. See their website for rates.


50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, D.C.
Capitol Hill
Union Station

24h, although shops and restaurants follow standard business hours