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Take the Amtrak train to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!
Passenger train service returned to the region on October 31 with a daily Amtrak train that departs and arrives in Downtown Roanoke.
The new stop in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is part of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Route, making the region easy to reach from destinations like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
It takes approximately five hours to make the trip to Virginia’s Blue Ridge from Union Station in the nation’s capital!
Virginia residents in NOVA and the Washington, D.C., area can take advantage of the Virginia Anytime Fare and get 15% off their next trip to Virginia's Blue Ridge! Use the promo code V552 to get 15% off any trip on the Northeast Regional line train and save for your next summer or holiday getaway! Book now >
The following is a schedule* for daily departures and arrivals of the train in Downtown Roanoke:
Boarding for the train is 30 minutes prior to departure.
*Schedules are subject to change. Always remember to check Amtrak.com for the most up-to-date information.
The Roanoke platform station (Amtrak Code: RNK) is located at 55 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24011.
Note - This stop features an ADA accessible platform with shelter, but there is no enclosed waiting area, no restrooms, and no ticket office.
There is nearby parking available for Amtrak customers at the Roanoke Station Garage at 33 Salem Avenue at a cost of $5 per day.
Here are some other relevant details for booking your Amtrak trip to Virginia’s Blue Ridge:
Baggage: There is no checked baggage available. Passengers are permitted two personal items (25 lbs. each) and two carry-on bags (50 lbs. each) onboard. See the Carry-On Baggage section of the Amtrak website for more information.
Hotels with Shuttle Service: The following link features a list of hotels that offer shuttle service to and from the Amtrak platform. Click the link and scroll down to find the list of hotels >
WiFi Onboard? Yes, the Northeast Corridor train features complimentary WiFi internet.
Dining Car: The train features a Cafe Car that sells sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages, including beer, wine, and soda.
Quiet Car: Enjoy a quiet, relaxing ride on the Quiet Car, where cell phones are turned off and conversation is kept to a minimum.
Tickets & Sample Prices: There is no ticket office at the Roanoke platform. All ticket purchases must be made prior to your arrival and they can be easily booked on the Amtrak website or by calling the reservations office at 1-800-872-7245.
Here are examples of approximate sample ticket prices for round-trip value tickets to Virginia’s Blue Ridge:
The train also features Business Class seating for an additional charge.
Pet Program: A small cat or dog in a pet carrier is permitted on the Northeast Corridor trains, but reservations are required. Please visit the Pets page on the Amtrak website for more information about making reservations.
Ride the train to Roanoke and then spend an entire weekend experiencing the rich railroad history of the region with this Railroad Itinerary for Train Lovers.
All aboard to Virginia’s Blue Ridge!