Union Station
Union Station
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Union Station D.C. Is a superbly restored, historic, mixed-use, intermodal transportation and shopping center located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building. This historic hub of culture services more than 90,000 people a day as a major transportation center, retail destination, and tourist resource.
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  • The Sanchez F
    Pittsburg, California5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Union Station 2023
    Feelin' hungry, this is the place to go if you are wanting fast food. McDonald to Chick-fil-A. Great place to have coffee while waiting for a train or bus. The architecture is beautiful. Close proximity to downtown.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, Connecticut2,621 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Built to stand the test of time
    Built in the early 1900s, Union Station has survived the test of time. This beautiful Beaux Arts style building contains a shopping mall, plenty of dining options and the central terminal for buses and trains. P.S. Check out the main hall's ceiling made of plaster and twenty-two gold leaf. There are figures of Roman legionaires located on the edge of the balcony. I'm told the figures were originally nude and the officials put shields to cover the body parts.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • KHATRI_TANZANIA
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania794 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An organized train station
    Took my Amtrak train for New York from Union Station in Washington DC. It is quite a big station, it has got a number of restaurants. It is well organized with plenty of train schedule screens so you can't get lost.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Scenic22457644163
    Smithfield, North Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three Seniors in There 70's.
    The trip to Washington DC was truly awesome, We arrived on Friday (10/6/23) by Amtrak. We stayed in a Sonder. It had a full kitchen. This was near the Navy Yard. Being a Navy veteran that was great to see and hear the raiseing of the flag. We walked to the supermarket . On Saturday we tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Sunday we attended worship service at Riverside Baptist church and walk down to tour the Bible Museum.Then on Monday we was off to the Zoo. Then a sit down meal at the Cheese Cake Factory. We cooked breakfast at the Sonder each morning and save money that way. We traveled around town be Uber. Then on Tuesday (10/10/23) we was back on Amtrak. We're be back.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 October 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attractive architecture, inside and out.
    Union Station is both attractive and functional. In addition to serving as a very convenient travel hub (both Amtak and the Metro meet here), there is interesting shopping and a better than average food court. I always enjoy this place, whether patronizing or just passing through.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Dahlia El Atawy
    Cairo, Egypt880 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heritage and state of the art train station
    We booked Amtrak train day trip from New York to Washington to visit family in April 2023. We were impressed by the unique station architecture which combined heritage with modern style. The station is clean and spacious. There are various food and beverages shops. It is very close to the Capitol (walking distance). Also very close to the hop on hop off buses where you can use to explore the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona2,000 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always worth a stop to see history still in working action
    I end up here every trip to DC, mainly because the conference I usually go to is nearby and Union Station is a great place to grab a quick lunch, hit the drugstore for room supplies, and just hang out in the marble halls watching thousands of people rush through. There is also a pretty good tourist gift shop on the far end of the shopping area on the top level that I often get gifts from before heading home. It is worth at least 15 minutes to wander through and think of all the history that has come through here.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Beautiful Station I have ever seen!
    I arrived at Union Station from my Amtrak and it is a great station. It is easy to get around, there are plenty of shops and restaurants, and it is beautiful. I walked to the main hall in the front of the station and it is gorgeous!! Union Station is a must visit, even if your not taking Public transportation from there.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    393 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Station.
    Visited: 09/07/2023 Had a delivery from this restaurant to our hotel. It was delicious, and delivered hot and quickly. We had a minced steak sandwich, and a vegetarian steak sandwich, with fries and onion rings. It was divine. Couldn't fault it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2024
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice diversity of restaurants and shops!
    The architecture of the station was pretty good, especially the great hall as soon as you enter. Its design fits to the character of the city, including the metro stations! DC architecture is pretty underrated actually which is kinda sad! There is also a diverse array of shops and restaurants in the station! There is also a food court so sure no one will get hungry while inside!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2024
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2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The staff at Union station DC are the worst ever. I went to pick up my 82 year old mother. Her train was not listed on the Amtrak arrivals board. The arrival screens kept disappearing and pointless messages scrolled by. We asked customer service staff (those wearing bright green customer service vests) and other uniformed staff, six people in total about the Acela that was due in. All of them were astonishingly rude. And none knew about the arriving train nor could they figure out how to help us. Finally we found a guy in the lost and found (we were asking anyone) who was able to help. Amtrak you deserve to go out of business and all your employees deserve to lose their jobs. Sorry to say such a mean thing but they are the worst.
Written 4 January 2020
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Shanna Nicole
Milford, OH36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
We took the Old Time Trolley tour and decided to hop off at Union Station to explore. While the building architecture was beautiful (albeit being dirty), Union Station is a very scary place for a family. There were homeless and mentally ill individuals all inside and outside the building yelling at themselves and others and just making us and other tourists feel uncomfortable. The restrooms were disgusting and looked like they hadn't been cleaned in years. Definitely not worth stopping to explore.
Written 9 September 2020
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Jay K
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Union Station is a beautiful place. COVID certainly has closed some of the businesses there, but sure they will return. If taking the trains, you can see that the station needs investment... everything you need is there, but restoration and upgrades are needed.
Written 2 July 2021
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Chris D
Athens, GA44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
What used to be a bustling hub in DC is now a horrific shell of its former self. While the interior of the building, the main hall at least, is still striking and impressive, everything else has fallen so very far. The lower level food court is almost barren with a few chain places up and running, but the rest either closed or under construction. The bathrooms are in need of constant cleaning. The panhandlers and homeless are all over the place outside (which is an indictment of the city itself not providing more services for those most in need).

The only highlights of the station are the coffee shop upstairs and its proximity to the postal museum.

Also, when you’re on the sidewalks nearby, watch out, the red cap guys in golf carts will run you over if you’re in their way.
Written 2 May 2022
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naranjomini1970
12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I have lived in the DC area for over 30 years- and have often taken an Amtrak from Union Station to NYC. Over the past year, the station has deteriorated into a shell of its former self. Empty stores & a homeless encampment are the current images at the once-bustling station. I often feel unsafe while waiting for my early Amtrak train at the station with little to no security at the station. So sad to see this once-majestic station in such a sorry state.
Written 11 May 2022
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Dahlia El Atawy
Cairo, Egypt880 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We booked Amtrak train day trip from New York to Washington to visit family in April 2023. We were impressed by the unique station architecture which combined heritage with modern style. The station is clean and spacious. There are various food and beverages shops. It is very close to the Capitol (walking distance). Also very close to the hop on hop off buses where you can use to explore the city.
Written 13 March 2024
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Built in the early 1900s, Union Station has survived the test of time. This beautiful Beaux Arts style building contains a shopping mall, plenty of dining options and the central terminal for buses and trains.

P.S. Check out the main hall's ceiling made of plaster and twenty-two gold leaf. There are figures of Roman legionaires located on the edge of the balcony. I'm told the figures were originally nude and the officials put shields to cover the body parts.
Written 10 September 2023
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Scenic22457644163
Smithfield, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The trip to Washington DC was truly awesome, We arrived on Friday (10/6/23) by Amtrak. We stayed in a Sonder. It had a full kitchen. This was near the Navy Yard. Being a Navy veteran that was great to see and hear the raiseing of the flag. We walked to the supermarket . On Saturday we tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Sunday we attended worship service at Riverside Baptist church and walk down to tour the Bible Museum.Then on Monday we was off to the Zoo. Then a sit down meal at the Cheese Cake Factory. We cooked breakfast at the Sonder each morning and save money that way. We traveled around town be Uber. Then on Tuesday (10/10/23) we was back on Amtrak. We're be back.
Written 14 October 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Washington DC's train station is a huge, encompassing one. The impressive, Greek-style columns form a neoclassical facade, while a spacious interior reflects the status of the national capital. It is also a practical stop for riders. Amtrak platform is conveniently connected to Metro. Great transport and sightseeing option.
Written 16 December 2022
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Heather M
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Taxi driver didn't know where to drop us off, and it seems there is no designated drop off point. Get out and get your stuff and get inside. MANY homeless, mentally ill, and people on drugs in this building. Keep moving to the part of the building you will need to be. McDonald's was a bad place to congregate. Guy digging in trash for drink cup that he then filled...another woman sitting in booth totally stoned...people sitting with head in their hands, sleeping, talking to themselves....
Written 14 February 2020
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