Alexandria Union Station serving Amtrak and VRE in Alexandria VA

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Union Station
Carlyle District as seen from Union Station

Union Station in Alexandria VA is a historic train station located between King and Duke Streets at the foot of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. The station is within site of the USPTO and nearby Carlyle District. The station backs up against the King St. Metro, making it an excellent transfer point for riders of the VRE (Virginia Railway Express). Both Amtrak and VRE stop at the station and DASH and Metrobus lines stop at the King St. Station.

Alexandria’s Union Station shares a name with Union Station in nearby Washington DC. Locals usually refer to the station in Washington as Union Station and the station in Alexandria as Alexandria Station. Both stations were so-named because at one time they united several lines/companies. The Amtrak code is for this station is ALX.

Union Station in Alexandria
Union Station in Alexandria backs to the King Street Metro

The terminal itself was built in 1905 in the Federal Revival style. Although it has been renovated and improved the original 1905 terminal is still in use. The memorial before the terminal is dedicate to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • Address of Union Station

    Alexandria Union Station

    110 Callahan Dr.

    Alexandria VA 22314

What is the Virginia Railway Express?

VRE logoThe Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is commuter train that connects the exburbs of Northern VA with Washington DC and Northern VA inside the Beltway. This commuter service serves residents as far out as Fredericksburg and Manassas.  Stops along the way include Lorton, Franconia/Springfield, Manassas Park and Burke. The VRE stops at King Street in Old Town Alexandria VA.

The service operates only Monday through Friday, from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Washington, D.C., traveling primarily northbound in the morning, towards Washington, and southbound during the evening, towards Manassas (along I-66), and Fredericksburg (along I-95).

VRE officials:  . . .”we encourage everyone new to our service to read our New Rider’s Guide, which is designed to help make your first trip with VRE a success. Haven’t found all the information you need or have additional questions? No problem – we invite everyone to contact us. ”

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Lorton – VRE

Lorton Rail Station is located at 8990 Lorton Station Boulevard in Lorton, Virginia. It is currently only serviced by the Virginia Rail Express – Fredericksburg Line. This station is one mile north from the Amtrak Auto Train Lorton station.

Amenities include: bike racks; free surface parking; local transit connections; newspaper racks, and a quiet Car. This platform is ADA accessible and serves the Fredericksburg Line only. VRE logo

Ticket vending machines at this location only accept credit or debit cards, cash ticket purchases must be purchased at an off-site vendor location.

Local connections with Amtrak, Arlington ART Bus, DASH, DC Circulator, Fairfax Connector, GRTC and Mark are available, just to name a few. Many bus connections are free with a valid VRE ticket. For more information on connection services contact the VRE offices at (703) 684-1001.

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