Burke Centre Station – a Transportation Hub(with Free Parking!)

We’re fortunate to live so close to this station and its many services:

Amtrak

More than 14,000 riders used Burke Centre Station last year, mostly VRE commuters. But did you know that you can catch the 10:45 morning Amtrak train to New York City and be there by 3:30? Daily? Buy your ticket online in advance; the station has no staff or Amtrak ticket kiosk. This train stops in DC and a few other places like Baltimore and Philadelphia, but you never need to get off the train until you arrive at New York’s Penn Station. It’s a 3-minute drive from Bonnie Brae to the Station and long-term parking is free in the parking garage. A daily return from NYC leaves around 12:30 p.m. and arrives at Burke Centre around 5:30. Always check the schedule for any changes.

The perks of train travel are tempting –

  • Legroom – for both your legs!
  • Four bags free. Yes, four. Yes, free.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Power outlets at every seat.
  • No middle seat
  • Large windows to view the scenery.
  • A snack car for that afternoon cup of coffee or snack.
  • When you arrive, you’ll be right in the center of the city.

VRE

Virginia Railway Express commuter rail service operates Monday through Friday from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Washington, D.C. The Manassas Line offers 7 weekday stops at Burke Centre Station, with 6 trains traveling into DC in the morning, and 7 returning to Burke Centre in the afternoon/evening. A single ride ticket to Union Station is currently $8.55, but discounts are given for bulk passes like a ten-ride pass or a monthly ticket ($237). If you also use Metro, you can buy a combination ticket for unlimited VRE and Metro usage for a calendar month. Check it out! https://www.vre.org.

George Mason Shuttle

Also at the Burke Centre Station you can hop on a George Mason Shuttle bus which will take you to the campus where you can connect to Fairfax’s CUE bus going to and from Vienna Metro.

Metrobus

Finally, you can catch the 17L Metrobus to the Pentagon and Metro stops there. Burke Centre is one of the first stops, so there are plenty of seats on the bus.

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