Do Trains Go Slower or Faster at Night? Do they run at all?

Trains are used throughout the world to move cargo or people, and they do operate around the clock, trains do run at night.

Do trains go slower at night?

Short answer: Yes and No.

Trains go at the same speed or even faster (explained in the next paragraph) at night as they do during the day. Dark doesn’t directly affect how a train operates and at what speed.


If you ever traveled with AmTrak, you realized that the disembarking takes place at convenient hours. While the traffic congestion is not as bad during the night, passenger trains may have to slow down so they won’t get to their destination outside of the “convenient hours”, imagine having to disembark at 4:00 AM instead of 7:00 AM.

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Do trains go faster at night?

Short answer: Yes and No.

Depending on certain circumstances, trains might run faster at night than during the day, let’s look at those circumstances.

Freight trains will sometimes go faster during the nighttime, the reason is that during the night, there are less passenger trains on the tracks. 

What does this have to do with the freight trains?

Freight trains have to give way to faster trains, like passenger trains. While there are not so many passenger trains traveling during the nighttime, freight trains may run with fewer stops.

While all these scenarios doesn’t necessarily imply that the train travels at a higher speed, but the fact that they run faster, because of the above mentioned reasons.

It is also well to mention that sometimes watching a train travelling at the same speed during the night, might look like it is going faster than during day time.