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About Amtrak Pennsylvanian

The Pennsylvanian is a daytime train line managed by the nationwide rail network Amtrak. It provides convenient and affordable transportation from New York City to Pittsburgh via Philadelphia. Some notable stops along the train's route through Pennsylvania are Harrisburg, Lewistown, and Trenton.

Riding the entire line from New York City to Pittsburgh takes about 9 hours, so there is only one daily trip in each direction. Since the Pennsylvanian is one of the most scenic Amtrak routes in America, passengers can spend those 9 hours drinking in the sights like the Allegheny Mountains and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The highlight of the trip is the historic Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, where the train tracks double back in a giant semicircle, and passengers in the front cars can wave to passengers in the rear cars.

You will find basic amenities on the Pennsylvanian such as a cafe car selling food and drinks, free onboard WiFi, and checked baggage service for unencumbered travel. The train offers two classes of seats: Coach Class and Business Class, with the latter offering more legroom and more flexible ticket change policies.

The Amtrak Pennsylvanian became an official Wanderu partner in 2015, making it easy to search and compare all the best bus and train options in one place. Wanderu is the best place to find a good deal on Pennsylvanian tickets, at no additional cost.

Contact Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Pennsylvanian website

Amtrak Pennsylvanian Amenities

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Amtrak Pennsylvanian train coverage

Daily Trips126

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Pennsylvanian had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 173 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 195 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 212 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 238 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 229 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 245 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 237 reviews

Amtrak Pennsylvanian reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Pennsylvanian

(Based on 267 reviews)

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Amtrak Pennsylvanian passenger reviews



November 20, 2023- Visiting family

Pittsburgh to Philadelphia

Pros: Comfortable friendly. Cons: Cleaner windows.



November 6, 2023- Couples trip

Pittsburgh to Philadelphia

Pros: The opportunity to sit back and relax. Enjoyed the quietness. Not dealing with air travel frustrations. Cons: The windows were so dirty that it was very difficult to enjoy the scenery. When the sun shined on them it became impossible to see put. That was very frustrating and upsetting because it defeated park of the allure of train travel. Wouldn’t be nice to be contacted by a customer service representative. Tips: No.



October 17, 2023- Vacation

New York to Philadelphia

Pros: The train was very comfortable and the trip was enjoyable. Cons: Everything seemed fine to me. Tips: Train travel is great! You should try it!



August 27, 2023- Visiting family

Lancaster to Philadelphia

Pros: Everything was great except. Cons: the ticket-lady, I got in on the wrong car (the cafe) and was struggling to move my bags through to get to the passenger car along with another lady in the same predicament. The train staff yelled at both of us-“You can’t put your bags here!)” We were clearly in process of moving them the whole time, but both of us had big bags! It was ridiculous; she could care less and just took the opportunity to be nasty, which was absurd. It would’ve helped to have better instructions about which car to get on, cause in front of the cafe was business, and I didn’t know which car would be coach-which direction to walk on the outside or the inside of the train. Did my best and didn’t get left…,. Tips: Pay attention where to stash your bags and how to know which end of the car your stop allows you to get off at. If you have multiple bags, it is not easy, and there could be more signs or information.



July 31, 2023- Vacation

New York to Philadelphia

Seats were rear facing, Not good!

Amtrak Pennsylvanian Routes & Network

Amtrak Pennsylvanian’s train network features 227 train routes that connect 17 cities serving 17 stations. On average, Amtrak Pennsylvanian performs about 126 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Pennsylvanian offers the highest number of daily train service include Pittsburgh and Lancaster.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Pennsylvanian

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
New York1612:30 pm8:56 pm
Philadelphia1512:30 pm7:29 pm
Pittsburgh43:52 pm12:08 am
Lancaster912:30 pm6:23 pm
Harrisburg812:30 pm7:06 pm
Altoona412:30 pm9:51 pm
Newark1312:30 pm8:56 pm
Johnstown312:30 pm10:16 pm
Greensburg112:30 pm11:56 pm

Most popular Amtrak Pennsylvanian routes

The train from Pittsburgh to Lancaster is Amtrak Pennsylvanian’s most popular route. Trips from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to Harrisburg are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Pennsylvanian routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Pittsburgh to Lancaster16h 11m$53
Harrisburg to Pittsburgh15h 29m$49
Philadelphia to Harrisburg11h 44m$35
Harrisburg to New York13h 45m$57
Philadelphia to Lancaster11h 8m$20
Philadelphia to Pittsburgh17h 23m$62
Pittsburgh to New York19h 20m$76
Philadelphia to New York11h 25m$22
New York to Lancaster12h 58m$56

Amtrak Pennsylvanian Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Pennsylvanian tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Pennsylvanian ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Pennsylvanian Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Pennsylvanian offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Pennsylvanian will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Pennsylvanian WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Pennsylvanian trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Pennsylvanian might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Pennsylvanian has 126 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Pennsylvanian does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Pennsylvanian requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Pennsylvanian’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Pennsylvanian trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Pennsylvanian provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Pennsylvanian does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Pennsylvanian goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Pennsylvanian offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Pennsylvanian tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 126 Amtrak Pennsylvanian trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Pennsylvanian tickets start at just $6.79. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Pennsylvanian tickets?

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Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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