How to get to Wilmington by train
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Wilmington is a major city in Delaware, established at the site of the first Swedish settlement in North America. The charming city, at the confluence of the Brandywine River and Christina River, offers easy connections to the lush countryside of Brandywine Valley. Thanks to the venerable du Pont family, who established the DuPont Company in Wilmington in 1802, the city is filled with grand estates and magnificent gardens for visitors to enjoy. The Hagley Museum & Library is the ultimate example. The expansive complex includes the first home of the du Pont family, powder yards from the company's initial gunpowder mill, and a Renaissance-style garden complete with terraces.
To dive deeper into the city's history, check out the Fort Christina State Park, the site of Wilmington's original Swedish settlement over 400 years ago. Other popular attractions include the Delaware Art Museum and Brandywine Zoo.
Wilmington is easy to access from most of the mid-Atlantic region and is located between Philadelphia and Washington. In 2011, the city's Amtrak train station was renamed the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station in honor of rail enthusiast Joe Biden, who often commuted via Amtrak from Wilmington to Washington during his time as a Senator. Buses from Wilmington also connect to cities like New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Since the regional Wilmington Airport does not offer civilian flights, travelers can easily take a bus to the airport in Philadelphia for any air travel out of the area.
What train companies travel to Wilmington, Delaware?
Located in Delaware, Wilmington is accessible by train from 172 other cities. You can choose from 1074 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Wilmington on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Wilmington are also available..
Train companies serving Wilmington
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Northeast Regional||47||2h 30m||$116.61|
|Amtrak Silver Service||36||6h 48m||$157.45|
|Amtrak Crescent||26||2h 35m||$142.42|
|Amtrak Carolinian||23||3h 25m||$108.79|
|Amtrak Vermonter||23||2h 12m||$110.48|
|Amtrak Palmetto||21||2h 0m||$106.74|
|Amtrak Cardinal||17||3h 32m||$133.35|
|Amtrak Acela||11||2h 10m||$224.74|
Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.
The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. The Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.
The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car.
The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.
The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café.
The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling is comfortable on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom.
The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café.
The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. As it is Amtrak’s most premium service, the average Acela train ticket often costs more than other lines' offerings.
Which train carrier has the best service to Wilmington?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Wilmington by train with Amtrak Acela giving them a 5 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Acela had the most comfortable train service to Wilmington taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Acela offers. They rate Amtrak Acela a 4.8 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Wilmington punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Crescent has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Wilmington, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
$5.41 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Wilmington, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Wilmington. In the last month, trains from Newark to Wilmington had the lowest average price at $19.78. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Wilmington:
The main train station in Wilmington is Amtrak/SEPTA Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Wilmington.
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