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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Birmingham to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Birmingham to Philadelphia usually takes around 25 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 20 hours and 44 minutes.

Distance782 mi (1258 km)
Fastest train20h 44m
Lowest price$163.34
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Birmingham to Philadelphia?

In the last month, C$194.21 was the average price of a train ticket from Birmingham, AL to Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$102.59 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$299$200$100JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Birmingham to Philadelphia will vary between C$163 and C$286. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Birmingham over the next 7 days is C$192. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Birmingham to Philadelphia by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$163 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Birmingham to Philadelphia in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$227 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$312$249$187$125$623020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Birmingham will be about C$102.59 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Birmingham to Philadelphia?

2 train services operate from Birmingham, Alabama to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 4h 34m$229.83
Amtrak Crescent122h 3m$225.84
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Birmingham to Philadelphia every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $163.

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  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    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. Train trips from Birmingham to Philadelphia take about 22 hours and 3 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $163.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Birmingham to Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Birmingham to Philadelphia?

The distance between Birmingham and Philadelphia is approximately 782 miles, or 1258 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 25 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 hours and 44 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Birmingham to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Birmingham at 2:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Birmingham to Philadelphia?

Trains leave the station in Birmingham twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Philadelphia faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia to Birmingham. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Birmingham to Philadelphia for $268.08.

City Information

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Birmingham?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Birmingham.

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

Philadelphia has one train station.

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