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Washington DC-Philadelphia Train Schedule

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$131.71
7:00 AM
Union Station
8:34 AM
30th St Station - 2955 Market St
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0 transfers
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$137.04
7:00 AM
Union Station
9:35 AM
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AMT
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1 transfer
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$137.04
7:00 AM
Union Station
9:42 AM
New Jersey Transit Station
AMT
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$57.70
7:15 AM
Union Station
9:07 AM
30th St Station - 2955 Market St
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4.6stars
0 transfers
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$99.10
8:10 AM
Union Station
9:58 AM
30th St Station - 2955 Market St
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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

Lowest price$23.83
Fastest train1h 30m
Trains per day18
Train lines6

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to travel by bus or train from D.C to Philly?

Although a train from D.C to Philly is faster and has more comfort, traveling by bus is cheaper. Bus tickets average $14, and take between 3 and 3.5 hours. Amtrak trains take only 2 hours, but the average price is around $64 more.

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington 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.

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

In the last month, $57.60 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $72.64 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

The distance between Washington DC and Philadelphia is approximately 123 miles, or 198 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 30 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Washington DC at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 18 scheduled trains on most days. 19 of these are direct connections to Philadelphia. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia for $33.87.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 6 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11h 52m$62.69
Amtrak Acela51h 34m$126.72
Amtrak Carolinian11h 45m$117.50
Amtrak Northeast Regional101h 54m$62.82
Amtrak Palmetto11h 54m$91.70
Amtrak Vermonter11h 48m$65.98

Amtrak train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia start from $24, and on average cost $63. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Philadelphia. Amtrak in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Philadelphia trains arrive at 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, From Washington DC to Philadelphia train travel on Amtrak takes 1 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to get to Philadelphia faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 30 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $89 for a one-way train ticket to Philadelphia.

Amtrak Acela train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia start from $115, and on average cost $127. Daily there are 5 Amtrak Acela schedules to Philadelphia. Amtrak Acela in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Philadelphia trains arrive at 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, From Washington DC to Philadelphia train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 1 hours and 34 minutes. If you are looking to get to Philadelphia faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 30 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $141 for a one-way train ticket to Philadelphia.

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia start from $24, and on average cost $117. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Philadelphia. Amtrak Carolinian in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Philadelphia trains arrive at 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, From Washington DC to Philadelphia train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 1 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Philadelphia faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $130 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia start from $24, and on average cost $63. Daily there are 10 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Philadelphia. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Philadelphia trains arrive at 30th St Station - 2955 Market St and one other train station. From Washington DC to Philadelphia train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 1 hours and 54 minutes. If you are looking to get to Philadelphia faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 30 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $80 for a one-way train ticket to Philadelphia.

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia start from $24, and on average cost $92. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Philadelphia. Amtrak Palmetto in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Philadelphia trains arrive at 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, From Washington DC to Philadelphia train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 1 hours and 54 minutes. If you are looking to get to Philadelphia faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $128 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia start from $24, and on average cost $66. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to Philadelphia. Amtrak Vermonter in Washington leaves from Union Station, And in Philadelphia trains arrive at 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, From Washington DC to Philadelphia train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 1 hours and 48 minutes. If you are looking to get to Philadelphia faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost $81 for a one-way weekend reservation from Washington.

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Philadelphia

Average prices by travel date

$113$75$38AprApr

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$125$100$75$50$253020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 31 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Mia

March 9, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Easy. Cons: A way to elevate my legs. Tips: I will be in April i would like to try one of your rooms. Pros: Easy. Cons: A way to elevate my legs. Tips: I will be in April i would like to try one of your rooms.

4.0

Narbi

January 18, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Mi trip arrived on time. It was really nice. Cons: Give more information for new travelers about what time we need to be Before aboard the traen. Tips: Yes, any traveler can be 30 minutes before aboard the traen. Pros: Mi trip arrived on time. It was really nice. Cons: Give more information for new travelers about what time we need to be Before aboard the traen. Tips: Yes, any traveler can be 30 minutes before aboard the traen.

5.0

Florentino

January 10, 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quiet car, virtually an express trip. Tips: Be aware and mindful of cellphone use when in a quiet car. Pros: Quiet car, virtually an express trip. Tips: Be aware and mindful of cellphone use when in a quiet car.

5.0

Maria

December 22, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Very enjoyable pleasant. Cons: Less stops to destination. Tips: Enjoy. Pros: Very enjoyable pleasant. Cons: Less stops to destination. Tips: Enjoy.

4.0

Rachel

November 27, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Had a great time with friendsHad a great time with friends

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