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Wilmington - Philadelphia Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 28 daily train trips between Wilmington and Philadelphia. The average train journey from Wilmington to Philadelphia takes 34 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 18 minutes.

Distance25 mi (40 km)
Fastest train0h 18m
Lowest price$6.84
Trains per day34
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines8

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Wilmington to Philadelphia

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Cheryl

October 23, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Acela

Cons: Nothing. Tips: They should get on board. The ride is spectacular love it will do it all the time.

5.0

Terri

May 20, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: That I arrived safely to my destination. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Travel!

5.0

Lily

February 17, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: it was awesome. Cons: nothing. Tips: be safe and have fun!

5.0

Keynon

July 5, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Vermonter

Pros: I like that even though I missed my first train the attendant helped me find another. Cons: N/A. Tips: Be on time!

5.0

Judith

June 1, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Wilmington and Philadelphia cost $38.85, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 25 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $30.64 more.

Average prices by travel date

$82$55$27JunJun

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Wilmington to Philadelphia is expected to fluctuate between $36 and $78 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Philadelphia in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Wilmington is $40.

Monthly average prices

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Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Wilmington to Philadelphia. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $38. If you're planning a trip from Wilmington to Philadelphia during May, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $51 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

$68$55$41$27$143020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Wilmington to Philadelphia, book online with Wanderu at least 25 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $30.64 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Wilmington to Philadelphia?

There are 8 train lines with service from Wilmington to Philadelphia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 14 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak60h 21m$56.02
Amtrak Acela80h 20m$102.45
Amtrak Carolinian10h 21m$52.52
Amtrak Crescent10h 26m$47.62
Amtrak Northeast Regional140h 44m$45.37
Amtrak Palmetto10h 23m$59.78
Amtrak Silver Service10h 21m$56.29
Amtrak Vermonter10h 22m$33.34
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Wilmington to Philadelphia every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $5.

  • 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. There are 8 Acela trips from Wilmington to Philadelphia every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Wilmington and Philadelphia, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 0 hours and 21 minutes.

  • 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 Wilmington to Philadelphia take about 0 hours and 26 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $25.

  • 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. With 14 daily train trips from Wilmington to Philadelphia, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • 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 from Wilmington to Philadelphia is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • 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. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Wilmington to Philadelphia start from $34 and the average train journey lasts about 0 hours and 21 minutes.

  • 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. There are 1 Vermonter trains traveling from Wilmington to Philadelphia every day, with prices starting from $12.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Wilmington and Philadelphia is approximately 25 miles, or 40 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Philadelphia.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Wilmington to Philadelphia on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Wilmington at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 28 scheduled trains on most days. 34 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 Wilmington.

City Information

Wilmington

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.

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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 Wilmington?

Main departure station: Amtrak/SEPTA Station

Wilmington has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Philadelphia.

All train stations in Wilmington:

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

  • Amtrak-MARC Station - 18 E Bel Air Ave

  • 10 Mopar Dr

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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Main arrival station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Philadelphia has one train station.

Train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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