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Champaign-Philadelphia Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Champaign to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Champaign to Philadelphia usually takes around 30 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 27 hours and 21 minutes.

Distance691 mi (1113 km)
Fastest train27h 21m
Lowest price$122.47
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Champaign to Philadelphia?

In the last month, C$126.71 was the average price of a train ticket from Champaign, IL 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 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$30.31 more than that for a same-day booking.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 16 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Champaign will be about C$30.31 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Champaign to Philadelphia?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Champaign, Illinois to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak31d 6h 33m$144.29
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Champaign to Philadelphia every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $122.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Champaign 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Champaign to Philadelphia?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Champaign to Philadelphia. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Champaign to Philadelphia?

The distance between Champaign and Philadelphia is approximately 691 miles, or 1113 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 30 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 27 hours and 21 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 Champaign to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Wednesday 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 Champaign at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Champaign to Philadelphia?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia to Champaign. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Champaign to Philadelphia for $109.13.

City Information

Philadelphia

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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 Champaign?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Champaign.

Train stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

Philadelphia has one train station.

Train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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