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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Cary to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Cary to Philadelphia usually takes around 9 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Silver Service train can make the trip in 8 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance349 mi (561 km)
Fastest train8h 57m
Lowest price$91.33
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carolinian
Train lines3

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

In the last month, C$102.84 was the average price of a train ticket from Cary, NC to Philadelphia, PA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$57.49 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$146$97$49JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Cary to Philadelphia will vary between C$97 and C$133. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Cary over the next 7 days is C$100. 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

$122$97$73$49$24JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Cary to Philadelphia by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$101 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cary to Philadelphia in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$117 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

$183$146$110$73$373020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Cary will be about C$57.49 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Cary to Philadelphia?

There are 3 train lines with service from Cary, North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak118h 25m$202.72
Amtrak Carolinian19h 16m$103.35
Amtrak Silver Service19h 7m$129.11
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Cary to Philadelphia every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $119.

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  • Amtrak Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    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 Cary 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 9 hours and 16 minutes.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    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 Cary to Philadelphia start from $91 and the average train journey lasts about 9 hours and 7 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cary 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 Cary to Philadelphia?

The distance between Cary and Philadelphia is approximately 349 miles, or 561 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 57 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 Cary to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Tuesday 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 Cary at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. 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 Cary to Philadelphia?

Trains leave the station in Cary twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Philadelphia with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia to Cary.

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 Cary?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Cary.

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

Philadelphia has one train station.

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