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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Charlotte to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Charlotte to Philadelphia usually takes around 11 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 10 hours and 22 minutes.

Distance451 mi (725 km)
Fastest train10h 22m
Lowest price$115.60
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carolinian
Train lines2

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

In the last month, C$119.65 was the average price of a train ticket from Charlotte, NC to Philadelphia, PA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$96.95 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$183$122$61MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Charlotte to Philadelphia will vary between C$116 and C$170. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Charlotte over the next 7 days is C$116. 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

$152$122$91$61$30JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Charlotte 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$119 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Charlotte to Philadelphia in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$145 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

$213$170$128$85$433020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Charlotte will be about C$96.95 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Charlotte to Philadelphia?

2 train services operate from Charlotte, North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carolinian112h 16m$140.78
Amtrak Crescent110h 22m$165.20
  • 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 Charlotte 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 12 hours and 16 minutes.

  • 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 Charlotte to Philadelphia take about 10 hours and 22 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $116.

    amtrak crescent train

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Charlotte and Philadelphia is approximately 451 miles, or 725 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 10 hours and 22 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 Charlotte 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Charlotte at 1:00am and arrives in Philadelphia around 10 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Charlotte to Philadelphia?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Philadelphia with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia to Charlotte. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Charlotte to Philadelphia for $109.52.

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 Charlotte?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Charlotte:

Other train stations in Charlotte:

  • 1914 N Tryon St

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

Philadelphia has one train station:

Other train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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