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Lancaster - Harrisburg Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from Lancaster to Harrisburg. Traveling by train from Lancaster to Harrisburg usually takes around one hour and 8 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 34 minutes.

Distance35 mi (56 km)
Fastest train0h 34m
Lowest price$15.60
Trains per day11
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Keystone Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Lancaster to Harrisburg

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Eugene

January 10, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Keystone Service

Good trip for a great value

Good trip for a great value

5.0

Nydirah

October 11, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Everything. Cons: Being on time. Tips: It’s faster then a car.

Pros: Everything. Cons: Being on time. Tips: It’s faster then a car.

What is the price of a train ticket from Lancaster to Harrisburg?

In the last month, $18.39 was the average price of a train ticket from Lancaster to Harrisburg. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.87 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$19$13$6MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Harrisburg from Lancaster is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$18 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

$32$26$19$13$6JJASONDJFMAM
Traveling from Lancaster to Harrisburg by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$16 whenever you decide to board the train to Harrisburg.

Prices as travel date approaches

$32$26$19$13$63020100

Since the average price of train trips from Lancaster to Harrisburg remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Lancaster to Harrisburg?

There are 3 train lines with service from Lancaster to Harrisburg. Amtrak Keystone Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22h 29m$27.02
Amtrak Keystone Service100h 39m$15.60
Amtrak Pennsylvanian10h 34m$15.74
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Lancaster to Harrisburg every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $16.

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  • Amtrak Keystone Service

    Amtrak Keystone Service

    The Keystone Service is a daily train service that Amtrak operates from New York City to Harrisburg, PA. The route is notable for its high-speed rail portions, where the train can reach up to 125 mph. This speed means the trip from Lancaster to Harrisburg takes just 0 hours and 39 minutes on the Keystone Service. The train’s amenities include free WiFi, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and a Quiet Car for those who prefer to sleep, work, or study in a quieter atmosphere. Tickets on this route usually cost , but if you book in advance, you may be able to score a $16 ticket.

  • Amtrak Pennsylvanian

    Amtrak Pennsylvanian

    The Amtrak Pennsylvanian runs daily between New York City and Pittsburgh, passing through cities such as Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The trains feature basic amenities such as a cafe car and free onboard WiFi and offer checked baggage service. A trip from Lancaster to Harrisburg takes about 0 hours and 34 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Lancaster to Harrisburg 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 Lancaster to Harrisburg?

The distance between Lancaster and Harrisburg is approximately 35 miles, or 56 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 8 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 34 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Harrisburg.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Lancaster to Harrisburg tend to have the most passengers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Lancaster at 12:00am 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 Lancaster to Harrisburg?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. 11 of these are direct connections to Harrisburg. 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 Harrisburg to Lancaster.

City Information

Harrisburg

As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg offers numerous historic buildings with impressive architecture that will leave you in awe. Among the most impressive ones is the state’s Capitol Complex itself. With a dome that reminisces St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the building features as many as 475 rooms filled with exquisite artworks and statues. History fans should also consider visiting the State Museum of Pennsylvania, which follows the history of the state from the beginning of time to this day. Another must-see destination is the National Civil War Museum, which is one of the largest museums dedicated to the Civil War. If too many history lessons stress you out, a cruise along the Susquehanna River on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will definitely help you unwind.

Harrisburg’s grilled dishes are some of the most famous staples in the city, and among the best establishments is Progress Grill, which has been serving customers since the late 1940s. For some really creative pizzas, The Pizza Grille will be a good choice.

The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the central hub for intercity travel. At the lower level, you can catch a bus by Greyhound, Jefferson Lines or Fullington Trailways to other Pennsylvanian cities such as Allentown and Philadelphia. Travelers can also take Amtrak trains to popular destinations like New York and Philadelphia on a daily basis. The city’s principal airport is Harrisburg International Airport, which is located in Middletown, southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Lancaster?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Lancaster where you can board the train.

All train stations in Lancaster:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

  • 300 Fleetwood St

  • West Lancaster Ave and Stuart Ave

  • Amtrak SEPTA Station

  • 501 Maple St

Where is the train station in Harrisburg?

Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-0

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Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-1

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Arrival stations

The Harrisburg Transportation Center (HTC) is a national historical landmark, with a portion of the station dating back to 1887. The station still serves as the city’s primary transportation hub and welcomes over half a million passengers annually. The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the departure point for Amtrak’s Keystone Service to New York City and a stop on the Pennsylvanian route from New York City to Pittsburgh. Besides train service, bus service on Jefferson Lines, Fullington Trailways, and Greyhound operates through this station. Located in downtown Harrisburg, the station is a quick walk from Capitol Park and some of the city’s top restaurants and shopping.

Train stations in Harrisburg:

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

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