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Philadelphia-Birmingham Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Philadelphia to Birmingham. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Birmingham usually takes around 21 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 20 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance782 mi (1258 km)
Fastest train20h 55m
Lowest price$158.64
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Crescent
Train lines2

Price trends for trains from Philadelphia to Birmingham

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Birmingham?

2 train services operate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak123h 27m$232.11
Amtrak Crescent121h 48m$230.69
  • 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 Philadelphia to Birmingham every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $191.

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  • 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 Philadelphia to Birmingham take about 21 hours and 48 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $159.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Birmingham is approximately 782 miles, or 1258 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 21 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 hours and 55 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 Philadelphia to Birmingham are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Thursday 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 Philadelphia at 2:00pm and arrives in Birmingham around 20 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Philadelphia to Birmingham?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Birmingham 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 Birmingham to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Birmingham for $202.23.

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 Philadelphia?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Philadelphia.

Where is the train station in Birmingham?

Arrival stations

Birmingham has one train station.

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