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Philadelphia - Harrisburg Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

12 trains operate daily from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. The train trip from Philadelphia to Harrisburg is usually about 2 hours and 2 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can get you there in as little as one hour and 44 minutes.

Distance94 mi (151 km)
Fastest train1h 44m
Lowest price$42.39
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Keystone Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia to Harrisburg

(Based on 36 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Barack Dennis

November 15, 2023- Business

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: I got everything I needed done. I found an amazing coffee spot to enjoy my early commute and made time to even do dinner date with this beautiful woman. In all I couldn't ask for a better trip. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Earliest train ride is the morning commute. Wifi is accessible during those long trips but won't need it because most likely you'll need to take a nap with such a peaceful ride.

5.0

marci

August 27, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: i like how the workers will walk up and down the isle telling you what stop is next. Cons: the speaking on the overhead is not very understandable.

5.0

Yolanda

August 25, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: It was a good trip. Cons: It was a good trip. Tips: Stay safe.

5.0

Austin

August 20, 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Easy to figure out. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Shaun

May 19, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: On time clean and spacious train. Cons: Nothing. Tips: This is a great train service for customers.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Harrisburg was $46.76. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Harrisburg if you book your train tickets at least 19 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $1.94.

Average prices by travel date

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The average daily price of train tickets from Philadelphia to Harrisburg is expected to stay consistent at around $46 in the upcoming month.

Monthly average prices

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The price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Harrisburg remains pretty stable, regardless of when you plan to travel. Tickets on this route usually cost $48 throughout the year.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since ticket prices on this route stay pretty consistent, you don’t need to book way in advance. However, we recommend buying your train ticket to Harrisburg at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure to prevent any unpleasant surprises, like last-minute surges in price or sold-out tickets.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Harrisburg?

There are 3 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. Amtrak Keystone Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak42h 35m$45.76
Amtrak Keystone Service81h 54m$47.86
Amtrak Pennsylvanian11h 44m$47.95
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Harrisburg every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

  • 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 Philadelphia to Harrisburg takes just 1 hours and 54 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 $48 ticket.

  • 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 Philadelphia to Harrisburg takes about 1 hours and 44 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. 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.
The distance between Philadelphia and Harrisburg is approximately 94 miles, or 151 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 44 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Philadelphia to Harrisburg on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 12 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.

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

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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.

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 Philadelphia?

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Main departure station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

There is one train station in Philadelphia.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Where is the train station in Harrisburg?

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Main arrival station: Harrisburg Transportation Center

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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