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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. The train trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh is usually about 9 hours and 49 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can get you there in as little as 7 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance257 mi (414 km)
Fastest train7h 23m
Lowest price$82.38
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Jaimee

February 27, 2024- Business

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: I was able to be incredibly productive. Plenty of outlets to keep my computer and phone charged. Quiet environment. Just enough humm to participate on a video meeting (with headphones) without disturbing others with my conversation. Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Marc Z

May 25, 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: We loved the train trip. The visit to Fallingwater was delightful and very meaningful. Ver beautiful site. Cons: Having Bacon at the Hotel. Tips: See Fallingwater. Have a long Amtrac trip at least once a year. Be sure to stay at the Drury Downtown when in Pittsburgh like all the train crews.

5.0

Joseph

April 18, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: The views. Cons: Nothing it was great.

5.0

Judith

September 14, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Comfortable. Easy to load my collapsible mobility scooter. Seats dropped back enough to sit comfortably for the 7 hour trip. Liked the foot rest. Cons: The food options were dreadful. Fortunately we brought healthy food with us. Tips: Bring good food.

5.0

Elisabeth

May 31, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Relaxing not to have to drive,. Cons: Bathroom cleanliness. By half way through the trip there was obvious urine on the floor and it smelled bad. Tips: Be prepared to be late.

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh was $156.52. This is somewhat expensive compared to other train fares, but it makes sense given the route’s long distance. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 27 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $94.67 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

$247$165$82JulJul

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh is expected to fluctuate between $158 and $240 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Pittsburgh in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Philadelphia is $173.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for March if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $144. If you're planning a trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh during October, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $213 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time, you can save about $94.67 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?

2 train services operate from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak211h 3m$248.03
Amtrak Pennsylvanian17h 24m$100.47
  • 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 Philadelphia to Pittsburgh every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $148.

  • 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 Pittsburgh takes about 7 hours and 24 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is approximately 257 miles, or 414 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 23 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.

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

The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 12:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Pittsburgh 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.

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east 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 Pittsburgh?

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Main arrival station: 1100 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh’s Union Station on Liberty Ave is a historic building that opened in 1903. Enter the station through enormous outdoor arches and pass beneath the spectacular rotunda dome with a central skylight. Once inside, you can catch the Capitol Limited train on its daily service from Chicago to DC or hop aboard the Pennsylvanian as it begins the journey to New York. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the station offers easy access to the nearby bus terminal, parking, restaurants, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Train stations in Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

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