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Trip Summary

10 trains operate daily from Philadelphia to Richmond. The train trip from Philadelphia to Richmond is usually about 4 hours and 58 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can get you there in as little as 4 hours and 28 minutes.

Distance207 mi (333 km)
Fastest train4h 28m
Lowest price$45.31
Trains per day13
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Philadelphia to Richmond

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

RAYMOND

June 7, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Competent staff that took control and made the ride complete. Cons: For this trip a little more attentiveness and help with bags and finding your way off the train safely. Tips: Have your tickets ready and pay attention to your stop.

5.0

Gail L

May 26, 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Palmetto

Pros: Very comfortable ride & plenty of leg room. Nice train. Cons: Conductor & train coordinator were confused when it was time to board the train. Coordinator told us go to right, when we got there, Conductor said go back to left. Very unorganized. Tips: There will be a stop in D.C. where the bathrooms are emptied & cleaned.

4.0

Greta

November 15, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Carolinian

Every time I take Amtrak the train us delayed either coming or going or both.

5.0

Rebecca

October 22, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Palmetto

Pros: The train was clean, ran smoothly and in time. The employees were helpful and pleasant. Cons: There were way too many people for the seats available. The poor Amtrak employees were doing mental gymnastics to find seats for every who was boarding. They worked hard. Tips: Just be pleasant, we’re all in the same boat ( or train, as it were).

4.0

Dana

September 30, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Even though it was a bit longer than usual due to a changeover in DC, the entire trip ended up being extremely cheap which was great. It also arrived crisply on time in Richmond and the time I spent in the quiet car, it was actually quiet. Cons: wish it had stopped at Staples Mill. Tips: What is wrong with you that you feel you must watch videos out loud without headphones? Or sitting in the quiet car with your cell phone notifications playing out loud? The silence button on that phone is not hard to find and it's incredibly rude to all the other passengers who want to sleep or relax.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Philadelphia to Richmond is $87.13, By booking your trip at least 21 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $93.86 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Philadelphia to Richmond often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in September when the average ticket price is only $95. If you're thinking of traveling from Philadelphia to Richmond during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $135 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Philadelphia to Richmond. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 21 days before departure, you can save around $93.86. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Richmond?

There are 5 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Richmond. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak18h 58m$143.41
Amtrak Carolinian14h 32m$151.62
Amtrak Northeast Regional64h 59m$125.54
Amtrak Palmetto14h 40m$139.38
Amtrak Silver Service24h 39m$165.59
  • 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 Richmond every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

  • 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 Philadelphia and Richmond, 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 4 hours and 32 minutes.

  • The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. With 6 daily train trips from Philadelphia to Richmond, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling from Philadelphia to Richmond is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Philadelphia to Richmond start from $129 and the average train journey lasts about 4 hours and 39 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Philadelphia and Richmond is approximately 207 miles, or 333 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 28 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 Richmond on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday 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 4:00pm. 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 10 scheduled trains on most days. 13 of these are direct connections to Richmond. 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 Richmond 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.

Richmond

As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles 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 Richmond?

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Main arrival station: 7519 Staples Mill Rd

Located around 5 miles north of Richmond’s city center, the Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Road is Amtrak’s busiest transport hub in the Southeast Region. The station was built in 1975 to replace the downtown Main Street Station. It now serves as an important terminal for routes traveling up and down the American East. Passengers can venture north onboard the Northeast Regional service—Amtrak’s busiest route—to Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. Richmond’s Amtrak Station also offers several southward connections to vacation destinations along the East Coast in [South Carolina(/train-tickets/us-sc/), Georgia, and Florida. In addition, the GRTC bus service is available from the station for transport into downtown Richmond.

Train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

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