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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia usually takes around 10 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 7 hours and 29 minutes.

Distance257 mi (414 km)
Fastest train7h 29m
Lowest price$75.11
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

NANCY L

June 12, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

First train ride an would do again.

First train ride an would do again.

5.0

Miranda Tagliari

March 23, 2022- Business

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: The train was on time, arrived a few minutes earlier. Very clean and comfy, much better than riding the bus. Cons: N/A. Tips: The train is much more comfortable than the bus.

Pros: The train was on time, arrived a few minutes earlier. Very clean and comfy, much better than riding the bus. Cons: N/A. Tips: The train is much more comfortable than the bus.

4.0

Nathaniel

March 6, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: everything was on time. Cons: wifi did not work on this train.

Pros: everything was on time. Cons: wifi did not work on this train.

4.0

Kathryn

December 20, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: No delays and overall very clean. Cons: Less stops to make the trip faster.

Pros: No delays and overall very clean. Cons: Less stops to make the trip faster.

5.0

Natalia

November 14, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Stable and constant wifi would make a huge difference, there was no connection to the network and it would be really beneficial for train rides like these to have the ability to complete online work.

Stable and constant wifi would make a huge difference, there was no connection to the network and it would be really beneficial for train rides like these to have the ability to complete online work.

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

In the last month, $97.64 was the average price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $64.47 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$164$109$55SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia will vary between C$98 and C$145. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Pittsburgh over the next 7 days is C$112. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$376$300$225$150$75ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$123 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$352 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$273$218$164$109$553020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh will be about C$64.47 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?

2 train services operate from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak311h 57m$134.07
Amtrak Pennsylvanian17h 30m$97.21
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $105.

  • 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 Pittsburgh to Philadelphia takes about 7 hours and 30 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. 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.

How long is the train journey from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?

The distance between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is approximately 257 miles, or 414 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 29 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Pittsburgh at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. 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 Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

City Information

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.

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 or join a history and food tour of the Italian 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

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1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-1

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1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-2

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Main departure 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.

All train stations in Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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

Philadelphia has one train station.

Train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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