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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.

What train companies travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

Located in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is accessible by train from 154 other cities. You can choose from 738 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Philadelphia on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Philadelphia

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional472h 9m£54.41
Amtrak Silver Service318h 50m£91.30
Amtrak Crescent303h 33m£90.08
Amtrak Vermonter282h 6m£67.98
Amtrak2620h 32m£118.06
Amtrak Carolinian233h 19m£52.78
Amtrak Cardinal233h 34m£85.64
Amtrak Palmetto232h 47m£58.01
Amtrak Keystone Service181h 12m£26.11
Amtrak Pennsylvanian161h 56m£42.46

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Philadelphia?

£8.17 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Philadelphia, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Philadelphia. In the last month, trains from Ardmore to Philadelphia had the lowest average price at £8.17. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Philadelphia:

Where is the train station in Philadelphia, PA?

The busiest train station in Philadelphia is 30th St Station - 2955 Market St. As Philadelphia's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is N Phil - 2900 N Broad St.

Which train service has the best service to Philadelphia?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Philadelphia by train with Amtrak Acela giving them a 5 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Acela had the most comfortable train service to Philadelphia taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Acela offers. They rate Amtrak Acela a 4.8 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Philadelphia punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak Keystone Service has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Philadelphia, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Philadelphia, PA?

The closest airport to Philadelphia is Philadelphia Intl Airport (PHL), it is located 6.9 miles from the city center of Philadelphia.

Where should you stay in Philly?

The most popular train station in Philadelphia is 30th Street Station. 30th Street Station is particularly close to the Powelton Village neighborhood, an artsy neighborhood known for its creative inhabitants and proximity to nearby Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Just across the river from the bus station is Rittenhouse Square, probably the most iconic (and historic) square in all of Philadelphia. Because this area is a little more touristy, prices on hotels and homeshares may be more expensive, but you’ll be right in the middle of everything.

East of Rittenhouse Square is Center City, the busy heart of Philly. If you stay nearby, you’ll be close to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, as will be in the midst of a bustling nightlife scene.

Just north of Center City is Chinatown, where accommodations may be a touch more affordable, and you’ll have terrific Chinese food right outside your doorstep.

How do you get around Philadelphia?

Between trams, trains and buses, Philadelphia's public transit system is well covered and relatively easy to navigate. The subway system is a bit smaller than the ones you’ll see in D.C. or New York, but that also makes it more manageable.

The SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) operates four subway lines: Broad-Ridge Spur, Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line and PATCO Speedline. If you’re arriving into the 30th Street Station, you’ll likely find the Market-Frankford Line to be the most useful to you, as it operates east-west through Center City and most of Downtown Philadelphia.

The SEPTA subway lines operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day, and tickets cost $2.50 for a one-way ride. If you know you will be using SEPTA all day, you can purchase a one-day pass (up to 8 trips on any bus/subway/tram) for $9.

What are some places to visit in Philly?

Philly is most well-known for its history centered around the American Revolution. In Center City west of 30th Street Station, you can see Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, as well as the famed Liberty Bell.

If you’re an art fan, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the best in the country. It’s also famous for appearing in the original “Rocky” film, in which Rocky Balboa runs up and down the museum’s steps. Adults tickets to the museum cost $20, and student/youth (13-18) tickets cost $14.

If you love the outdoors, consider going to Bartram’s Garden, home to 45 acres of lush flora and fauna (plus, they offer free kayaking and rowboating out on the Delaware River). Speaking of the Delaware River, the Delaware River Waterfront is now a revitalized hub, with a popular promenade and charming nighttime atmosphere.

What are some good restaurants in Philadelphia?

If you’re in Philly, you simply can’t leave without trying a Philly cheesesteak. (Unless you’re vegetarian, of course.) Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia is known for its melty cheesesteak sandwiches. The prices are very reasonable, and there’s even an outdoor seating area.

Downtown near 30th Street Station is Reading Terminal Market, a can’t-miss stop for foodies. The market has loads of restaurants, including Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs and Down Home Diner. It’s also home to two distilleries, two coffee shops, a pub and a juice bar.

What is the best time to visit Philadelphia by train?

The best time to visit Philly is in spring/early summer. Your train fare will be a little cheaper because it’s before peak tourism season, and as an added bonus, you might just see cherry blossoms in bloom.

Is Philadelphia a popular train travel destination?

Philadelphia ranks number 6 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 152 in United States. Philadelphia has the most train connections in the region. There are 668 train schedules arriving in Philadelphia each day.

What is the population of Philadelphia?

The population of Philadelphia is 1567442. Philadelphia ranks number 5 in terms of population in Pennsylvania and number 81 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Philadelphia cost?

Train tickets to Philadelphia range from £8 for a short trip to Philadelphia, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Philadelphia starts at , and a longer trip by train to Philadelphia can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £8 .

What type of traveler does Philadelphia attract?

People who take the train to Philadelphia are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Philadelphia easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Philadelphia?

The closest train station to the city center of Philadelphia is 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, located just 0.9 miles away. Select 30th St Station - 2955 Market St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Philadelphia. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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