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Trip Summary

There are 36 daily trains from Washington DC to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia usually takes around 2 hours and 8 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in one hour and 30 minutes.

Distance123 mi (198 km)
Fastest train1h 30m
Lowest price£5.56
Trains per day34
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines8

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington to Philadelphia

(Based on 148 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Barbara

29 April 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

We could not hear any of the announcements. We were never informed about the travel delay.

5.0

ADAMA

1 March 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

My trip was great 👍

4.0

andrew

23 February 2024- Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: That it only took 2 hrs to reach the destination. Cons: If The return trip would've left on time.

5.0

Darryl

10 February 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It went smoothly as planned! Cons: Ensure people use headphones to listen to their music. It would also be nice if people didn't talk on their cell phones for more then a minute or two. Who wants to hear their loud voices on the phone when you're trying to relax? Tips: Please don't have phone conversations on your telephone. Bring headphones if you plan to listen to music.

5.0

Sophie

14 October 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Vermonter

Pros: I like using amtrack because the seats are big and clean and the cars are very quiet. Cons: Some staff is rude but it’s not that bad at all. Tips: No :).

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

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

In the last month, £47.36 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington to Philadelphia. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £44.81 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Washington DC to Philadelphia will vary between £37 and £102. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Washington over the next 7 days is £37. 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

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Ticket prices for the train from Washington DC to Philadelphia often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in January when the average ticket price is only £62,

If you're thinking of traveling from Washington DC to Philadelphia during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £90 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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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Washington will be about £44.81 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 8 train lines with service from Washington to Philadelphia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 18 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak61h 47m£61.87
Amtrak Acela81h 34m£103.76
Amtrak Carolinian11h 45m£102.90
Amtrak Crescent12h 0m£68.96
Amtrak Northeast Regional182h 32m£53.08
Amtrak Palmetto11h 55m£97.74
Amtrak Silver Service12h 0m£90.14
Amtrak Vermonter11h 48m£37.19
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Washington to Philadelphia every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £6.

  • The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. There are 8 Acela trips from Washington to Philadelphia every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • 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 Washington and Philadelphia, 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 1 hours and 45 minutes.

  • The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Washington to Philadelphia take about 2 hours and 0 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from £40.

  • 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 18 daily train trips from Washington to Philadelphia, 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 Washington to Philadelphia 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 Washington to Philadelphia start from £54 and the average train journey lasts about 2 hours and 0 minutes.

  • The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café. There are 1 Vermonter trains traveling from Washington to Philadelphia every day, with prices starting from £13.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although a train from D.C to Philly is faster and has more comfort, traveling by bus is cheaper. Bus tickets average $14, and take between 3 and 3.5 hours. Amtrak trains take only 2 hours, but the average price is around $64 more.
The distance between Washington DC and Philadelphia is approximately 123 miles, or 198 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 8 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 30 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains from Washington DC to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. 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 36 scheduled trains on most days. 34 of these are direct connections to Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia to Washington DC.

City Information

Washington DC

Washington, DC is the capital of the United States, and as such, it offers many points of interest of governmental and historical value. DC is home to several iconic landmarks, including the White House where the U.S. president resides, the Capitol building that houses the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the National Mall, where you can stop by the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial. One of the reasons Washington, DC is among the best destinations to visit with your family is because it is home to so many world-famous museums, including the Smithsonians – 16 museums scattered across the District, most of which are open every day of the week, and even better, every single one is free.

D.C. is not just about politics and museums, though. The city’s active nightlife fittingly ranks it among the biggest party hubs in the country. Head to the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood to check out some of the finest restaurants that the nation’s capital has to offer, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Opened more than 100 years ago in 1907, Union Station is the largest transportation hub in Washington, D.C. with almost 5 million travelers passing through it every year. As the official headquarters of Amtrak, Union Station is the main train station in the U.S. capital. It is also a major hub for intercity bus travel, serving as the main bus station in D.C. for a number of carriers, including Greyhound, BoltBus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and OurBus. Union Station offers easy transit connections to places all over D.C. with dedicated stops for the city’s metro, bus and streetcar services, as well as commuter rail for travelers to and from the surrounding areas. Additionally, with a full blown shopping mall on the premises, Union Station is also among the most popular shopping destinations in the nation's capital.

All train stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 9431 West St

  • VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

  • 825 Kemper St

  • 111 South Commerce St

  • Amtrak/VRE Station

  • Harbor Park Station

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • 55 Norfolk Ave SW

  • 550 Railroad Ave - inside Marine Corps base

  • Amtrak Station - 3516 South St

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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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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