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Harrisburg - Lancaster Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 16 daily trains from Harrisburg to Lancaster. Traveling by train from Harrisburg to Lancaster usually takes around 2 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest Amtrak Keystone Service train can make the trip in 30 minutes.

Distance35 mi (56 km)
Fastest train0h 30m
Lowest price£9.89
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

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What is the price of a train ticket from Harrisburg to Lancaster?

In the last month, £16.35 was the average price of a train ticket from Harrisburg to Lancaster. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 3 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £2.80 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£25£16£8JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Harrisburg to Lancaster will vary between £16 and £25. Planning a train trip to Lancaster within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Harrisburg over the next 7 days is £16. 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

£41£33£25£16£8ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Harrisburg to Lancaster by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £10 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Harrisburg to Lancaster in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £27 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

£41£33£25£16£83020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 3 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Lancaster from Harrisburg will be about £2.80 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Harrisburg to Lancaster?

There are 3 train lines with service from Harrisburg to Lancaster. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak46h 47m£46.55
Amtrak Keystone Service110h 33m£9.89
Amtrak Pennsylvanian10h 37m£10.07
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Harrisburg to Lancaster every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £21.

  • Amtrak Keystone Service

    Amtrak Keystone Service

    The Keystone Service is a daily train service that Amtrak operates from New York City to Harrisburg, PA. The route is notable for its high-speed rail portions, where the train can reach up to 125 mph. This speed means the trip from Harrisburg to Lancaster takes just 0 hours and 33 minutes on the Keystone Service. The train’s amenities include free WiFi, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and a Quiet Car for those who prefer to sleep, work, or study in a quieter atmosphere. Tickets on this route usually cost , but if you book in advance, you may be able to score a £10 ticket.

  • 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 Harrisburg to Lancaster takes about 0 hours and 37 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Harrisburg to Lancaster 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 Harrisburg to Lancaster?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Harrisburg to Lancaster. 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 Harrisburg to Lancaster?

The distance between Harrisburg and Lancaster is approximately 35 miles, or 56 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 1 minute, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 30 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Lancaster.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Harrisburg to Lancaster are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Harrisburg at 01:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. 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 Harrisburg to Lancaster?

There are 16 scheduled trains on most days. 12 of these are direct connections to Lancaster. 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 Lancaster to Harrisburg.

City Information

Harrisburg

As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg offers numerous historic buildings with impressive architecture that will leave you in awe. Among the most impressive ones is the state’s Capitol Complex itself. With a dome that reminisces St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the building features as many as 475 rooms filled with exquisite artworks and statues. History fans should also consider visiting the State Museum of Pennsylvania, which follows the history of the state from the beginning of time to this day. Another must-see destination is the National Civil War Museum, which is one of the largest museums dedicated to the Civil War. If too many history lessons stress you out, a cruise along the Susquehanna River on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will definitely help you unwind.

Harrisburg’s grilled dishes are some of the most famous staples in the city, and among the best establishments is Progress Grill, which has been serving customers since the late 1940s. For some really creative pizzas, The Pizza Grille will be a good choice.

The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the central hub for intercity travel. At the lower level, you can catch a bus by Greyhound, Jefferson Lines or Fullington Trailways to other Pennsylvanian cities such as Allentown and Philadelphia. Travelers can also take Amtrak trains to popular destinations like New York and Philadelphia on a daily basis. The city’s principal airport is Harrisburg International Airport, which is located in Middletown, southeast of the city.

Lancaster

Lancaster is a city in the Piedmont Region, between Baltimore and Philadelphia, primarily known for being a hub of Pennsylvania's Amish Country. One of Lancaster's most popular attractions is the Central Market, housed in an impressive structure built in 1889. Here, you can shop from over 60 vendors and sample their fresh fruits, cheeses, or baked treats and purchase handmade Amish goods unique to the area.

Lancaster also features a growing art scene, and Gallery Row downtown hosts some of the town's best boutiques, art galleries, and vintage shops. The Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art offer additional venues for culture vultures to check out. If you're visiting with kids, don't miss Dutch Wonderland just outside of town; this royal theme park includes 32 rides and activities catering to young children.

Lancaster features a vibrant food scene with plenty of selections and cuisines for even the most discerning foodies. Some local favourites include C'est La Vie, The Brasserie Restaurant & Bar, and Shot & Bottle.

Amtrak Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service trains stop in Lancaster and connect the town with Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and New York. OurBus offers intercity coach routes to Lancaster, as well. The nearest airport for passenger flights is in Philadelphia, about 60 miles away or just an hour on the train.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Harrisburg?

Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-1

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Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-0

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Main departure station: Harrisburg Transportation Center

The Harrisburg Transportation Center (HTC) is a national historical landmark, with a portion of the station dating back to 1887. The station still serves as the city’s primary transportation hub and welcomes over half a million passengers annually. The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the departure point for Amtrak’s Keystone Service to New York City and a stop on the Pennsylvanian route from New York City to Pittsburgh. Besides train service, bus service on Jefferson Lines, Fullington Trailways, and Greyhound operates through this station. Located in downtown Harrisburg, the station is a quick walk from Capitol Park and some of the city’s top restaurants and shopping.

All train stations in Harrisburg:

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

  • Pennsylvania Ave and W 10th St

  • 47 Walnut St

  • 1231 11th Ave

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • 3298 Susquehanna Trail

  • Harrison Ave and Seton Hill Dr

  • Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

  • 3155 N Susquehanna Trail

  • 105 S Market St

  • 5254 S Susquehanna Trail

  • 1412 Susquehanna Trail

  • Park & Ride Lot

  • Westmoreland Transit Center

Where is the train station in Lancaster?

Main arrival station: 53 E Mcgovern Ave

Lancaster has one train station.

Train stations in Lancaster:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

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