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Train Trip Information: Harrisburg to Philadelphia

There are 18 daily trains from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Harrisburg to Philadelphia usually takes around 6 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Keystone Service train can make the trip in one hour and 35 minutes.

Distance94 mi (151 km)
Fastest train1h 35m
Lowest price£22.88
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Harrisburg to Philadelphia

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Jeff

13 April 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: My purpose of taking the train, was to get to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station; where I would take the SEPTA train to the airport. Timing was very important; so I am happy to say that with the rain being on time was truly a success. I even arrived a bit earlier...

Pros: My purpose of taking the train, was to get to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station; where I would take the SEPTA train to the airport. Timing was very important; so I am happy to say that with the rain being on time was truly a success. I even arrived a bit earlier than scheduled; a definite plus. Cons: At least for my trip, I feel everything was perfect. Tips: I would say the most important thing is for any travelers: Be on time; the train will do the rest of the work.

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5.0

Martin

13 January 2022- Business

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Clean, smooth and easy. Cons: Onboard wifi.

Pros: Clean, smooth and easy. Cons: Onboard wifi.

4.0

Craig

21 August 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Keystone Service

Train ride was stress free. Clean cars and bathroom. Staff very professional.

Train ride was stress free. Clean cars and bathroom. Staff very professional.

5.0

Richard

1 August 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Spacious, on-time, and clean train. Cons: Everything was good. Tips: Use Amtrak.

Pros: Spacious, on-time, and clean train. Cons: Everything was good. Tips: Use Amtrak.

5.0

Erick

13 February 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Keystone Service

I love how fast it's to book a trip

I love how fast it's to book a trip

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

£44.88 is the average price of a coach ticket from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Any tickets cheaper than £44.88 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a coach ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

£86£57£29MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia will vary between £35 and £80. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Harrisburg over the next 7 days is £38. 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

£61£49£37£25£12JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Harrisburg to Philadelphia by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £29 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Harrisburg to Philadelphia in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £42 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

£61£49£37£25£123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 2 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Harrisburg will be about £7.85 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Harrisburg to Philadelphia?

There are 3 train lines with service from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak712h 14m£75.41
Amtrak Keystone Service101h 46m£28.58
Amtrak Pennsylvanian11h 59m£30.03
  • 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 7 Amtrak trains from Harrisburg to Philadelphia every day, as well as 18 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £34.

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  • 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 Philadelphia takes just 1 hours and 46 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 £23 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 Philadelphia takes about 1 hours and 59 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Harrisburg 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.

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 Philadelphia?

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

The distance between Harrisburg and Philadelphia is approximately 94 miles, or 151 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 35 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Saturday is usually the day when trains are busiest, as many travelers take the train to enjoy the weekend in Philadelphia. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your train travel for the beginning of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Harrisburg at 05:00 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.

How many trains are there each day?

There are 18 scheduled trains on most days. 12 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 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.

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. 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Harrisburg?

Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-0

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Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-1

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Departure stations

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

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

  • Laskaris Restaurant

  • 3155 N Susquehanna Trail

  • 3298 Susquehanna Trail

  • 60 N 4th St

  • 47 Walnut St

  • Fullington Trailways Bus Terminal

  • Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr

  • 1231 11th Ave

  • 5254 S Susquehanna Trail

  • Lewisburg Municipal Parking Lot

  • 105 S Market St

  • The Lamplighter - 6566 William Penn Hwy

  • Park & Ride Lot

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

Philadelphia receives travelers from Harrisburg at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • N Phil - 2900 N Broad St

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