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Trains from Lancaster to Philadelphia

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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from Lancaster to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Lancaster to Philadelphia usually takes around one hour and 12 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Keystone Service train can make the trip in one hour and 3 minutes.

Distance61 mi (98 km)
Fastest train1h 3m
Lowest price£14.02
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Keystone Service
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Lancaster to Philadelphia

(Based on 33 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Derek

28 June 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: It was nice. Cons: Bathroom cleaning. Tips: Bring a snack.

Pros: It was nice. Cons: Bathroom cleaning. Tips: Bring a snack.

5.0

Michelle

5 June 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Smooth travel - I kept falling asleep on my poor neighbor a few times lol! Love the charging ports. Cons: Honestly, I don’t know!? It was convenient and smooth sailing;). Tips: Get there in plenty of time! Train was even a tad early going there. 30th St Station l...

Pros: Smooth travel - I kept falling asleep on my poor neighbor a few times lol! Love the charging ports. Cons: Honestly, I don’t know!? It was convenient and smooth sailing;). Tips: Get there in plenty of time! Train was even a tad early going there. 30th St Station line out of Philly was super long (but moves very fast).

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5.0

Tyree

28 May 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Quick and easy. Cons: Not much. Tips: Enjoy the ride.

Pros: Quick and easy. Cons: Not much. Tips: Enjoy the ride.

4.0

Tyree

27 May 2022- Business

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Quick, convenient efficient. Cons: The way a certain staff stereotyped me on 3 separate occasions. Tips: Don't fall asleep if your trip is an hour or less.

Pros: Quick, convenient efficient. Cons: The way a certain staff stereotyped me on 3 separate occasions. Tips: Don't fall asleep if your trip is an hour or less.

5.0

Tyree

21 May 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Quick. Quiet. Cons: Not muxh. Tips: Enjoy.

Pros: Quick. Quiet. Cons: Not muxh. Tips: Enjoy.

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

In the last month, £17.31 was the average price of a train ticket from Lancaster to Philadelphia. 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 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £0.30 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£25£16£8JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Philadelphia from Lancaster is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about £17 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Lancaster to Philadelphia by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around £17 whenever you decide to board the train to Philadelphia.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Lancaster to Philadelphia remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Lancaster to Philadelphia?

2 train services operate from Lancaster to Philadelphia. Amtrak Keystone Service usually has more trains scheduled, with 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Keystone Service111h 12m£17.32
Amtrak Pennsylvanian11h 19m£18.22
  • 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 Lancaster to Philadelphia takes just 1 hours and 12 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 £14 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 Lancaster to Philadelphia takes about 1 hours and 19 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Lancaster 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.

How long is the train journey from Lancaster to Philadelphia?

The distance between Lancaster and Philadelphia is approximately 61 miles, or 98 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 3 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Lancaster to Philadelphia on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Lancaster 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.

Is there a direct train from Lancaster to Philadelphia?

There are 12 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Lancaster to Philadelphia.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia to Lancaster.

City Information

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.

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 Lancaster?

Main departure station: 53 E Mcgovern Ave

There is one train station in Lancaster.

All train stations in Lancaster:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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

Philadelphia receives travelers from Lancaster 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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