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Train Trip Information: Philadelphia to Boston

There are 23 daily trains from Philadelphia to Boston. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Boston usually takes around 11 hours and 41 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 5 hours and 1 minute.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Fastest train5h 1m
Lowest price£26.15
Trains per day27
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia to Boston

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Elyse

8 March 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The seats were very comfortable and staff was very helpful. I have never taken Amtrak before and everything was very easy to follow. Cons: I wish they turned the lights down or off when it got dark outside so i could sleep better. Also the bathroom smelled really...

Pros: The seats were very comfortable and staff was very helpful. I have never taken Amtrak before and everything was very easy to follow. Cons: I wish they turned the lights down or off when it got dark outside so i could sleep better. Also the bathroom smelled really bad. Tips: Bring a small pillow and only bring 2 carry ons.

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5.0

alice

13 September 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The price was great! We were comfortable and relaxed . I had a sandwich from the snack car which was very good. We were in the quiet car which was free of noise and made the trip more enjoyable. Cons: I can’t think of a thing. Tips: This is a great way to travel....

Pros: The price was great! We were comfortable and relaxed . I had a sandwich from the snack car which was very good. We were in the quiet car which was free of noise and made the trip more enjoyable. Cons: I can’t think of a thing. Tips: This is a great way to travel. I would do it again.

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4.0

Frank

1 August 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Handy, easier than flying and less money. Cons: Rude treatment at the train station. Several employees could use a lesson in customer service. Tips: There are a few seats reserved for handicapped people with lots of leg room, but you can grab them and use them w...

Pros: Handy, easier than flying and less money. Cons: Rude treatment at the train station. Several employees could use a lesson in customer service. Tips: There are a few seats reserved for handicapped people with lots of leg room, but you can grab them and use them with the stipulation that you could be asked to move. Also please please please shut the bathroom doors, so the passengers sitting in the above seats don't have to stare at a dirty bathroom.

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4.0

wendelyn

21 July 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I liked the professional staff, the clean seats and the Quiet Car. It was an oasis which, except for one unruly and loud passenger, was great. Cons: The staff needs to keep a watchful eye for abusive customers. A man came into the car, was breathing and coughing ...

Pros: I liked the professional staff, the clean seats and the Quiet Car. It was an oasis which, except for one unruly and loud passenger, was great. Cons: The staff needs to keep a watchful eye for abusive customers. A man came into the car, was breathing and coughing heavily while leaning over me, as I sat in my seat. I tried to ignore him and when I looked up, he wasn't wearing a mask! He was heaving and really blowing his entire lungs onto me and then I put my hands up in a defensive position and said, "please, can you go over there?" He barked loudly at me and then sat in front of me. He also yelled at me when I used the tray table because he said that he could not let his seat back. I tried to ignore him but he got loud and abusive and then I told him that he probably needed to talk to a conductor for help. He shot out of his seat, grabbed his bag overhead above me and stormed ahead and sat somewhere else. It was a little scary! I've had Covid and am still recovering. My lungs are weak so for him to get on the train like that was awful. I wish staff had seen him and told him to back-off. He was a bully. Tips: Keep a watchful eye...

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4.0

Philip

15 June 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Everything about Boston. Cons: Spending more time there. Tips: Take good with you.

Pros: Everything about Boston. Cons: Spending more time there. Tips: Take good with you.

Philadelphia to Boston Route Map

Philadelphia Boston

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

In the last month, £123.71 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Boston. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £51.09 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£184£123£61MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Boston will vary between £109 and £184. Planning a train trip to Boston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is £109. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Philadelphia to Boston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £76 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Boston in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £119 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

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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 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Boston from Philadelphia will be about £51.09 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Boston?

There are 3 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Boston. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1118h 0m£152.83
Amtrak Acela55h 13m£183.48
Amtrak Northeast Regional76h 6m£100.58
  • 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 11 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Boston every day, as well as 18 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £43.

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  • Amtrak Acela

    Amtrak Acela

    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 5 Acela trips from Philadelphia to Boston every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

    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 7 daily train trips from Philadelphia to Boston, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Boston 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 Philadelphia to Boston?

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Boston is approximately 271 miles, or 436 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 1 minute.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Philadelphia to Boston on Friday. Tickets for Friday 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 Philadelphia at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 Philadelphia to Boston?

There are 23 scheduled trains on most days. 27 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to Philadelphia.

City Information

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.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

  • 50 S Wilson Ave

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

  • 13 Lancaster Ave

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • Bus Terminal - 325 Hamilton St

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • Amtrak SEPTA Station

  • Park & Ride Lot

  • Scranton Bus Terminal

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania

  • Intermodal Transp Ctr

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • Vernon J. Ehlers Station

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Arrival stations

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

Train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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