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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Philadelphia to Lancaster?

Lowest Price£16.48
Fastest Train1h 7m
Trains Per Day8
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, £16.48 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA. 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 2 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £0.25 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Lancaster?

The distance between Philadelphia and Lancaster is approximately 61 miles, or 98 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 7 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?

Trains from Philadelphia to Lancaster are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Philadelphia at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 Lancaster?

There are 8 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Lancaster.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Lancaster to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Lancaster for £29.03.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Lancaster?

2 train services operate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Amtrak Keystone Service usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Keystone Service71h 12m£16.56
Amtrak Pennsylvanian11h 9m£16.57

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

There is one train station in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Where is the train station in Lancaster?

Lancaster has one train station:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA
Based on 11 ratings and reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Keystone Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 88 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
15 August 2020Solo travel
Peace and quitePeace and quite
Everything fineEverything fine
Be safeBe safe
31 January 2020Business
I wish there was an express from Lancaster Pa to PhiladelphiaI wish there was an express from Lancaster Pa to Philadelphia
1 September 2019Visiting family
The duration and seat.The duration and seat.
A free drink maybe?A free drink maybe?
If you do not want to sit with someone else or have 2 or more people, scope out the whole train for free seats! Also be aware that there is a quiet car.If you do not want to sit with someone else or have 2 or more people, scope out the whole train for free seats! Also be aware that there is a quiet car.
30 August 2019Visiting friends
16 June 2019
lots of leg roomlots of leg room
support to get on to train with lots of luggage (which end hold luggage etc)support to get on to train with lots of luggage (which end hold luggage etc)

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