Trains from Pittsburgh to Altoona

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Pittsburgh to Altoona. Traveling by train from Pittsburgh to Altoona usually takes around 4 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Distance84 mi (136 km)
Fastest train2h 27m
Lowest price£19.08
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pennsylvanian
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pittsburgh to Altoona

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Elizabeth

2 April 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: I loved the experience of traveling by train. It made me feel like I was traveling somewhere much more exciting than I actually was. Cons: Everything was great, the seat could be a little comfier but overall no complaints!

Pros: I loved the experience of traveling by train. It made me feel like I was traveling somewhere much more exciting than I actually was. Cons: Everything was great, the seat could be a little comfier but overall no complaints!

What is the price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Altoona?

In the last month, £19.08 was the average price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Altoona. 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 13 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £51.59 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Pittsburgh to Altoona 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 £21 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Pittsburgh to Altoona in June, 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 13 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Altoona from Pittsburgh will be about £51.59 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Pittsburgh to Altoona?

2 train services operate from Pittsburgh to Altoona. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 9h 31m£221.99
Amtrak Pennsylvanian12h 27m£23.37
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Pittsburgh to Altoona every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £85.

  • 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 Pittsburgh to Altoona takes about 2 hours and 27 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Pittsburgh to Altoona 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 Pittsburgh to Altoona?

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

The distance between Pittsburgh and Altoona is approximately 84 miles, or 136 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 27 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Pittsburgh to Altoona tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Pittsburgh at 03:00 and arrives in Altoona around 2 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Pittsburgh to Altoona?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Altoona with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Altoona to Pittsburgh.

City Information

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

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Main departure station: 1100 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh’s Union Station on Liberty Ave is a historic building that opened in 1903. Enter the station through enormous outdoor arches and pass beneath the spectacular rotunda dome with a central skylight. Once inside, you can catch the Capitol Limited train on its daily service from Chicago to DC or hop aboard the Pennsylvanian as it begins the journey to New York. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the station offers easy access to the nearby bus terminal, parking, restaurants, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

All train stations in Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • Union Station

  • 501 E Hart St

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

  • South Strip Transit Term

  • 2717 W Bell Rd

Where is the train station in Altoona?

Main arrival station: 1231 11th Ave

Altoona has one train station.

Train stations in Altoona:

  • 1231 11th Ave

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