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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. Traveling by train from Pittsburgh to Lancaster usually takes around 18 hours and 19 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 6 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance197 mi (316 km)
Fastest train6h 6m
Lowest price£38.75
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pittsburgh to Lancaster

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Jonathan

21 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: My seat had a ton of leg room and I was very happy with the baggage policy. All the staff were incredibly welcoming and courteous and balanced a great line between being friendly and efficient. Cons: I was a little disappointed with the quality of the Pittsburgh ...

Pros: My seat had a ton of leg room and I was very happy with the baggage policy. All the staff were incredibly welcoming and courteous and balanced a great line between being friendly and efficient. Cons: I was a little disappointed with the quality of the Pittsburgh Amtrak station. It isn't the fault of the workers at all but walking to Union Station I would have expected something a little more nice and up-to-date and instead was greeted by a run-down station with sad lighting. The workers did their absolute best to make the best of their working condition but I feel that the overall station and the quality of the trip would be improved if the station received a little more love and care. Also, I was a little concerned about the wifi on the train. Free wi-fi was advertised, and while I did receive a signal, it never seemed to let my phone fully connect to it. I did as much trouble shooting as I could and it never seemed to fully connect so I had to rely on my own data plan for the whole trip. Tips: Arrive early and don't check your bags! It was so much easier to just keep them above on the rack and grab and go when I got to my station.

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5.0

Esther Carol

10 May 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Comfortable travel! Cons: Better healthier food! Tips: Ride business class!

Pros: Comfortable travel! Cons: Better healthier food! Tips: Ride business class!

5.0

Margaret

4 October 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: I am handicapped and everyone went beyond their duties to help me, even occasionally checking on me and advising me of how long to Lancaster. Cons: Absolutely nothing. Tips: use amtrak!

Pros: I am handicapped and everyone went beyond their duties to help me, even occasionally checking on me and advising me of how long to Lancaster. Cons: Absolutely nothing. Tips: use amtrak!

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

In the last month, £51.85 was the average price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £106.76 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£198£132£66JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Pittsburgh to Lancaster will vary between £49 and £195. Planning a train trip to Lancaster within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Pittsburgh over the next 7 days is £67. 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

£82£66£49£33£16ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Pittsburgh to Lancaster by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £53 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Pittsburgh to Lancaster in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £73 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

£165£132£99£66£333020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 16 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Lancaster from Pittsburgh will be about £106.76 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Pittsburgh to Lancaster?

2 train services operate from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak61d 16h 19m£247.12
Amtrak Pennsylvanian16h 6m£48.68
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Pittsburgh to Lancaster every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £51.

  • 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 Lancaster takes about 6 hours and 6 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Pittsburgh and Lancaster is approximately 197 miles, or 316 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 19 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 6 minutes.

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?

Trains departing from Pittsburgh to Lancaster 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 Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Pittsburgh at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. 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 Pittsburgh to Lancaster?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

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

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

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1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-1

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1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-2

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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

  • Union Station

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • Dingell Transit Ctr - 21201 Michigan Ave

  • Union Station

  • 820 East Main St

  • 226 N Whittaker St

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • Union Depot

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

Where is the train station in Lancaster?

Main arrival station: 53 E Mcgovern Ave

Lancaster has one train station.

Train stations in Lancaster:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

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