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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Altoona to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Altoona to Philadelphia usually takes around 5 hours and 41 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

Distance175 mi (281 km)
Fastest train4h 58m
Lowest price€35.87
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, €35.87 was the average price of a train ticket from Altoona, PA to Philadelphia, PA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 15 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €22.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€38€26€13SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Philadelphia from Altoona is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about €36 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

€64€51€38€26€13ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Altoona to Philadelphia by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €37 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Altoona to Philadelphia in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €44 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

€64€51€38€26€133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 15 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Altoona will be about €22.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Altoona to Philadelphia?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak26h 6m€38.15
Amtrak Pennsylvanian14h 58m€37.92
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Altoona to Philadelphia every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €36.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Altoona 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Altoona to Philadelphia?

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

The distance between Altoona and Philadelphia is approximately 175 miles, or 281 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 58 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 from Altoona to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Sunday 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 Altoona at 10:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00. 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 Altoona to Philadelphia?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Altoona to Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia to Altoona. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Altoona to Philadelphia for €43.56.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Altoona?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Altoona.

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

Philadelphia has one train station.

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