COVID-19 Travel Guide
Learn more ›

Trains from Altoona to State College

Lowest Prices

We partner with the top coach & train carriers to bring you the best deals.

No Wanderu Fees

Without any extra fees, we make it easy to book your tickets.

Best Travel Options

We help you find & compare the best buses & trains in one place.

Altoona - State College Train Timetable

Find cheap rental carsFind great deals on cheap cars in the area.
RentalCars logotypeRentalCars logotype
from€28.77

Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Altoona to State College. Traveling by train from Altoona to State College usually takes around 7 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 42 minutes.

Distance34 mi (54 km)
Fastest train4h 42m
Lowest price€37.41
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

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

In the last month, €47.22 was the average price of a train ticket from Altoona to State College. 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 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €42.82 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€86€58€29JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Altoona to State College will vary between €47 and €74. Planning a train trip to State College within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Altoona over the next 7 days is €49. 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

€192€153€115€77€38ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Altoona to State College 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 €53 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Altoona to State College in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €174 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

€120€96€72€48€243020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to State College from Altoona will be about €42.82 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Altoona to State College?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Altoona to State College. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak38h 0m€64.02
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Altoona to State College every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €37.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Altoona to State College 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 State College?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Altoona to State College, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Altoona to State College?

The distance between Altoona and State College is approximately 34 miles, or 54 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 42 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?

Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Altoona to State College. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Monday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Altoona at 01:00 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 Altoona to State College?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

City Information

State College

State College, PA - SCL-0

Image credit: emilee rader

Link to image attribution
State College, PA - SCL-1

Image credit: Unsplash

State College, PA - SCL-2

Image credit: Unsplash

State College is a college town, hence the name. It is home to Penn State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. As expected, most of the businesses in the area are there to serve the academic clientele, particularly the professors and students living in the area (if you’re one of them, you might want to check out our recommended destinations for college students).

One of the most popular events in State College is the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which draws over a hundred thousand visitors each year. Aside from Penn State University, the city's major attractions are The Arboretum and the Beaver Stadium.

If you're into culture, history, and the arts, you should check out the Palmer Museum of Art, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, and Centre County Historical Society.

While at State College, be sure to try out the waffles at The Original Waffle Shop. Other good places to dine are the Berkey Creamery, Allen Street Grill, and Federal Taphouse. Finally, for some good drinks, stop by Otto's Pub and Brewery.

Getting around State College is a breeze. The local airport, University Park Airport, is a mere 5 miles away from campus. In addition, Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Amtrak Thruway run regularly scheduled bus services from State College to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, New York City, and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Altoona?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-2

Image credit: Luke H. Gordon

Link to image attribution
1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

Image credit: David Brossard

Link to image attribution
1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-1

Image credit: Barta IV

Link to image attribution

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 Altoona:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • Union Station

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • 47 Walnut St

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • Harrison Ave and Seton Hill Dr

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • 329 McKinley Ave

  • Union Terminal - 1301 Western Ave

Plan your next adventure

Wanderu is the simplest way to book bus and train travel.

With just a quick search on Wanderu, you can compare bus and train schedules and prices from hundreds of travel companies in one convenient place to find the trip that works best for you. Wanderu’s simple checkout process makes it easy to book cheap bus and train tickets hassle-free and with no additional fees. Most importantly, as Wanderu is an official partner of all leading bus and train companies, we always have the best bus and train deals out there.

Book coaches and trains on the go with the Wanderu app.

Download our app and snag the best travel deals across North America & Europe.Learn more

iPhone
Android
Available on iOS & Android