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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

Lowest Price€24.82
Fastest Train1h 40m
Trains Per Day20
Train Lines9

Philadelphia to Washington DC Route Map

Philadelphia Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

What Amtrak lines travel from Philadelphia to Washington?

There are 8 Amtrak lines that travel between Philly and Washington, DC, combining for 40 daily trips.

  • Amtrak Acela offers 13 daily trips from Philadelphia to Washington, and is the fastest train covering this route, with an average travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It’s also the most expensive, with ticket prices averaging around $149.
  • Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 18 daily trips from Philadelphia to Washington, with an average travel time of 2 hours. Tickets on the Northeast Regional average around $69.
  • Amtrak Silver Service offers 2 daily trips from Philadelphia to Washington, with an average travel time of 1 hour and 58 minutes. Tickets on the Silver Service average around $101.51.
  • Amtrak Vermonter offers 1 daily trip from Philadelphia to Washington, with an average travel time of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It’s also the cheapest option, with tickets averaging $65.36.
  • Amtrak Carolinian, Cardinal, Crescent and Palmetto all offer 1 daily trip between Philadelphia and Washington, with trips taking about 2 hours and prices ranging between $72 and $82.

Where does the train drop you off in DC?

Incoming Amtrak lines in DC drop off passengers at Washington Union Station. Union Station is a historic train station, completed in 1908 by the famed architect Daniel Burnham. At Union Station you can board regional transit, including the Metro, the Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC), the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and local buses.

From Philadelphia, trains depart from 30th Street Station. The first train of the day departs at 12:00 a.m., while the last train departs at 10:00 p.m.

Is Philadelphia to Washington a good day-trip?

A day-trip from Philadelphia to Washington would be relatively doable, as the total travel time averages around 2 hours. However, the cheapest ticket is $65, making it rather expensive for a day-trip — in which case you may prefer to take a bus. Buses take closer to 3 hours, but tickes are only $14.

Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Washington 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 Washington DC?

In the last month, €44.67 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Washington, DC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €34.30 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

The distance between Philadelphia and Washington DC is approximately 123 miles, or 198 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 40 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 Washington DC 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 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 Philadelphia at 04:00 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 Washington DC?

There are 20 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Washington DC.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Washington DC to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Washington DC for €7.70.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

There are 9 train lines with service from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Washington, District of Columbia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11h 50m€46.95
Amtrak Acela51h 45m€100.42
Amtrak Cardinal11h 56m€49.62
Amtrak Carolinian11h 52m€51.41
Amtrak Crescent12h 5m€60.05
Amtrak Northeast Regional101h 59m€41.09
Amtrak Palmetto11h 50m€56.57
Amtrak Silver Service11h 56m€48.41
Amtrak Vermonter11h 56m€39.82

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 Washington DC?

Washington DC has one train station:

  • Union Station

Price trends for trains from Philadelphia to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

€77€51€26NovDec

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia, PA to Washington, DC
4.8
Based on 27 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0

Based on 24 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 64 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.0
Value
3.7
Condition
4.7
Lawrence
5.0
22 May 2020
Pros
Emergency visit.
Lawrence
5.0
15 February 2020Solo travel
Pros
For a last minute getaway. It was nice to have something available and affordable
Tips
Pack light and enjoy
Leeanne
5.0
6 January 2020Couples trip
Pros
It was comfortable and relaxing. Very quick
Cons
Nothing
Emily
5.0
2 September 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I enjoyed the ease of the process of boarding and unbarring. I thought the quiet car was a nice inclusion and that everyone on the train was pleasant.
Cons
I do think it would be helpful to have someone at the entrance or on the platform to explain things. I had never been on this trip before so I was unfamiliar with the rules - where does bags go, can you get up and walk around, dining car, quiet care, etc. Or a pamphlet ...More
Tips
Try to get there early to snag a prime seat. Don't bring too much luggage and make sure you want to be in the quiet car if you're there. Otherwise you might get moved.
Dalix
5.0
25 December 2019Vacation
Pros
It's was a good experience traveling with you 😊😘😘😘. cause you find please for your laggage with out no problem.
Tips
Please try it will not regret traveling with them.

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Palmetto report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
3.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Thomas
5.0
12 June 2019Business
Pros
Visited colleges and toured the city - we would have been exhausted if we had to drive.
Cons

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Vermonter report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Tiffany
5.0
9 November 2019Solo travel
Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
Tips
Enjoy your trip

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