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Train Route Overview: Philadelphia to Raleigh
There are 5 daily trains from Philadelphia to Raleigh. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Raleigh usually takes around 8 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Silver Service train can make the trip in 8 hours and 24 minutes.
|Distance||345 mi (555 km)|
|Fastest train||8h 24m|
|Trains per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Raleigh?
€90.67 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Raleigh. Any tickets cheaper than €90.67 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Raleigh will vary between €86 and €169. Planning a train trip to Raleigh within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is €89. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Philadelphia to Raleigh 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 €82 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Raleigh in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €110 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
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Raleigh from Philadelphia will be about €81.88 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Raleigh?
There are 3 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Raleigh. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Carolinian||1||8h 29m||€107.06|
|Amtrak Silver Service||1||8h 24m||€111.21|
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 Philadelphia to Raleigh every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €78.
The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Philadelphia and Raleigh, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 8 hours and 29 minutes.
Amtrak Silver Service
The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Philadelphia to Raleigh start from €70 and the average train journey lasts about 8 hours and 24 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Raleigh 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 Philadelphia to Raleigh?
How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Raleigh?
The distance between Philadelphia and Raleigh is approximately 345 miles, or 555 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 24 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?
Tuesday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Raleigh, book your ticket for the last day of the week.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 05:00 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.
How many train schedules are there most days?
There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Raleigh. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Raleigh to 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.
As an up-and-coming smart city, Raleigh has a wide range of activities that will satisfy all kinds of travelers. One of the most famous destinations in the city is the Neuse River Trail, which boasts 28 miles of a scenic path running through Wake Forest. It goes through not only forests but also wetlands, allowing walkers and cyclists to take a breather from the concrete jungle and be one with nature. Raleigh is also a famous research city, so it makes sense to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With a permanent collection that attracts all ages, including whale skeletons and seahorse diorama, the museum is a great spot that you should not miss out on. If you wish to go shopping the old-fashioned way, the Raleigh City Market, which opened more than a century ago, allows you to meander through various small boutiques.
Raleigh’s reputation as a foodie haven is on a steady rise, and it currently houses five different establishments by chef Ashley Christensen, of which Poole’s Diner is particularly noteworthy. If you are looking for authentic North Carolina-style barbecues, Clyde Cooper’s stands among the most popular choices.
Raleigh’s main bus station is located outside of the city center at 2210 Capital Blvd. The city’s Amtrak station is one of the busiest in the country, and there are daily trains running from Raleigh to New York City, Charlotte and Miami, among other places. The principal airport in the region is the Raleigh–Durham International Airport, which is northwest of Downtown.
Where is the train station in Philadelphia?
Main departure station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train.
All train stations in Philadelphia:
30th St Station - 2955 Market St
53 E Mcgovern Ave
Harrisburg Transportation Center
Newark Intl Airport
50 S Wilson Ave
100 Middlesex Essex Tpke
13 Lancaster Ave
270 West Emaus Street
West Lancaster Ave and Stuart Ave
110 N 6th Street
25 S Market St
2 Wallace Cir
Amtrak SEPTA Station
501 Maple St
Park & Ride Lot
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