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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Philadelphia to Scranton. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Scranton usually takes around 5 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance104 mi (167 km)
Fastest train4h 15m
Lowest price€49.11
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

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

In the last month, €49.11 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Scranton. 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 €54.62 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

€138€110€83€55€28MAMJJASONDJF

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Philadelphia to Scranton by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €79 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Scranton in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €129 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.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Scranton?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Philadelphia to Scranton. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak25h 52m€78.33
  • 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 Philadelphia to Scranton every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €49.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Scranton 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 Scranton?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Philadelphia to Scranton, 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 Philadelphia to Scranton?

The distance between Philadelphia and Scranton is approximately 104 miles, or 167 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 15 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Philadelphia to Scranton on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 11:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00. 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 Scranton?

Trains leave the station in Philadelphia twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market or join a history and food tour of the Italian Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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.

Scranton

You might know Scranton from the award-winning documentary that took place there, The Office. But Scranton is much more than paper and beet farms.

The Steamtown National Historic Site is a little museum dedicated to steam engines and their role in the economy of the United States throughout the nineteenth century. The Anthracite Heritage Museum engages a wide range of audiences by interpreting, collecting, and presenting the story of hard coal mining, allied industries, northern Pennsylvania's historic immigrant culture, and the evolution of the region's culture. Scranton is also known for its handcrafted smoked and cured meats, including their unique smoked kielbasa blend of pork and beef.

Scranton Bus Terminal is the city's main bus and train station, which services all sorts of carriers. Popular bus routes to Scranton come from New York, Seattle, and Kingston. Amtrak trains, meanwhile, are available from Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Seabrook, and more.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Main departure station: Amtrak/SEPTA Station

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 13 stops and stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

  • Penn Station

  • 4 Veterans Plz and 1 Croton Pt Ave

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Amtrak/Metro North Station

  • 100 Middlesex Essex Tpke

  • 525 Water St

  • 112 N Railroad Ave

  • 50 University Ave

  • 25 S Market St

  • South Station

  • 270 West Emaus Street

Where is the train station in Scranton?

Main arrival station: Scranton Bus Terminal

Scranton has one train station.

Train stations in Scranton:

  • Scranton Bus Terminal

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