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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. Traveling by train from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg usually takes around 6 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance164 mi (264 km)
Fastest train5h 20m
Lowest price€43.77
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pennsylvanian
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Ethan

5 March 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: If there’s one thing I know, Amtrak provides much better service than Greyhound. The staff, including all the conductors, are very friendly and accommodating. They communicate with respect for every rider. I visited the dining car for the first time yesterday and...

Pros: If there’s one thing I know, Amtrak provides much better service than Greyhound. The staff, including all the conductors, are very friendly and accommodating. They communicate with respect for every rider. I visited the dining car for the first time yesterday and was extremely satisfied. I bought a coffee and was given plenty of creamers, sugars, and a stir stick, all in a sturdy tray. The woman was very nice and cheerful. I felt cared about in that moment in a way I haven’t experienced much in customer service. Cons: Maybe having a more reliable system for reserving the handicapped seats. They are very polite about asking passengers to move when they are needed. It may be helpful to exclude the seats unless needed when passengers board. Tips: Use Amtrak over Greyhound. You are getting a great bargain for your money. There’s always plenty of space, friendly people, and services to use.

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5.0

Tel

26 August 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Comfortable

Comfortable

5.0

Aralene

3 January 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: The comfort and relaxation for not having to drive on the PA turnpike. Cons: Not a thing. Tips: Try it you’ll like it.

Pros: The comfort and relaxation for not having to drive on the PA turnpike. Cons: Not a thing. Tips: Try it you’ll like it.

What is the price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg?

In the last month, €43.77 was the average price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. 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 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €30.20 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. 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 Pittsburgh to Harrisburg in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €132 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

€127€102€76€51€253020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 14 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Harrisburg from Pittsburgh will be about €30.20 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg?

2 train services operate from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12d 22h 5m€546.64
Amtrak Pennsylvanian15h 20m€54.48
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €547.

  • Amtrak Pennsylvanian

    Amtrak Pennsylvanian

    The Amtrak Pennsylvanian runs daily between New York City and Pittsburgh, passing through cities such as Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The trains feature basic amenities such as a cafe car and free onboard WiFi and offer checked baggage service. A trip from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg takes about 5 hours and 20 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg 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 Pittsburgh to Harrisburg?

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

The distance between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg is approximately 164 miles, or 264 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 20 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 departing from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg tend to have the most passengers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Pittsburgh at 07:00 and arrives in Harrisburg around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Harrisburg with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh.

City Information

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

Harrisburg

As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg offers numerous historic buildings with impressive architecture that will leave you in awe. Among the most impressive ones is the state’s Capitol Complex itself. With a dome that reminisces St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the building features as many as 475 rooms filled with exquisite artworks and statues. History fans should also consider visiting the State Museum of Pennsylvania, which follows the history of the state from the beginning of time to this day. Another must-see destination is the National Civil War Museum, which is one of the largest museums dedicated to the Civil War. If too many history lessons stress you out, a cruise along the Susquehanna River on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will definitely help you unwind.

Harrisburg’s grilled dishes are some of the most famous staples in the city, and among the best establishments is Progress Grill, which has been serving customers since the late 1940s. For some really creative pizzas, The Pizza Grille will be a good choice.

The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the central hub for intercity travel. At the lower level, you can catch a bus by Greyhound, Jefferson Lines or Fullington Trailways to other Pennsylvanian cities such as Allentown and Philadelphia. Travelers can also take Amtrak trains to popular destinations like New York and Philadelphia on a daily basis. The city’s principal airport is Harrisburg International Airport, which is located in Middletown, southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

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1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-1

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1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-2

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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 Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Harrisburg?

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Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-1

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Main arrival station: Harrisburg Transportation Center

The Harrisburg Transportation Center (HTC) is a national historical landmark, with a portion of the station dating back to 1887. The station still serves as the city’s primary transportation hub and welcomes over half a million passengers annually. The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the departure point for Amtrak’s Keystone Service to New York City and a stop on the Pennsylvanian route from New York City to Pittsburgh. Besides train service, bus service on Jefferson Lines, Fullington Trailways, and Greyhound operates through this station. Located in downtown Harrisburg, the station is a quick walk from Capitol Park and some of the city’s top restaurants and shopping.

Train stations in Harrisburg:

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

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