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Trip Summary

You can pick from 3 daily train trips between Pittsburgh and Lancaster. The average train journey from Pittsburgh to Lancaster takes 9 hours and 12 minutes, but some Amtrak Pennsylvanian train trips are as short as 6 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance197 mi (316 km)
Fastest train6h 11m
Lowest price€43.28
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pittsburgh to Lancaster

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Burt

15 July 2023- Business

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

I was very pleased with the service and on time schedule of the trains.

5.0

MEHDI

4 June 2023- Business

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: VERY COMFORTABLE SEATING AND RIDE IN BUSINESS CLASS. Cons: ITS ALL GOOD.

4.0

Frank

29 July 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Free wifi. Cons: Staff rude at Pittsburgh Union station.

5.0

Jonathan

21 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: My seat had a ton of leg room and I was very happy with the baggage policy. All the staff were incredibly welcoming and courteous and balanced a great line between being friendly and efficient. Cons: I was a little disappointed with the quality of the Pittsburgh Amtrak station. It isn't the fault of the workers at all but walking to Union Station I would have expected something a little more nice and up-to-date and instead was greeted by a run-down station with sad lighting. The workers did their absolute best to make the best of their working condition but I feel that the overall station and the quality of the trip would be improved if the station received a little more love and care. Also, I was a little concerned about the wifi on the train. Free wi-fi was advertised, and while I did receive a signal, it never seemed to let my phone fully connect to it. I did as much trouble shooting as I could and it never seemed to fully connect so I had to rely on my own data plan for the whole trip. Tips: Arrive early and don't check your bags! It was so much easier to just keep them above on the rack and grab and go when I got to my station.

5.0

Esther Carol

10 May 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Comfortable travel! Cons: Better healthier food! Tips: Ride business class!

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

In the last month, €54.33 was the average price of a train ticket from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €157.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Pittsburgh to Lancaster often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in August when the average ticket price is only €55,

If you're thinking of traveling from Pittsburgh to Lancaster during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €68 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 8 days before departure, you can save around €157.13. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Pittsburgh to Lancaster?

2 train services operate from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak211h 14m€109.59
Amtrak Pennsylvanian16h 11m€47.67
  • 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 Pittsburgh to Lancaster every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €54.

  • 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 Lancaster takes about 6 hours and 11 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Pittsburgh and Lancaster is approximately 197 miles, or 316 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 11 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.

Trains departing from Pittsburgh to Lancaster tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. 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 Thursday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Pittsburgh at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 09:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Pittsburgh to Lancaster. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Lancaster 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.

Lancaster

Lancaster is a city in the Piedmont Region, between Baltimore and Philadelphia, primarily known for being a hub of Pennsylvania's Amish Country. One of Lancaster's most popular attractions is the Central Market, housed in an impressive structure built in 1889. Here, you can shop from over 60 vendors and sample their fresh fruits, cheeses, or baked treats and purchase handmade Amish goods unique to the area.

Lancaster also features a growing art scene, and Gallery Row downtown hosts some of the town's best boutiques, art galleries, and vintage shops. The Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art offer additional venues for culture vultures to check out. If you're visiting with kids, don't miss Dutch Wonderland just outside of town; this royal theme park includes 32 rides and activities catering to young children.

Lancaster features a vibrant food scene with plenty of selections and cuisines for even the most discerning foodies. Some local favorites include C'est La Vie, The Brasserie Restaurant & Bar, and Shot & Bottle.

Amtrak Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service trains stop in Lancaster and connect the town with Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and New York. OurBus offers intercity bus routes to Lancaster, as well. The nearest airport for passenger flights is in Philadelphia, about 60 miles away or just an hour on the train.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

1100 Liberty Ave  - PGHAMT-0

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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

  • Pittsburgh Intermodal/Grant St Trans Ctr

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • Pacific Central Station

Where is the train station in Lancaster?

Main arrival station: 53 E Mcgovern Ave

Lancaster has one train station.

Train stations in Lancaster:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

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