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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.
What train companies travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
Located in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is accessible by train from 394 other cities. You can choose from 1705 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Philadelphia on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Philadelphia are also available.
Train companies serving Philadelphia
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Northeast Regional||47||2h 20m||$74.91|
|Amtrak Silver Service||40||9h 42m||$124.70|
|Amtrak Crescent||30||3h 54m||$109.23|
|Amtrak Vermonter||28||2h 24m||$79.91|
|Amtrak Carolinian||23||3h 52m||$75.92|
|Amtrak Cardinal||23||4h 12m||$94.86|
|Amtrak Palmetto||23||3h 5m||$81.59|
|Amtrak Keystone Service||18||1h 11m||$39.24|
|Amtrak Pennsylvanian||16||2h 7m||$55.37|
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.
The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. The Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.
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.
The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.
The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café.
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 boasts seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car.
The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café.
The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way.
The Keystone Service is a daily train service that Amtrak operates from New York City to Harrisburg, PA. The route is notable for its high-speed rail portions, where the train can reach up to 125 mph. The train’s amenities include free WiFi, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and a Quiet Car for those who prefer to sleep, work, or study in a quieter atmosphere.
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.
Which train carrier has the best service to Philadelphia?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Philadelphia by train with Amtrak Vermonter giving them a 4.9 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Palmetto had the most comfortable train service to Philadelphia taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Palmetto offers. They rate Amtrak Palmetto a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Philadelphia punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Keystone Service has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Philadelphia, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
The busiest train station in Philadelphia is 30th St Station - 2955 Market St. As Philadelphia's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is N Phil - 2900 N Broad St.
The most popular train station in Philadelphia is 30th Street Station. 30th Street Station is particularly close to the Powelton Village neighborhood, an artsy neighborhood known for its creative inhabitants and proximity to nearby Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Just across the river from the bus station is Rittenhouse Square, probably the most iconic (and historic) square in all of Philadelphia. Because this area is a little more touristy, prices on hotels and homeshares may be more expensive, but you’ll be right in the middle of everything.
East of Rittenhouse Square is Center City, the busy heart of Philly. If you stay nearby, you’ll be close to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, as will be in the midst of a bustling nightlife scene.
Just north of Center City is Chinatown, where accommodations may be a touch more affordable, and you’ll have terrific Chinese food right outside your doorstep.
Between trams, trains and buses, Philadelphia's public transit system is well covered and relatively easy to navigate. The subway system is a bit smaller than the ones you’ll see in D.C. or New York, but that also makes it more manageable.
The SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) operates four subway lines: Broad-Ridge Spur, Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line and PATCO Speedline. If you’re arriving into the 30th Street Station, you’ll likely find the Market-Frankford Line to be the most useful to you, as it operates east-west through Center City and most of Downtown Philadelphia.
The SEPTA subway lines operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day, and tickets cost $2.50 for a one-way ride. If you know you will be using SEPTA all day, you can purchase a one-day pass (up to 8 trips on any bus/subway/tram) for $9.
Philly is most well-known for its history centered around the American Revolution. In Center City west of 30th Street Station, you can see Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, as well as the famed Liberty Bell.
If you’re an art fan, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the best in the country. It’s also famous for appearing in the original “Rocky” film, in which Rocky Balboa runs up and down the museum’s steps. Adults tickets to the museum cost $20, and student/youth (13-18) tickets cost $14.
If you love the outdoors, consider going to Bartram’s Garden, home to 45 acres of lush flora and fauna (plus, they offer free kayaking and rowboating out on the Delaware River). Speaking of the Delaware River, the Delaware River Waterfront is now a revitalized hub, with a popular promenade and charming nighttime atmosphere.
If you’re in Philly, you simply can’t leave without trying a Philly cheesesteak. (Unless you’re vegetarian, of course.) Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia is known for its melty cheesesteak sandwiches. The prices are very reasonable, and there’s even an outdoor seating area.
Downtown near 30th Street Station is Reading Terminal Market, a can’t-miss stop for foodies. The market has loads of restaurants, including Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs and Down Home Diner. It’s also home to two distilleries, two coffee shops, a pub and a juice bar.
|Departure||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|New York||1h 26m||$93.25|
|Washington D.C.||1h 50m||$106.12|
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