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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

Lowest Price$19.00
Fastest Train1h 34m
Trains Per Day16
Train Lines6

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

Washington Philadelphia

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to travel by bus or train from D.C to Philly?

Although a train from D.C to Philly is faster and has more comfort, traveling by bus is cheaper. Bus tickets average $14, and take between 3 and 3.5 hours. Amtrak trains take only 2 hours, but the average price is around $64 more.

Is it safe to travel by train from Washington to Philadelphia right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $41.84 was the average price of a train ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA. 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 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $36.90 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

The distance between Washington DC and Philadelphia is approximately 123 miles, or 198 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 34 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Washington DC to Philadelphia are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Washington DC at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 16 scheduled trains on most days. 17 of these are direct connections to Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia to Washington DC. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia for $9.00.

Which train should you take from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 6 train lines with service from Washington, District of Columbia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 10 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11h 51m$49.55
Amtrak Acela41h 36m$97.54
Amtrak Carolinian11h 45m$56.21
Amtrak Northeast Regional101h 54m$32.72
Amtrak Palmetto11h 54m$47.62
Amtrak Vermonter11h 48m$32.07

Where is the train station in Washington DC?

There is one train station in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia receives travelers from Washington DC at its two active train stations:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St
  • N Phil - 2900 N Broad St

Price trends for trains from Washington DC to Philadelphia

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 29 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Narbi

January 18, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Mi trip arrived on time. It was really nice. Cons: Give more information for new travelers about what time we need to be Before aboard the traen. Tips: Yes, any traveler can be 30 minutes before aboard the traen. Pros: Mi trip arrived on time. It was really nice. Cons: Give more information for new travelers about what time we need to be Before aboard the traen. Tips: Yes, any traveler can be 30 minutes before aboard the traen.

5.0

Florentino

January 10, 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Quiet car, virtually an express trip. Tips: Be aware and mindful of cellphone use when in a quiet car. Pros: Quiet car, virtually an express trip. Tips: Be aware and mindful of cellphone use when in a quiet car.

5.0

Maria

December 22, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Very enjoyable pleasant. Cons: Less stops to destination. Tips: Enjoy. Pros: Very enjoyable pleasant. Cons: Less stops to destination. Tips: Enjoy.

4.0

Rachel

November 27, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Had a great time with friendsHad a great time with friends

5.0

Ivonne

November 16, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Convenient and timely. Cons: Communication over loud speakers is difficult to understand abs. Tips: Arriving 30 min prior to train departure is plenty of time. Pros: Convenient and timely. Cons: Communication over loud speakers is difficult to understand abs. Tips: Arriving 30 min prior to train departure is plenty of time.

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