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Wilmington - Harrisburg Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Wilmington to Harrisburg. Traveling by train from Wilmington to Harrisburg usually takes 4 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Distance80 mi (129 km)
Fastest train2h 29m
Lowest price$46.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Wilmington to Harrisburg

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

D M

May 12, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: I have next to an Amtrak employee who showed me where to go to get my connecting train. Cons: It was unclear what gate to use for my train from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. The gate was above a doorway, so I thought I was to go through that doorway, but instead I was to go downstairs and I only knew that because someone told me to line up to get gate 7 "downstairs.".

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Wilmington to Harrisburg was $51.00. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 11 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $16.90 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Monthly avg. prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Wilmington to Harrisburg, with the average price at just $57. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in May, when the average price goes up to $65. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Which train should you take from Wilmington to Harrisburg?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Wilmington to Harrisburg. However, there are 11 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak114h 45m$64.91
  • 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 11 Amtrak trains from Wilmington to Harrisburg every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $46.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Wilmington and Harrisburg is approximately 80 miles, or 129 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 29 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Trains departing from Wilmington to Harrisburg 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 Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Wilmington at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 11 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information

Wilmington

Wilmington is a major city in Delaware, established at the site of the first Swedish settlement in North America. The charming city, at the confluence of the Brandywine River and Christina River, offers easy connections to the lush countryside of Brandywine Valley. Thanks to the venerable du Pont family, who established the DuPont Company in Wilmington in 1802, the city is filled with grand estates and magnificent gardens for visitors to enjoy. The Hagley Museum & Library is the ultimate example. The expansive complex includes the first home of the du Pont family, powder yards from the company's initial gunpowder mill, and a Renaissance-style garden complete with terraces.

To dive deeper into the city's history, check out the Fort Christina State Park, the site of Wilmington's original Swedish settlement over 400 years ago. Other popular attractions include the Delaware Art Museum and Brandywine Zoo.

Wilmington is easy to access from most of the mid-Atlantic region and is located between Philadelphia and Washington. In 2011, the city's Amtrak train station was renamed the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station in honor of rail enthusiast Joe Biden, who often commuted via Amtrak from Wilmington to Washington during his time as a Senator. Buses from Wilmington also connect to cities like New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Since the regional Wilmington Airport does not offer civilian flights, travelers can easily take a bus to the airport in Philadelphia for any air travel out of the area.

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 Wilmington?

Main departure station: Amtrak/SEPTA Station

There is one train station in Wilmington.

All train stations in Wilmington:

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

Where is the train station in Harrisburg?

Harrisburg Transportation Center  - HARHTC-0

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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.

All train stations in Harrisburg:

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

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