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Waterloo - Philadelphia Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 5 daily train trips between Waterloo and Philadelphia. The average train journey from Waterloo to Philadelphia takes 18 hours and 50 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 16 hours and 36 minutes.

Distance526 mi (846 km)
Fastest train16h 36m
Lowest price$206.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Waterloo to Philadelphia?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Waterloo and Philadelphia cost $228.50, on average. Due to the distance between Waterloo and Philadelphia, train tickets on this route tend to be relatively pricey. Booking your trip at least 18 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $0.50 more.

Monthly avg. prices

Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Waterloo to Philadelphia. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $128. If you're planning a trip from Waterloo to Philadelphia during June, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $250 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Which train should you take from Waterloo to Philadelphia?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Waterloo to Philadelphia. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak518h 51m$242.61
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Waterloo to Philadelphia every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $206.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Waterloo and Philadelphia is approximately 526 miles, or 846 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 16 hours and 36 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.

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Waterloo to Philadelphia. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Waterloo at 1:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 5 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 Philadelphia to Waterloo.

City Information


Waterloo, IN, US - WTI-0

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Waterloo is a town in Indiana, getting its unique name from the city of the same name in Belgium. Despite being a small town, it offers a wide range of activities for families and sports lovers. You can take golf classes at the Bridgewater Golf Club or go skating with the family at the Skatin' Station. The family-friendly town is home to the Ft Wayne Children's Zoo and Potawatomi Zoo. During your visit, some historical markers to check out include the Immaculate Conception Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Shopping enthusiasts will be pleased in Waterloo, as the town is home to different specialty shops and boutiques. You can also visit when the De Kalb County Fair is in town, offering special events and auctions. The Summer Parade and Festival is an annual highlight in Waterloo, offering delicious food, activities for all ages, and fun presentations.

Waterloo is known as the crossroads of Northeastern Indiana, as it connects several major transportation routes. The travel hub has routes like I-69, US G, and IN 427 and is the only Amtrak passenger train stop in northeast Indiana.


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 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Waterloo?

Main departure station: 485 West Van Vleek Street

There is one train station in Waterloo.

All train stations in Waterloo:

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?


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Main arrival station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Philadelphia has one train station.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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