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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Boston to Philadelphia?

Lowest Price$29.00
Fastest Train4h 51m
Trains Per Day23
Train Lines3

Boston to Philadelphia Route Map

Boston Philadelphia

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Boston 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 Boston to Philadelphia?

In the last month, $62.60 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston, MA to Philadelphia, PA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $97.80 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Boston to Philadelphia?

The distance between Boston and Philadelphia is approximately 271 miles, or 436 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 56 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 51 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Boston 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 Saturday 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 Boston at 6:00am 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 Boston to Philadelphia?

There are 23 scheduled trains on most days. 21 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 Boston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Boston to Philadelphia for $28.00.

Which train should you take from Boston to Philadelphia?

There are 3 train lines with service from Boston, Massachusetts to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 14 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak28h 48m$91.01
Amtrak Acela85h 5m$145.74
Amtrak Northeast Regional146h 12m$64.99

Where is the train station in Boston?

There are two stations in Boston where you can board the train to Philadelphia:

  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has one train station:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston, MA to Philadelphia, PA
Based on 10 ratings and reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 88 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
June 3, 2020Solo travel
August 7, 2019Couples trip
The train is a solid option for people like me who don't like flying, but I'd you don't mind air travel, it's hardly more expensive for a much shorter trip.
Train travel could and should be so much faster. This isn't exactly Amtrak's fault, but they haven't done much to improve things. Also the WiFi was worse than just using mobile data, which was not particularly strong.
If you're not in a hurry, the train is a much more comfortable ride. Make sure to have options that don't rely on consistent internet to keep you busy.
July 26, 2019Visiting friends
Late start but good service
I wish wanderu sent me a reminder email the day before my travel with a reminder if departure time and location.
July 14, 2019Vacation
I love to take pictures and some of the scenery out the window we're really wonderful. The views along the coast were really pretty.
Nothing, overall I felt it was a very good experience.
Arrive early, the trains were very crowded, especially between the major cities
S Roger
July 15, 2019Visiting family
Comfortable,?relaxing, good value

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