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Harrisburg - Philadelphia Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

12 trains operate daily from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. The train trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia is usually about 2 hours and 2 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as one hour and 40 minutes.

Distance94 mi (151 km)
Fastest train1h 40m
Lowest price$23.00
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Keystone Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Harrisburg to Philadelphia

(Based on 29 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Gwendolyn

November 4, 2023- Regular commuter

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Window. Cons: Na. Tips: Stay safe.

5.0

Austin

August 18, 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Seem less experience will be doing again. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Know the details of your ticket to get on the right train.

5.0

Shaun

June 25, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: It was on time fast and got to destination on time and safe. Cons: I have no complaints. Tips: Try this out great service great staff.

5.0

Shaun

June 18, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: On time and spacious seats. Tips: Good trip and service.

5.0

Leonor

February 24, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Good. Cons: Nada.

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Harrisburg to Philadelphia was $34.02. Compared to most train fares, this is an excellent price. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 29 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $1.39 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

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The cost of a one-way train trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia is expected to stay pretty stable over the next four weeks. No matter which day you travel, you can expect to pay about $34 for your ticket.

Monthly avg. prices

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Taking the train from Harrisburg to Philadelphia usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $35 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since ticket prices on this route stay pretty consistent, you don’t need to book way in advance. However, we recommend buying your train ticket to Philadelphia at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure to prevent any unpleasant surprises, like last-minute surges in price or sold-out tickets.

Which train should you take from Harrisburg to Philadelphia?

There are 3 train lines with service from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Amtrak Keystone Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 9 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak33h 4m$32.55
Amtrak Keystone Service91h 47m$34.92
Amtrak Pennsylvanian11h 54m$33.02
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Harrisburg to Philadelphia every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $26.

  • 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. This speed means the trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia takes just 1 hours and 47 minutes on the Keystone Service. 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. Tickets on this route usually cost , but if you book in advance, you may be able to score a $23 ticket.

  • 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. A trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia takes about 1 hours and 54 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.
The distance between Harrisburg and Philadelphia is approximately 94 miles, or 151 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 40 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

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

The earliest train departs Harrisburg at 5:00am 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 12 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

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

City Information

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.

Philadelphia

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 Harrisburg?

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Main departure 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

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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

Philadelphia receives travelers from Harrisburg at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • N Phil - 2900 N Broad St

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