Cheap train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC

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How much are train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

Lowest Price$40.00
Fastest1h 34m
Daily Schedules40
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Overall score for Philadelphia to Washington DC
4.7
Based on 19 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0

Based on 16 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Northeast Regional report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 63 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.9
Staff
4.0
Value
3.5
Condition
4.6
Callan
5.0
October 31, 2019Vacation
Pros
It was ok.
Cons
Need wifi and more leg room
Holly
5.0
October 29, 2019Business
Pros
Got me there on time and comfortably. No hassles like the airport-more comfortable than a bus-best alternative under the circumstances.
Cons
Signs could be clearer.
Tips
If you pick a "quiet car" expect there to be at least one person who gets on their phone loud enough so everyone gets to hear it.
Elaine
4.0
October 18, 2019Visiting family
Cons
Make the speakers louder and announce every stop clearly. WiFi only worked one way
Alan
4.0
September 23, 2019Vacation
Pros
Seats were comfortable and reclined
Cons
No luggage space. Cases in wheelchair bay. Even though E-ticket stated 2 reserved seats, this was not the case.
Wanda
5.0
August 24, 2019
Pros
I will use the train again.

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Palmetto report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
3.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Thomas
5.0
June 12, 2019Business
Pros
Visited colleges and toured the city - we would have been exhausted if we had to drive.
Cons

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Vermonter report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Tiffany
5.0
November 9, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
Tips
Enjoy your trip

What Amtrak lines travel from Philadelphia to Washington?

There are 8 Amtrak lines that travel between Philly and Washington, DC, combining for 40 daily trips.

  • Amtrak Acela offers 13 daily trips from Philadelphia to Washington, and is the fastest train covering this route, with an average travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It’s also the most expensive, with ticket prices averaging around $149.
  • Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 18 daily trips from Philadelphia to Washington, with an average travel time of 2 hours. Tickets on the Northeast Regional average around $69.
  • Amtrak Silver Service offers 2 daily trips from Philadelphia to Washington, with an average travel time of 1 hour and 58 minutes. Tickets on the Silver Service average around $101.51.
  • Amtrak Vermonter offers 1 daily trip from Philadelphia to Washington, with an average travel time of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It’s also the cheapest option, with tickets averaging $65.36.
  • Amtrak Carolinian, Cardinal, Crescent and Palmetto all offer 1 daily trip between Philadelphia and Washington, with trips taking about 2 hours and prices ranging between $72 and $82.

Where does the train drop you off in DC?

Incoming Amtrak lines in DC drop off passengers at Washington Union Station. Union Station is a historic train station, completed in 1908 by the famed architect Daniel Burnham. At Union Station you can board regional transit, including the Metro, the Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC), the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and local buses.

From Philadelphia, trains depart from 30th Street Station. The first train of the day departs at 12:00 a.m., while the last train departs at 10:00 p.m.

Is Philadelphia to Washington a good day-trip?

A day-trip from Philadelphia to Washington would be relatively doable, as the total travel time averages around 2 hours. However, the cheapest ticket is $65, making it rather expensive for a day-trip — in which case you may prefer to take a bus. Buses take closer to 3 hours, but tickes are only $14.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. was $87.84. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 25 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $41.37 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Washington DC is approximately 123.33 miles, or 198.43 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 1 hour and 53 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour and 34 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

On Tuesday trains from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak Northeast Regional has the most connections between Philadelphia to Washington DC

Typically there are 40 schedules to compare for your trip to Washington D.C.. On the route to Washington D.C. 9 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Northeast Regional offers the most scheduled departures between Philadelphia to Washington D.C., usually offering 19 trips per day. 40 train trips per day are direct connections to Washington D.C., if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC, which start at $1.00.

Here are the 9 train companies that operate from Philadelphia to Washington D.C.

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $40.00, and on average cost $141.52. Daily there are 6 Amtrak schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak takes 1 hours and 50 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 11 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $169.60 for a one-way train ticket to Washington D.C..

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1h 50m
Avg. Price
$141.52

Amtrak Acela

Amtrak Acela train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $131.00, and on average cost $148.04. Daily there are 14 Amtrak Acela schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Acela in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Acela takes 1 hours and 44 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Acela offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Acela offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $152.31 for a one-way train ticket to Washington D.C..

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Meal
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Beverage
Avg. Time
1h 44m
Avg. Price
$148.04

Amtrak Carolinian

Amtrak Carolinian train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $50.00, and on average cost $72.69. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carolinian schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Carolinian in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Carolinian takes 1 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Carolinian offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carolinian scheduled trip per day, which will cost $79.47 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1h 53m
Avg. Price
$72.69

Amtrak Cardinal

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $50.00, and on average cost $77.46. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Cardinal in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 1 hours and 55 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost $86.63 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1h 55m
Avg. Price
$77.46

Amtrak Crescent

Amtrak Crescent train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $50.00, and on average cost $83.22. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Crescent schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Crescent in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Crescent takes 2 hours and 3 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Crescent offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Crescent scheduled trip per day, which will cost $98.75 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
2h 3m
Avg. Price
$83.22

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak Northeast Regional train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $40.00, and on average cost $68.56. Daily there are 19 Amtrak Northeast Regional schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Northeast Regional in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Northeast Regional takes 2 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Northeast Regional offers 16 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $83.20 for a one-way train ticket to Washington D.C..

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
2h 0m
Avg. Price
$68.56

Amtrak Palmetto

Amtrak Palmetto train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $50.00, and on average cost $76.80. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Palmetto schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Palmetto in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Palmetto takes 1 hours and 51 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Palmetto offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Palmetto scheduled trip per day, which will cost $77.91 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1h 51m
Avg. Price
$76.80

Amtrak Silver Service

Amtrak Silver Service train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $50.00, and on average cost $101.29. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Silver Service schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Silver Service in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Silver Service takes 1 hours and 58 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Silver Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Silver Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost $103.76 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1h 58m
Avg. Price
$101.29

Amtrak Vermonter

Amtrak Vermonter train tickets from Philadelphia to Washington DC start from $40.00, and on average cost $67.05. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Vermonter schedules to Washington D.C.. Amtrak Vermonter in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Washington D.C. trains arrive at Union Station,

From Philadelphia to Washington DC train travel on Amtrak Vermonter takes 1 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Washington D.C. faster, Amtrak Vermonter offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 34 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Washington D.C. on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Vermonter scheduled trip per day, which will cost $88.51 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
1h 53m
Avg. Price
$67.05

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Philadelphia on their way to Washington D.C.. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in Philadelphia are:
  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St
There is one train station where trains arrive in Washington D.C. from Philadelphia. These are the busiest arriving stations in Washington D.C.:
  • Union Station