Trains from Philadelphia to Wilmington
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Philadelphia - Wilmington Train Schedule
There are 28 daily trains from Philadelphia to Wilmington. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Wilmington usually takes around 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 17 minutes.
|Distance||25 mi (40 km)|
|Fastest train||0h 17m|
|Trains per day||27|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Northeast Regional|
Train service from Philadelphia to Wilmington
- Amtrak tickets: $27 one-way
- Amtrak Acela tickets: $34 one-way
- Amtrak Cardinal tickets: $10 one-way
- Amtrak Carolinian tickets: $10 one-way
- Amtrak Crescent tickets: $10 one-way
- Amtrak Northeast Regional tickets: $10 one-way
- Amtrak Palmetto tickets: $10 one-way
- Amtrak Silver Service tickets: $10 one-way
- Amtrak Vermonter tickets: $10 one-way
What is the price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Wilmington?
In the last month, $18.62 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Wilmington. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $22.55 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Wilmington will vary between $17 and $26. Planning a train trip to Wilmington within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is $20. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Philadelphia to Wilmington by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $21 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Wilmington in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $29 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Wilmington from Philadelphia will be about $22.55 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Wilmington?
There are 9 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Wilmington. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 14 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Acela||7||0h 21m||$37.60|
|Amtrak Cardinal||1||0h 26m||$28.82|
|Amtrak Carolinian||1||0h 25m||$20.12|
|Amtrak Crescent||1||0h 28m||$30.29|
|Amtrak Northeast Regional||14||0h 24m||$21.57|
|Amtrak Palmetto||1||0h 23m||$20.84|
|Amtrak Silver Service||2||0h 26m||$32.67|
|Amtrak Vermonter||1||0h 24m||$20.59|
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 12 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Wilmington every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $27.
The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. There are 7 Acela trips from Philadelphia to Wilmington every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .
The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Philadelphia to Wilmington per day, with an average trip length of 0 hours and 26 minutes.
The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Philadelphia and Wilmington, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 0 hours and 25 minutes.
The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Philadelphia to Wilmington take about 0 hours and 28 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $10.
Amtrak Northeast Regional
The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. With 14 daily train trips from Philadelphia to Wilmington, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.
The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling from Philadelphia to Wilmington is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.
Amtrak Silver Service
The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Philadelphia to Wilmington start from $10 and the average train journey lasts about 0 hours and 26 minutes.
The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café. There are 1 Vermonter trains traveling from Philadelphia to Wilmington every day, with prices starting from $10.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Wilmington during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
Can you take a train all the way from Philadelphia to Wilmington?
How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Wilmington?
When are trains the most crowded?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Philadelphia to Wilmington on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passangers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 4:00am 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.
Is there a direct train from Philadelphia to Wilmington?
There are 28 scheduled trains on most days. 27 of these are direct connections to Wilmington. 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 Wilmington to 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. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up 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.
Where is the train station in Philadelphia?
Main departure station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train.
All train stations in Philadelphia:
30th St Station - 2955 Market St
53 E Mcgovern Ave
Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St
50 S Wilson Ave
Harrisburg Transportation Center
25 S Market St
270 West Emaus Street
West Lancaster Ave and Stuart Ave
44 Station Road
Bus Terminal - 325 Hamilton St
3298 Susquehanna Trail
Westmoreland Transit Center
202 W High St
Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr
Where is the train station in Wilmington?
Main arrival station: Amtrak/SEPTA Station
Wilmington has one train station.
All train stations in Wilmington:
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