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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Philadelphia to Boston?

Lowest Price$29.00
Fastest Train5h 0m
Trains Per Day11
Train Lines3

Philadelphia to Boston Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $56.12 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $83.71 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Boston?

The distance between Philadelphia and Boston is approximately 271 miles, or 436 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours,

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 Philadelphia to Boston are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday 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 Philadelphia at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Boston?

There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Boston for $19.00.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Boston?

There are 3 train lines with service from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak27h 48m$53.66
Amtrak Acela35h 14m$126.15
Amtrak Northeast Regional76h 27m$50.98

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St
  • N Phil - 2900 N Broad St

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston receives travelers from Philadelphia at its two active train stations:

  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Price trends for trains from Philadelphia to Boston

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Erika

August 30, 2020 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Staff was very attentive. Cons: N/a. Tips: N/a. Pros: Staff was very attentive. Cons: N/a. Tips: N/a.

5.0

Kate

November 17, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: I paid for a coach ticket and somehow ended up in a business class seat. The entire car was coach even though it was nice 2 x 1 seating. I was significantly more comfortable than on my first trip. Cons: Better food and drink on the cafe car. I have a gluten aller... Pros: I paid for a coach ticket and somehow ended up in a business class seat. The entire car was coach even though it was nice 2 x 1 seating. I was significantly more comfortable than on my first trip. Cons: Better food and drink on the cafe car. I have a gluten allergy so could eat almost nothing. Also, better quality wine.More

5.0

Theresa

June 4, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Northeast Regional

It was easy, relaxing, stress free. All of Amtrak employees were excellent from start to finish. I was impressed.It was easy, relaxing, stress free. All of Amtrak employees were excellent from start to finish. I was impressed.

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