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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster usually takes around one hour and 11 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Keystone Service train can make the trip in one hour and 8 minutes.

Distance61 mi (98 km)
Fastest train1h 8m
Lowest price$21.00
Trains per day9
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Keystone Service
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)




May 19, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: They were very helpful. Cons: More shift or availability to get to places.

Pros: They were very helpful. Cons: More shift or availability to get to places.



March 11, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

The ride was great!!

The ride was great!!



August 15, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: Peace and quite. Cons: Everything fine. Tips: Be safe.

Pros: Peace and quite. Cons: Everything fine. Tips: Be safe.



January 31, 2020- Business

Amtrak Keystone Service

I wish there was an express from Lancaster Pa to Philadelphia

I wish there was an express from Lancaster Pa to Philadelphia



September 1, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Keystone Service

Pros: The duration and seat. Cons: A free drink maybe? Tips: If you do not want to sit with someone else or have 2 or more people, scope out the whole train for free seats! Also be aware that there is a quiet car.

Pros: The duration and seat. Cons: A free drink maybe? Tips: If you do not want to sit with someone else or have 2 or more people, scope out the whole train for free seats! Also be aware that there is a quiet car.

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

In the last month, $21.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA. 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 2 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.41 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Lancaster from Philadelphia is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $21 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Philadelphia to Lancaster by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $21 whenever you decide to board the train to Lancaster.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Philadelphia to Lancaster remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Lancaster?

2 train services operate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Amtrak Keystone Service usually has more trains scheduled, with 8 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Keystone Service81h 12m$21.04
Amtrak Pennsylvanian11h 8m$21.21

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster 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.

How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Lancaster?

The distance between Philadelphia and Lancaster is approximately 61 miles, or 98 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 8 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Philadelphia to Lancaster 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 5:00am 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 Philadelphia to Lancaster?

There are 9 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Lancaster.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Lancaster to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Lancaster for $37.00.

City Information


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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Philadelphia.

Where is the train station in Lancaster?

Arrival stations

Lancaster has one train station.

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