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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh usually takes around 10 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Pennsylvanian train can make the trip in 7 hours and 17 minutes.

Distance257 mi (414 km)
Fastest train7h 17m
Lowest price$55.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.4

5.0

Wendy

September 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, the train was clean and well appointed and mostly quiet. The conductor kept us informed of all stops or changes in a friendly and engaged manner. Cons: Air fresheners in the restrooms? Everything was great! Tips: Pack sim...

Pros: The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, the train was clean and well appointed and mostly quiet. The conductor kept us informed of all stops or changes in a friendly and engaged manner. Cons: Air fresheners in the restrooms? Everything was great! Tips: Pack simple, plan to get things done and download your podcasts in advance.

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5.0

Cynthia

August 2, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Beautiful scenic trip across Pennsylvania. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Pros: Beautiful scenic trip across Pennsylvania. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

4.0

Wilfred

July 20, 2021- Business

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: The quiet comfortable ride. Cons: The food.

Pros: The quiet comfortable ride. Cons: The food.

4.0

Evan

January 1, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: Spacious seating, outlets so I could keep my laptop and phone charged, nice staff, and nice scenery. Cons: WiFi connectivity was nonexistent in certain parts of the trip, but that was mostly due to being in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Also the trip was delayed...

Pros: Spacious seating, outlets so I could keep my laptop and phone charged, nice staff, and nice scenery. Cons: WiFi connectivity was nonexistent in certain parts of the trip, but that was mostly due to being in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Also the trip was delayed 2 hours due to engine failures in Philadelphia. Tips: Get food fast from the cafe cart since they ran out of many options towards the halfway mark of the trip. This would’ve happened sooner had Amtrak not offered a second train to Harrisburg which 90% of the travelers left for instead of waiting the delay out.

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4.0

Rory

August 17, 2019- Couples trip

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Pros: I enjoyed riding the train home after our vacation. The Philly station was neat to see, and the staff was helpful and kind. Cons: The rear car of the train was hot and uncomfortable. We moved up a car after checking with the guy running the Cafe. Left side of rea...

Pros: I enjoyed riding the train home after our vacation. The Philly station was neat to see, and the staff was helpful and kind. Cons: The rear car of the train was hot and uncomfortable. We moved up a car after checking with the guy running the Cafe. Left side of rear car outlets were not working and wifi was poor. Tips: Long trips on a train can be uncomfortable and feel like they take a very long time. Better than bus but may be quicker way to travel. Was very senic and different though.

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

In the last month, $75.03 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Pittsburgh, PA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $27.86 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$120$80$40NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh will vary between $61 and $117. Planning a train trip to Pittsburgh within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is $67. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $79 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $84 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Pittsburgh from Philadelphia will be about $27.86 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?

2 train services operate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak410h 55m$96.78
Amtrak Pennsylvanian17h 17m$69.90
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 4 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $61.

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  • Amtrak Pennsylvanian

    Amtrak Pennsylvanian

    Amtrak Pennsylvanian train tickets from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh start from $55, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Pennsylvanian schedules to Pittsburgh. Amtrak Pennsylvanian in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St . And in Pittsburgh trains arrive at 1100 Liberty Ave .

    From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh train travel on Amtrak Pennsylvanian takes 7 hours and 17 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Pittsburgh on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Pennsylvanian scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. 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.

How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?

The distance between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is approximately 257 miles, or 414 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 17 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday 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 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 Pittsburgh?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for $49.00.

City Information

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.

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Philadelphia.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

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Arrival stations

Pittsburgh’s Union Station on Liberty Ave is a historic building that opened in 1903. Enter the station through enormous outdoor arches and pass beneath the spectacular rotunda dome with a central skylight. Once inside, you can catch the Capitol Limited train on its daily service from Chicago to DC or hop aboard the Pennsylvanian as it begins the journey to New York. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the station offers easy access to the nearby bus terminal, parking, restaurants, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

All train stations in Pittsburgh:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

  • Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr

Need a return trip from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?

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