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Philadelphia - Reading Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 2 daily train trips available from Philadelphia to Reading. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Reading usually takes one hour and 45 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance48 mi (78 km)
Fastest train1h 45m
Lowest price$14.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Philadelphia to Reading

(Based on 19 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Mary

February 27, 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak

I enjoy the company as well as the driver as well as the scenery I enjoyed it from the beginning to the ending and would love to do it again

5.0

Gerry

October 30, 2023- Business

Amtrak

Pros: Very clean bus. Cons: Early morning 8 a.m run to Reading bus route ... knowing the bus runs the true train time. Tips: Learn to ride Amtrak.

5.0

Maria

August 27, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak

Safety amazing service

5.0

LUIS

June 15, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Cons: Keep going with this excellent service from Philly to Reading. Tips: I FULLY RECOMMEND THIS SERVICE.

5.0

Christian

May 14, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: There wasn't many people on the bus. Cons: Add wifi on the buses. Tips: Always use Amtrak's bus service there great.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Philadelphia and Reading cost $14.00, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 19 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $0.95 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Taking the train from Philadelphia to Reading usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $14 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The average price of train tickets from Philadelphia to Reading is pretty stable year-round. However, we still suggest buying your train tickets at least 48 hours prior to departure to avoid unexpected price hikes and the possibility of the train being sold out.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Reading?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Philadelphia to Reading. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21h 45m$14.97
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Reading every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $14.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently there is not a train that travels the entire distance without requiring you to switch onto a connecting vehicle. However, there are direct buses from Philadelphia to Reading.
The distance between Philadelphia and Reading is approximately 48 miles, or 78 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 45 minutes, As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Philadelphia to Reading. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 11:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Philadelphia twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Reading with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Reading to Philadelphia.

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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?

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Main departure station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

There is one train station in Philadelphia.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Where is the train station in Reading?

Main arrival station: BARTA Transportation Center

Reading has one train station.

All train stations in Reading:

  • BARTA Transportation Center

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