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Trip Summary

There are 14 daily trains from Philadelphia to Providence. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Providence usually takes around 5 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Acela train can make the trip in 4 hours and 19 minutes.

Distance235 mi (378 km)
Fastest train4h 19m
Lowest price$29.00
Trains per day14
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia, PA to Providence, RI

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Karen

May 16, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Departure and arrival to my destination was timely. Cons: Overall the trip was good. Tips: None.

Pros: Departure and arrival to my destination was timely. Cons: Overall the trip was good. Tips: None.

5.0

Sophia

November 8, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Wifi was available. The staff were readily available to assist. As visitors from abroad this was our first AMTRAC train journey and we will not hesitate to recommend it to others. Ocerall it was z beautiful experience. Cons: Coffee more readily available. Tips: I...

Pros: Wifi was available. The staff were readily available to assist. As visitors from abroad this was our first AMTRAC train journey and we will not hesitate to recommend it to others. Ocerall it was z beautiful experience. Cons: Coffee more readily available. Tips: If you have a long journey make sure you pack a good snack and water for the road.

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5.0

Karen

September 30, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: It was enjoyable and not congested an all over good trip. Cons: There were improvements that was noted on this trip. Tips: No none.

Pros: It was enjoyable and not congested an all over good trip. Cons: There were improvements that was noted on this trip. Tips: No none.

5.0

David

July 31, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Clean. Cons: The long layer in NY. Tips: Use Amtrak.

Pros: Clean. Cons: The long layer in NY. Tips: Use Amtrak.

5.0

Kim

June 10, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Convenient

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

In the last month, $93.84 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Providence, RI. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $112.24 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$225$150$75NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Providence will vary between $54 and $220. Planning a train trip to Providence within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is $94. 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 Providence 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 $72 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Providence in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $108 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 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Providence from Philadelphia will be about $112.24 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Providence?

There are 3 train lines with service from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Providence, Rhode Island. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak16h 23m$134.90
Amtrak Acela54h 30m$217.04
Amtrak Northeast Regional85h 28m$132.32
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Providence every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $29.

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  • Amtrak Acela

    Amtrak Acela

    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 5 Acela trips from Philadelphia to Providence every day, including the weekend. As it is Amtrak’s most premiumly priced service, the average Acela train ticket for this route costs around .

  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    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 8 daily train trips from Philadelphia to Providence, the Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Providence is approximately 235 miles, or 378 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 19 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?

Trains departing from Philadelphia to Providence tend to have the most passangers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Philadelphia at 12:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Philadelphia to Providence?

There are 14 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Providence.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Providence to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Providence for $24.98.

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.

Providence

Though some might say that it is overshadowed by nearby Boston, Providence is an interesting destination on its own. A quaint college town with a deep historical value, Providence allows fans of U.S. history to marvel at historic buildings such as the ones on Benefit Street, which boasts the highest concentration of Colonial houses. As you stroll around the streets of Providence at night, don’t forget to take a detour to WaterFire, a sculpture project that features bonfires along the rivers of Providence. Accompanying the bonfires are the sounds of ceremonial gongs and various music programs, which brighten up the night. For those seeking a unique cultural experience, the Federal Hill quarter sits among the most famous Little Italian neighborhoods, and it features some of the best Italian restaurants in town.

The staple dish of Providence is oysters, which are not difficult to find in the city. However, if you can endure a short drive, Matunuck Oyster Bar, an oyster restaurant located 40 miles south of South Kingstown, provides some of the freshest and most delicious oysters around. Some other notable establishments include Birch, Oberlin, and Tallulah’s Taqueria.

The Providence airport is located in nearby Warwick which is only a 6 miles’ drive from the city. The main bus hub for Providence is found at the Rhode Island Convention Center Parking Garage, where travelers could catch a bus from Greyhound or Peter Pan Bus Lines. The main Amtrak train station is located just a 10-minute walk across the Woonasquatucket River.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train to Providence.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • N Phil - 2900 N Broad St

Where is the train station in Providence?

Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-0

Image credit: Jef Nickerson

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Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St  - PVDAMT-1

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Arrival stations

Built in 1986, Providence Station is the state of Rhode Island’s busiest train station. Falling on the Northeast Corridor, Providence Station acts as a gateway into Boston to the north and also provides direct connections to many major cities to the southwest, such as New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The station is served by Amtrak, which runs its flagship Acela Express and Northeast Regional services, and the MBTA, which operates between T. F. Green Airport, Providence, and Boston. Located in the city’s downtown, Providence Station sits opposite the historic Rhode Island State House and is within a stone’s throw of various shops and restaurants.

All train stations in Providence:

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

Need a return trip from Providence to Philadelphia?

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