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Philadelphia - Alexandria Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 32 daily trains from Philadelphia to Alexandria. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Alexandria usually takes around 5 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Carolinian train can make the trip in 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Distance128 mi (206 km)
Fastest train2h 29m
Lowest price$18.00
Trains per day11
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines7

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia to Alexandria

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Christine

August 7, 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: The quiet car. Cons: Better temperature control.

Pros: The quiet car. Cons: Better temperature control.

5.0

Pythia

October 6, 2019- Business

Amtrak Silver Service

Pros: I love taking the train; it's comfortable, far less stressful than airline travel with all the security lines; it's relaxing to watch the scenery pass by outside the window, and a quiet environment to get work done. Cons: Can't think of anything!

Pros: I love taking the train; it's comfortable, far less stressful than airline travel with all the security lines; it's relaxing to watch the scenery pass by outside the window, and a quiet environment to get work done. Cons: Can't think of anything!

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

In the last month, $82.59 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Alexandria. 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 $45.20 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35JulJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Alexandria will vary between $71 and $98. Planning a train trip to Alexandria within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is $79. 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 Alexandria 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 $64 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Alexandria in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $112 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

$125$100$75$50$253020100

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 Alexandria from Philadelphia will be about $45.20 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Alexandria?

There are 7 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Alexandria. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 22 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak226h 3m$100.22
Amtrak Cardinal13h 1m$104.32
Amtrak Carolinian12h 30m$70.68
Amtrak Crescent12h 52m$106.56
Amtrak Northeast Regional62h 51m$59.65
Amtrak Palmetto12h 34m$92.26
Amtrak Silver Service12h 48m$86.07
  • 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 22 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Alexandria every day, as well as 122 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $26.

  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Philadelphia to Alexandria per day, with an average trip length of 3 hours and 1 minutes.

  • Amtrak Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Philadelphia and Alexandria, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Philadelphia to Alexandria take about 2 hours and 52 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $80.

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

  • Amtrak Palmetto

    Amtrak Palmetto

    The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling from Philadelphia to Alexandria is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Philadelphia to Alexandria start from $67 and the average train journey lasts about 2 hours and 48 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Alexandria?

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Alexandria is approximately 128 miles, or 206 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 29 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Philadelphia to Alexandria are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Wednesday 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 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Alexandria?

There are 32 scheduled trains on most days. 11 of these are direct connections to Alexandria. 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 Alexandria 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. 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.

Alexandria

Alexandria is a charming, historic city in Virginia, located just a few miles south of Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River. Alexandria's Old Town entrances visitors with its preserved brick sidewalks and 18th-century homes and buildings; you'll feel transported to the era of the city's founding in 1749. This quarter, especially along King Street, features boutiques, restaurants, and antique shops in quaint, intimate settings.

Thanks to its vicinity to the capital, Alexandria boasts a unique food scene with many high-class restaurants for you to enjoy. The most popular local establishments include The Warehouse, Chart House, and Chadwicks. You can even dine in Gadsby's Tavern, a favorite of some of the nation's founders in the 1780s, and learn more about early American life in the adjacent Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

Washington, D.C. and all its travel connections are only a water taxi away, but the city is also well-served by transportation options directly out of Alexandria. Intercity Amtrak routes regularly arrive at Alexandria Union Station, including the Northeast Regional, Silver Service, Crescent, Cardinal, and Carolinian. The two nearest airports to the city are the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Washington Dulles International Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

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

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • 13 Lancaster Ave

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

  • 50 S Wilson Ave

  • Amtrak SEPTA Station

  • West Lancaster Ave and Stuart Ave

  • 270 West Emaus Street

  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania

  • BARTA Transportation Center

  • 501 Maple St

  • Scranton Bus Terminal

  • Intermodal Transp Ctr

  • 300 Fleetwood St

  • 110 N 6th Street

Where is the train station in Alexandria?

Main arrival station: 110 Callahan Dr

Alexandria has one train station.

All train stations in Alexandria:

  • 110 Callahan Dr

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