Trains from Philadelphia to Charlottesville

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Philadelphia - Charlottesville Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Philadelphia to Charlottesville. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Charlottesville usually takes around 5 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 4 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance222 mi (357 km)
Fastest train4h 47m
Lowest price$24.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia to Charlottesville

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Sheila

July 6, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Generally what I hoped. Cons: Half of the journey the ac did not appear to be working and as the train was full it was very uncomfortable, appreciate these things happen but perhaps need checking before journey starts. Tips: Make sure you are ready with luggage a...

Pros: Generally what I hoped. Cons: Half of the journey the ac did not appear to be working and as the train was full it was very uncomfortable, appreciate these things happen but perhaps need checking before journey starts. Tips: Make sure you are ready with luggage and by the door that is opening in plenty of time before stopping.

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

In the last month, $58.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia to Charlottesville. 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 $97.32 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Charlottesville will vary between $24 and $91. Planning a train trip to Charlottesville within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is $51. 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 Charlottesville by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $75 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Charlottesville in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $109 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 Charlottesville from Philadelphia will be about $97.32 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Charlottesville?

There are 4 train lines with service from Philadelphia to Charlottesville. Amtrak Northeast Regional is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak28h 2m$129.24
Amtrak Cardinal15h 29m$134.97
Amtrak Crescent14h 54m$125.11
Amtrak Northeast Regional25h 5m$65.52
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Charlottesville every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $99.

  • 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 Charlottesville per day, with an average trip length of 5 hours and 29 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 Charlottesville take about 4 hours and 54 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from $90.

  • 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 2 daily train trips from Philadelphia to Charlottesville, 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 Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville?

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Charlottesville is approximately 222 miles, or 357 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 47 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 Charlottesville on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers 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 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 Charlottesville?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Philadelphia to Charlottesville.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Charlottesville 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 or join a history and food tour of the Italian 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.

Charlottesville

Lovingly called Mr. Jefferson’s City by locals, Charlottesville is one of Virginia's best destinations with plenty of interesting attractions to draw in not only fans of history but also of arts and culture. The prime attraction of the city is the famous estate of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello. This 5000-acre mansion is an architectural masterpiece that combines Parisian and Italian elements, giving you a day’s worth of exploration. For those looking for a more idyllic landscape, try Carter Mountain Orchard, which offers apple-picking sessions as well. The University of Charlottesville is also a must-not-miss destination. As the only university in the U.S. to be designated a World Heritage Site, it offers interesting insights into the history of education of the country.

Charlottesville’s wines are famous around the country, and the Monticello Wine Trail is perfect for trying out the best wines that the region has to offer. For an amazing dinner experience, C & O Restaurant, which has been in business since 1976, will be a great choice.

The city’s busiest bus stop is the Greyhound bus stop located downtown at 310 W Main St. For trains, head over to the nearby Amtrak train station, also on W Main St. Charlottesville is served by Amtrak’s Cardinal, Crescent and Northeast Regional lines. The city’s main airport is the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, 8 miles from the city.

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 11 stops and stations in Philadelphia where you can board the train.

All train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • 44 Station Road

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

  • Allentown Transportation Center

  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania

  • 105 S Market St

  • 5254 S Susquehanna Trail

  • 1412 Susquehanna Trail

  • 3298 Susquehanna Trail

  • 525 State Rte 940

  • West Lancaster Ave and Stuart Ave

Where is the train station in Charlottesville?

Train Station - 810 W Main St  - CVSAMT-0

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Train Station - 810 W Main St  - CVSAMT-1

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Main arrival station: Train Station - 810 W Main St

The Union Station in Charlottesville opened in 1885 and today remains the center of rail transportation in Charlottesville. Three Amtrak lines run through the Charlottesville station: the Cardinal route from Chicago to New York, the Crescent route from New Orleans to New York, and the Northeast Regional route from Roanoke to Boston. Inside the barn-red building, you can have a seat in the indoor waiting room, purchase a snack to go from vending machines, or learn more about Charlottesville from the tourism pamphlets available. The station is just steps away from the University of Virginia campus, and from the station, you can stroll to one of many excellent restaurants along Main Street.

All train stations in Charlottesville:

  • Train Station - 810 W Main St

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