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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Philadelphia to Richmond. Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Richmond usually takes around 5 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Northeast Regional train can make the trip in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance207 mi (333 km)
Fastest train4h 20m
Lowest price$29.00
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Northeast Regional
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Philadelphia, PA to Richmond, VA

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Angela

June 6, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Silver Service

Pros: Enjoying vacation time. Cons: About 20% of the people on the silver line had their masks on. Staff members didn't tell us where we were or any updates. Power outlet in my seat did not work.

Pros: Enjoying vacation time. Cons: About 20% of the people on the silver line had their masks on. Staff members didn't tell us where we were or any updates. Power outlet in my seat did not work.

5.0

Wendy

February 17, 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak Northeast Regional

Pros: Required very little effort. Cons: The train ride is no where equal to Europe quite obvious this was a old train but was nice. Tips: Easy to do for 1st time train riders.

Pros: Required very little effort. Cons: The train ride is no where equal to Europe quite obvious this was a old train but was nice. Tips: Easy to do for 1st time train riders.

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

In the last month, $71.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Richmond, VA. 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 $54.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$135$90$45NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Philadelphia to Richmond will vary between $43 and $131. Planning a train trip to Richmond within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Philadelphia over the next 7 days is $61. 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

$75$60$45$30$15JFMAMJJASOND

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Philadelphia to Richmond 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 $44 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Richmond in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $68 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 Richmond from Philadelphia will be about $54.50 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Richmond?

There are 5 train lines with service from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Richmond, Virginia. Amtrak Northeast Regional is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 5 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak16h 1m$148.84
Amtrak Carolinian14h 33m$95.34
Amtrak Northeast Regional55h 1m$98.60
Amtrak Palmetto14h 31m$108.98
Amtrak Silver Service24h 37m$94.54
  • 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 Richmond every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $29.

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  • 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 Richmond, 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 4 hours and 33 minutes.

  • 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 5 daily train trips from Philadelphia to Richmond, 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 Richmond 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 Richmond start from $29 and the average train journey lasts about 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Philadelphia and Richmond is approximately 207 miles, or 333 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 20 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 Richmond on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Tuesday. Tuesday 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 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 Richmond?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 12 of these are direct connections to Richmond. 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 Richmond to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Richmond for $17.99.

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.

Richmond

As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles southeast 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 Richmond?

7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-0

Image credit: Eli Christman

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7519 Staples Mill Rd  - RICAMT1-1

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Arrival stations

Located around 5 miles north of Richmond’s city center, the Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Road is Amtrak’s busiest transport hub in the Southeast Region. The station was built in 1975 to replace the downtown Main Street Station. It now serves as an important terminal for routes traveling up and down the American East. Passengers can venture north onboard the Northeast Regional service—Amtrak’s busiest route—to Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. Richmond’s Amtrak Station also offers several southward connections to vacation destinations along the East Coast in [South Carolina(/train-tickets/us-sc/), Georgia, and Florida. In addition, the GRTC bus service is available from the station for transport into downtown Richmond.

All train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

Need a return trip from Richmond to Philadelphia?

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