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Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA by train

The journey from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA by train is 60.79 mi and takes 4 hr 36 min. There are 3 connections per day, with the first departure at 1:28 AM and the last at 10:55 PM. It is possible to travel from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA by train for as little as $24.32 or as much as $193.64. The best price for this journey is $24.32.

Lowest Price$24.32
Journey Duration4 hr 36 min
Connection per Day3
Lowest Price$24.32
Highest Price$193.64
First Departure1:28 AM
Last Departure10:55 PM
Distance60.79 mi
DeparturePhiladelphia, PA
ArrivalLancaster, PA
CarriersAmtrak

Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA Train Times

Departure date
Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Traveling from Philadelphia, PA, to Lancaster, PA

The train from Philadelphia, PA, to Lancaster, PA, lasts on average 4 hr 36 min. Around 3 trains depart a day between Philadelphia, PA, and Lancaster, PA, the average price is $53.53 and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $24.32.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in the U.S., provides direct train connections between Philadelphia and Lancaster through its regional Keystone service.

Keystone service is a regional line that connects Harrisburg, PA, with New York City, serving as a main corridor between Pennsylvania and New York. It is also a great way to go beyond Philadelphia and discover what else there is to see in Pennsylvania, the state of great American heritage. All Keystone Service trains have free WI-Fi and the possibility to take a bicycle up to 50 lbs.

The ticket prices may vary depending on how early you book, so securing them at your earliest convenience is recommended. 

Children 2-12 travel at a lower fare on all Amtrak trains. All children under two always travel free on Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Lancaster. 

In Philadelphia, you can board at two stations.

  1. 30th Street Station, officially William H. Gray III, initially built in the 1930s, has since become a hub for transportation with access to Amtrak, SEPTA, and other forms of public transit. The station is located in the University city, filled with restaurants and cafes, providing plenty of things to do and see. The famous Liberty Bell is also easily reachable; if history is not your thing, you can always stroll down the Delaware River.
  2. Another option is the North Philadelphia station. It is located on Broad Street and has a reputation for being unsafe, and it may be better to exit on the 30th Street Station, which is constantly monitored and protected by the police and Amtrak security.

Lancaster train station is located at 53 McGovern Avenue. It provides parking facilities nearby for those arriving by car. The station is wheelchair accessible, featuring ramps and elevators for easy mobility. There is a restaurant if you need a refreshment, and the possibility to check- in your luggage. 

Lancaster is known for its rich history and preservation of its historic architecture. The city is also renowned for its agricultural heritage, located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country. If you are wondering what to do around the Lancaster train station, you can visit the historic Central Market, explore the Lancaster City Museum, enjoy live performances at the Fulton Theatre, and discover the vibrant art scene on Gallery Row.

So if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Lancaster by train, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of rail, bus, and flight destinations to help you find the best price. Check out our handy price calendar below, where you can see the best prices across all modes of transport between Lancaster and Philadelphia.

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Cheap train tickets from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $20.83 to $24.86 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 16% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA

The cheapest Philadelphia, PA - Lancaster, PA train tickets can be found for as low as $19.44 if you’re lucky, or $23.64 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $25.00.

Find the best day to travel to Lancaster, PA by train

When travelling to Lancaster, PA by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
6.85kg
Bus
7.34kg
Flight
19.57kg
Car
15.65kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA are 6.85kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA? By taking the train between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA you will save 12.72kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.49kg compared to a bus and 8.8kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA?
A train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA is $53.53. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $24.32.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA is $24.32. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA by train?
Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA is 60.79 mi.
How long does the train between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA take?
Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA is on average 4 hr 36 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 0 hr 59 min.
How many train connections per day go from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA?
Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA has 3 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA leave?
The earliest train from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA departs at 1:28 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA depart?
The latest train from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA departs at 10:55 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $24.32 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA?
There are on average 2 direct connection(s) from Philadelphia, PA to go to Lancaster, PA.
What's the fastest journey time between Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA is 0 hr 59 min.
Is there a direct train from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA?
Yes, there is a direct train between Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster, PA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA by train?
The train journey from Philadelphia, PA to Lancaster, PA creates 6.85kg of CO2 emissions.

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