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Train from Washington, DC, to Philadelphia, PA

The train from Washington, DC, to Philadelphia, PA, lasts on average 2 h 1 min. Around 3 trains depart a day between Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA, the average price is $ 71.38 and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $ 17.23.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railway service in the U.S., operates the train from Washington to Philadelphia. The good news is that all the trains connecting Washington and Philadelphia are direct. There are several options, but it comes down to whether you need to get there fast with the high-speed train Acela, or take your time with a slightly slower line like the Northeast Regional, or the long-distance lines passing through both cities.

  1. The Acela Express is a high-speed train between Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, MA. It is the fastest train in the Northeast Corridor, reaching 150 miles per hour, stopping at BWI Marshall Airport, Baltimore, and Wilmington before arriving in Philadelphia. Acela tickets are pricier due to their greater speeds and comfort. Extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, and a power outlet under each seat are some of the perks you can expect on Amtrak Acela Express.
  2. Northeast Regional is the most popular train due to its cheaper price and frequency. It runs around 16 times a day, unlike other lines, Carolinian, Crescent, Vermonter, and Palmetto, which run only once daily. The Northeast Regional is slower than the Acela Express, but it makes more stops along the way, making it a more convenient option for passengers who need to make connections.

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, but the Acela Express only offers discounts for children on weekends. But, the good news is that children under two always travel free on Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor.

Your main departure station in D.C. is Union station. Just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building. Amtrak, MARC, VRE trains, and several bus lines serve Union Station. The best way to reach Union Station is by public transportation. The station is accessible by Metro Rail (Red Line) and several bus routes. If you are driving, there is a parking garage next to the station.

Besides Union Station, you can board the train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia at these stations:

  1. 55 Norfolk Ave SW
  2. 825 Kemper St
  3. 111 South Commerce St
  4. Train Station - 810 W Main St
  5. 110 Callahan Dr
  6. 9431 West St
  7. VRE Station - 10399 Premier Ct

In Philadelphia, you can exit at two stations:

  1. 30th Street Station, officially William H. Gray III, originally built in the 1930s, has since become a hub for transportation with access to Amtrak, SEPTA, and other forms of public transit. The beautiful station building 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. Located on Broad Street, it is close to tourist attractions such as the African American Museum of Philadelphia and the Rodin Museum. The station, however, also has a reputation for not being safe, and it is recommended to exit on the 30th Street Station, which is constantly monitored and protected by the police and Amtrak security.

So if you're planning to travel to Philadelphia from Washington by train, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of destinations across rail, bus, and flight 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 Washington and Philidelphia.

Journey Summary with Train

The journey from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA by Train is 199 km and takes 2 h 1 min. There are 3 connections per day, with the first departure at 05:00 and the last at 22:00. It is possible to travel from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA by Train for as little as $ 17.23 or as much as $ 385.91. The best price for this journey is $ 56.

Best Price $ 24.46
Journey Duration 2 h 11 min
Connection per Day 3
Lowest Price $ 24.46
Highest Price $ 107
First Departure 08:10
Last Departure 22:00
Distance 123.7 mi
Departure Washington, DC
Arrival Philadelphia, PA
Carriers Amtrak, Amtrack

Train Tickets from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA

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Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA Co2 Emissions by Train

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
A train ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA is $ 71.38. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's a busy time of day. Occasionally find them for as cheap as $ 17.23.
What's the cheapest {{ transport }} ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA is $ 17.23. We recommend booking as early as possible and non-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible.
What's the distance between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA by train?
Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA is 199.2km.
How long does the train between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA last?
Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA is on average 2 h 1 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 h 30 min.
Which companies operate from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA is covered by 1 operator(s). You can find on Virail Amtrak provide services on this route.
How many train connections per day go from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA has 3 connections per day on average. However, depending on the day there are a maximum of 29 and a minimum of 1.
What time does the first train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA leave?
The earliest train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA departs at 05:00. 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 Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA leave?
The latest train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA departs at 22:00. 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 Washington, DC to Philadelphia, 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 $ 24.46 but this may be subject to change depending on demand .
From which stations can I leave from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
There are 3 station(s) that you can depart from Washington, DC to go to Philadelphia, PA. You can go from Washington, Dc, Washington, Dc - Union Station and Union Station and you can arrive at Philadelphia, Pa, Philadelphia - 30th Street and 30th Street Station.
How many direct connections go from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
There are on average 3 from Washington, DC to go to Philadelphia, PA. However there can be as many as 28 or as little as 1 depending on the day.
What's the fastest journey time between Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA is 1 h 30 min.
Is there a direct train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA?
Yes there is a direct train between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA by train?
The train journey from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA creates 2.8kg CO2 emissions.

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