Philadelphia to Boston train

Cheap train tickets from Philadelphia to Boston

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Cheapest

203

Average

288

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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12:09AM30th Street Station7h49 07:58AMSouth Station
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12:09AM30th Street Station7h44 07:53AMBack Bay Station, MA
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05:31PM30th Street Station5h16 10:47PMSouth Station
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04:35PM30th Street Station5h05 09:40PMBack Bay Station, MA
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04:35PM30th Street Station5h10 09:45PMSouth Station
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Train schedule from Philadelphia to Boston

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12:09AM30th Street Station7h49 07:58AMSouth Station
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12:09AM30th Street Station7h44 07:53AMBack Bay Station, MA
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07:32AM30th Street Station5h13 12:45PMSouth Station
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07:32AM30th Street Station5h07 12:39PMBack Bay Station, MA
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08:36AM30th Street Station5h03 01:39PMBack Bay Station, MA
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08:36AM30th Street Station5h09 01:45PMSouth Station
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09:10AM30th Street Station6h03 03:13PMBack Bay Station, MA
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09:10AM30th Street Station6h08 03:18PMSouth Station
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10:51AM30th Street Station5h37 04:28PMBack Bay Station, MA
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10:51AM30th Street Station5h47 04:38PMSouth Station
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11:33AM30th Street Station5h18 04:51PMBack Bay Station, MA
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11:33AM30th Street Station5h23 04:56PMSouth Station
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12:05PM30th Street Station6h18 06:23PMBack Bay Station, MA
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12:05PM30th Street Station6h25 06:30PMSouth Station
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01:32PM30th Street Station5h04 06:36PMBack Bay Station, MA
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01:32PM30th Street Station5h11 06:43PMSouth Station
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03:21PM30th Street Station6h15 09:36PMSouth Station
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03:21PM30th Street Station6h08 09:29PMBack Bay Station, MA
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03:31PM30th Street Station5h18 08:49PMSouth Station
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03:31PM30th Street Station5h13 08:44PMBack Bay Station, MA
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03:58PM30th Street Station6h04 10:02PMSouth Station
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03:58PM30th Street Station5h56 09:54PMBack Bay Station, MA
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04:35PM30th Street Station5h05 09:40PMBack Bay Station, MA
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04:35PM30th Street Station5h10 09:45PMSouth Station
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05:18PM30th Street Station6h52 12:10AMBack Bay Station, MA
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05:18PM30th Street Station6h57 12:15AMSouth Station
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05:31PM30th Street Station5h16 10:47PMSouth Station
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05:31PM30th Street Station5h11 10:42PMBack Bay Station, MA
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05:58PM30th Street Station6h12 12:10AMBack Bay Station, MA
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05:58PM30th Street Station6h17 12:15AMSouth Station
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Fastest train times from Philadelphia to Boston

Showing times and prices for Oct 07

Fastest Journey

5 h 3 m

Average

5 h 50 m

Trains per day

30

Distance

435 km

Of the 30 trains that leave Philadelphia for Boston every day 28 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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08:36AM30th Street Station5h03 01:39PMBack Bay Station, MA
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3811One-way
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01:32PM30th Street Station5h04 06:36PMBack Bay Station, MA
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3811One-way
04:35PM30th Street Station5h05 09:40PMBack Bay Station, MA
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2551One-way
07:32AM30th Street Station5h07 12:39PMBack Bay Station, MA
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08:36AM30th Street Station5h09 01:45PMSouth Station
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Overview: Train from Philadelphia to Boston

distanceDistance270 miles (435 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 8 min
priceAverage train ticket price$36 (€35)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Philadelphia to Boston cover the 270 miles (435 km) long trip taking on average 6 h 8 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $36 (€35), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $36 (€34).

Train companies: Amtrak and Amtrak Acela from Philadelphia to Boston trains

For as little as $36 (€34) you can travel by train from Philadelphia to Boston with Amtrak and Amtrak Acela. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Amtrak
Amtrak Acela

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak trains running daily, you can travel by train across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela train for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your train journey to Boston from Philadelphia, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

Philadelphia to Boston train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 22 min
  • Average Price: $36
  • Amtrak frequency: 7 a day

Acela is the flagship high-speed train service from Amtrak, the main train provider in the United States. Acela high-speed trains operate services along the Northeast Corridor, connecting popular destinations like Washington, D. C. Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Providence, and Boston, just to name a few. Amtrak Acela trains are the fastest in the U. S. Reaching speeds up to 150 mph (250 km/h). Known for their superior comfort, Acela trains have spacious and comfortable seats with more legroom than Amtrak’s Coach Class seats. You can choose between booking a Business Class or First Class seat on an Acela train between Philadelphia and Boston. In both classes amenities include seat reservations, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, adjustable lighting at every seat, conference tables and large tray tables. Passengers can also purchase food and drinks on the train at Café Acela.

Philadelphia to Boston train information with Amtrak Acela:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 15 min
  • Amtrak Acela frequency: 5 a day

Trains from Philadelphia to Boston

When you begin looking for trains from Philadelphia to Boston you will find around 15 different departures every day. This trip covers a distance of around 270 miles (435 km) and the trip will take anywhere from around 5h up to 7h 45min. The first departure of the day leaves just after midnight and then the next train leaves at around 6:30 a.m. The final train of the day will leave at around 6:00 p.m.

Philadelphia to Boston Train Time: Daily Departures

On a daily basis there are roughly 15 Philadelphia to Boston trains that run throughout the day starting at around 6:30 in the morning and then continuing till around 6:00 p.m. in the evening, plus there's one train that departs at around midnight. All these trains will make stops at two different stations when they arrive in Boston. All of the trains on this route are direct trains and the average trip time is going to be somewhere between 5h and 6h.

How long is the journey by train from Philadelphia to Boston?

When traveling to the northeast and hugging the coast of the Atlantic Ocean on trains from Philadelphia to Boston you will be traveling a distance of about 270 miles (435 km). This is a trip that can take anywhere from 5h up to 7h 45min but the most common travel time is around 5h. The quicker trips on this route occur on the high-speed offerings from the train provider all the slower trips occur on regular-speed trains.

Philadelphia streets at night. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Philadelphia to Boston?

Departure train station: 30th St. Station. You will find the station about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of downtown Philadelphia. If you are looking for a public transportation option to take you from the center of the city to the station a good choice is to take subway line Mfl that can get you there in around 6min. The station is a stunning architectural display and once inside of the station you will find things such as ATMs, quick ticket kiosks as well as a ticket sales office, restrooms, vending machines, and free Wi-Fi.

Arrival train stations: Back Bay Station is just a short distance to the southwest of the center of Boston and is around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away. A good way to get to downtown Boston after your Philadelphia to Boston train is to take the Orange Line subway that can take you from the station to downtown in around 10min. Once you arrive at the station you will find amenities such as ATMs, payphones, restrooms, and vending machines. South station station sits directly to the south of downtown Boston and is about 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the center of the city. If you are looking for a good public transportation option after your train to Boston from Philadelphia the number seven bus can take you there in around 14min and the Red Line subway can have you there in around 9min. Some of the features that travelers will find at the station include ATMs, a lounge, restrooms, a ticket sales office, vending machines, and free Wi-Fi.

Which train companies travel from Philadelphia to Boston?

The only provider of trains from Philadelphia to Boston is Amtrak. On this route, they offer both their Northeast Regional normal speed trains as well as their Acela high-speed train service. When you travel on the high-speed train you can make the trip in around 5h whereas the normal-speed trains make the trip in anywhere from around 5h 45min up to almost 8h. All the trains offered on this route are direct trains between the two cities.

Night trains Philadelphia

If you would prefer to travel on Philadelphia to Boston trains at night there is one train that departs right around 6:00 p.m. that will arrive in Boston just a little after midnight, plus there is also a departure right after midnight which travels overnight and arrives in Boston the next morning at around 8:00 a.m.

Amtrak trains from Philadelphia to Boston

Since the trains offered by this provider are a major part of the northeast corridor series of trains, quite a few of the trains offered on this route are on their Acela high-speed route. This means that the journey on Philadelphia to Boston trains will take around 5h to make this trip. These are also two stops on their Northeast Regional train route that uses normal speed trains to travel between these two cities. All of the trains that you will find on this route are direct trains.

Trains from Philadelphia to Boston: Sustainability travel

Although the United States is such a well-known place for traveling by car, a much more environmentally friendly way to make a trip such as this is to hop on trains from Philadelphia to Boston. This is especially true when you travel by one of the high-speed offerings on this route because the amount of time you will spend traveling is substantially cut thus greatly reducing your environmental impact during a journey from Philadelphia to Boston.

Train Philadelphia to Boston: Services on Board

On the trip on a train from Philadelphia to Boston you will generally find two different classes of seating although the specifics of each class will vary depending on whether you are on a high-speed train or a normal-speed train. On all the trains you're going to find amenities such as free Wi-Fi and power plugs at the seats, plus you'll also find a pretty substantial food and beverage menu. And when you travel in the upper classes, you are going to find very wide seats with plenty of legroom. When you travel on Amtrak you can bring two personal items and two carry-on items aboard the train and you can also check up to four bags during your journey with two of those bags being free of charge. You can also bring a bicycle aboard the train but this will most likely incur an additional fee. Small pets can also ride on the train free of charge in an approved pet carrier. Amtrak goes out of its way to make sure that all passengers have the same travel experience and for disabled passengers, this includes things like making sure all platforms are accessible and that there is space for passengers in wheelchairs to ride aboard the train. For train travelling stories and tips visin the Omio magazine The Window Seat.

How to find cheap train tickets from Philadelphia to Boston?

When you begin to look through the choices for Philadelphia to Boston trains you will start to see that there is somewhat different pricing depending on the time you depart and the train that you take. As a general rule, when you stick to normal-speed trains that will take longer to make a trip you are most likely going to save money on the train fare. Another good tip for saving money is to try to book as far in advance of your travel date as possible, as this gives the best chance to find any discounted rates. One final idea is to search around several days that you would like to travel to see if there's one that is in lower demand that will offer a lower ticket fare.

Park in Boston City. Source: Shutterstock

To Boston by train—travel tips

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is also fantastic for visitors because it is so easy to walk through. When you combine that with a very large public transportation system, you will soon see that you can explore large pieces of the city quite quickly. This is a city that has an architecture that harkens back to a simpler time at the very beginning of the country. If you are a sports fan this city is a dream, and if you are somebody that loves seafood and upscale dining Boston is sure not to disappoint. If you want to learn about the history of the city and of the United States, taking a walk on the Freedom Trail is a great way to do just that. Some other places that you will definitely want to see when you visit Boston include:

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Freedom Trail
  • Fenway Park
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Children's Museum

Travel Tips: Trains from Philadelphia to Boston

Travel Tips: Travel by train to Boston easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Philadelphia to Boston.
FAQs
Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Boston from Philadelphia for the next 7 days starting from $36 (€34)  one way.
The Philadelphia to Boston train ticket price is on average $36 (€35)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next week.
The distance to Boston from Philadelphia by train is approximately 270 miles (435 km).
On average the Philadelphia to Boston train travel time is 6 h 8 min  for the 270 miles (435 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
When taking a train from Philadelphia to Boston, you can count on Amtrak or Amtrak for the best way to get you to Boston. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Philadelphia to Boston and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
On average, there are 12 trains a day from Philadelphia to Boston. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
The earliest train departing from Philadelphia to Boston leaves at 12: 17 PM. The last train departing from Philadelphia to Boston leaves at 11: 19 PM. You can find the latest Philadelphia to Boston train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
The price of a one way train ticket from Philadelphia to Boston is on average $36 (€35) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets between Philadelphia and Boston available a few months in advance.

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