Washington, DC to Philadelphia train

Cheap train tickets from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

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72

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130

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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04:30AMUnion Station1h55 06:25AM30th Street Station
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721One-way
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10:00PMUnion Station2h04 12:04AM30th Street Station
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721One-way
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12:05PMUnion Station1h50 01:55PM30th Street Station
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871One-way
04:02PMUnion Station1h54 05:56PM30th Street Station
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1011One-way
08:45AMUnion Station2h00 10:45AM30th Street Station
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1151One-way

Train schedule from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

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04:30AMUnion Station1h55 06:25AM30th Street Station
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Fastest train times from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

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Fastest Journey

1 h 30 m

Average

1 h 46 m

Trains per day

29

Distance

199 km

Of the 29 trains that leave Washington, DC for Philadelphia every day 29 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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02:00PMUnion Station1h30 03:30PM30th Street Station
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1341One-way
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Overview: Train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

distanceDistance123 miles (199 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 47 min
priceAverage train ticket price$43 (€39)
frequencyTrain frequency26 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 26 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia cover the 123 miles (199 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 47 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 26 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $43 (€39), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $20 (€18).

Train providers: Amtrak and Amtrak Acela from Washington, DC to Philadelphia trains

You can travel by train between Washington, DC and Philadelphia with Amtrak and Amtrak Acela for as low as $20 (€18). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.

Amtrak Acela
Amtrak

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 Washington, DC and Philadelphia. 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.

Amtrak Acela from Washington, DC to Philadelphia train information:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 40 min
  • Amtrak Acela frequency: 7 a day

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 between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

Washington, DC to Philadelphia train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 53 min
  • Amtrak frequency: 3 a day

Trains from Washington D.C to Philadelphia

Take a train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia and discover the city of Brotherly Love. A train journey from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia will usually take less than 2 hours via the well-connected Amtrak Northeastern railway line. Although the times for train journeys vary in duration, they are regularly faster than driving, which usually takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. On average, 34 trains depart each day from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. Parts of this journey span the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and this train line is considered one of the most picturesque in the country.

Which train companies travel from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia?

Amtrak train company offers two services for travelers who wish to travel by train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. There is the Amtrak Northeast Regional line and the faster Amtrak Acela Express line. The Amtrak Northeast Regional line runs the most frequently from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. This service is the slowest of the two. Typically, the Northeast Regional line is usually cheaper than the Acela Express. The Amtrak Acela Express line is a high-speed train that runs across the Northeastern corridor of the United States. The average speed of the Amtrak Acela is 83 mph (138 kph) and this service is considered the fastest rail line in both American continents. Carriages are typically more comfortable than those in Northeast Regional trains and this is the favored train service for business travelers. All services from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia are direct and passengers should not have to change services along the route.

How long is the train ride from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is 140 miles (225 kilometers) away from Washington D.C. and the duration of the train ride between the two cities varies, depending on which service you use. The Amtrak Acela Express train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia is faster than the Northeast Regional line and takes an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are usually two stops between Washington D.C. and Philadelphia when you take the Amtrak Acela Express. The Amtrak Northeast Regional service takes an average of 1 hour and 50 minutes to travel from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. There are usually five stops between the two cities.

How many trains are there from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia?

There is an average of 34 trains each day which depart from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. Every train from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia is direct, which means travelers will not have to change, except in exceptional circumstances. Amtrak Northeast Regional provides the majority of train services between Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, with an estimated 18 departures from Washington D.C. each day. The remaining 16 trains are Acela trains. The first train departs after 3:00 a.m. each morning and the last train departs after 9:00 p.m. If you wish to travel on the high-speed Acela service, you must travel between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., as that service only runs between those hours. There is an average of two trains per hour, except during peak travel times, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m., and 5:00 pm-6:00 p.m., when three trains run per hour.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia?

Departure station: all trains to Philadelphia from Washington depart from Washington Union Station​. Travelers can easily reach Washington Union Station from the city center via the Red Metro line, which takes roughly 10 minutes. If passengers are traveling from elsewhere in Washington D.C. or its suburbs, the whole city has good public transport links which include a Metro service and buses. Washington Union Station is accessible to passengers with limited mobility requirements. There are elevators which carry passengers from the train station concourse to the platform. Facilities include Quik-Trak shopping kiosks and the ClubAcela lounge for United Club Card holders to relax in, prior to boarding. Amtrak advises that all passengers should arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before their train is scheduled to depart. Passengers who require assistance with luggage should arrive 45 minutes before their train is scheduled to depart.

Arrival station: all trains from Washington D.C. arrive at Philadelphia 30th Street Station. The 30th Street Station is well-connected with Philadelphia's city center via the MFL subway line and it takes only six minutes to complete the journey. Travelers can reach other areas of Philadelphia and its suburbs easily via the SEPTA subway and bus services. Philadelphia 30th Street Station is accessible to travelers with limited mobility and elevators provide ease of access to platforms for everyone. Facilities in the station include cafes, shops, and free WiFi.

Travel Tips: Trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

Travel Tips: Travel by train to Philadelphia 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 Washington, DC to Philadelphia.
FAQs
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Washington, DC to Philadelphia trains for as little as $20 (€18)  in the next 7 days.
The Washington, DC to Philadelphia train ticket price is on average $43 (€39)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next week.
When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Washington, DC and Philadelphia by train to be approximately 123 miles (199 km).
While the time it takes to travel 123 miles (199 km) from Washington, DC to Philadelphia can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Washington, DC to Philadelphia train journey time is on average 1 h 47 min.
If you're looking for trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, you can rely on Amtrak or Amtrak to get you to Philadelphia. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Washington, DC to Philadelphia trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 26 direct trains per day from Washington, DC to Philadelphia. You can look to travel with Amtrak or Amtrak  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.
On average, there are 26 trains a day from Washington, DC to Philadelphia. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
The earliest train departing from Washington, DC to Philadelphia leaves at 5: 35 AM. The last train departing from Washington, DC to Philadelphia leaves at 10: 00 PM. You can find the latest Washington, DC to Philadelphia 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 Washington, DC to Philadelphia is on average $43 (€39) if you purchase 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 journey. In general, you can find train tickets to Philadelphia from Washington, DC available a few months in advance.

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