The cheapest trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

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Cheapest

$47

Average

$120

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.

The average ticket from Washington, DC to Philadelphia will cost around $ 120 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 47.

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04:45AMUnion Station1h54 06:39AM30th Street Station
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$471One-way
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10:00PMUnion Station2h04 12:04AM30th Street Station
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$471One-way
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06:20AMUnion Station2h03 08:23AM30th Street Station
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$761One-way
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02:55PMUnion Station1h59 04:54PM30th Street Station
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11:55AMUnion Station1h57 01:52PM30th Street Station
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$761One-way

Timetable Washington, DC to Philadelphia

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04:45AMUnion Station1h54 06:39AM30th Street Station
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04:50AMUnion Station1h37 06:27AM30th Street Station
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06:20AMUnion Station2h03 08:23AM30th Street Station
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06:50AMUnion Station1h41 08:31AM30th Street Station
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07:05AMUnion Station2h02 09:07AM30th Street Station
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08:00AMUnion Station1h55 09:55AM30th Street Station
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08:40AMUnion Station1h57 10:37AM30th Street Station
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08:50AMUnion Station1h41 10:31AM30th Street Station
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09:20AMUnion Station1h52 11:12AM30th Street Station
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10:01AMUnion Station1h58 11:59AM30th Street Station
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11:05AMUnion Station2h01 01:06PM30th Street Station
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11:55AMUnion Station1h57 01:52PM30th Street Station
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12:50PMUnion Station1h37 02:27PM30th Street Station
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01:25PMUnion Station1h57 03:22PM30th Street Station
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01:55PMUnion Station1h59 03:54PM30th Street Station
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02:50PMUnion Station1h41 04:31PM30th Street Station
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02:55PMUnion Station1h59 04:54PM30th Street Station
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03:25PMUnion Station1h59 05:24PM30th Street Station
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03:50PMUnion Station1h37 05:27PM30th Street Station
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03:52PMUnion Station2h03 05:55PM30th Street Station
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04:50PMUnion Station1h37 06:27PM30th Street Station
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05:00PMUnion Station1h58 06:58PM30th Street Station
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05:10PMUnion Station1h53 07:03PM30th Street Station
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05:55PMUnion Station2h00 07:55PM30th Street Station
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06:55PMUnion Station1h42 08:37PM30th Street Station
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08:30PMUnion Station1h54 10:24PM30th Street Station
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10:00PMUnion Station2h04 12:04AM30th Street Station
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The fastest trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia

Showing times and prices for Sep 24

Fastest Journey

1 h 37 m

Average

1 h 52 m

Trains per day

27

Distance

199 km

Of the 27 trains that leave Washington, DC for Philadelphia every day 27 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 199 km distance in an average of 1 h 52 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 37 m .

The slowest trains will take 2 h 4 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
12:50PMUnion Station1h37 02:27PM30th Street Station
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$1501One-way
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04:50AMUnion Station1h37 06:27AM30th Street Station
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$1241One-way
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04:50PMUnion Station1h37 06:27PM30th Street Station
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$1501One-way
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03:50PMUnion Station1h37 05:27PM30th Street Station
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$1241One-way
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08:50AMUnion Station1h41 10:31AM30th Street Station
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$2121One-way

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Train Information between Washington, DC and Philadelphia

distanceDistance123 miles (199 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 54 min
priceAverage train ticket price$27 (€22)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak or Amtrak

Trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia cover the 123 miles (199 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 54 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $27 (€22), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $20 (€16).

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Train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia with Amtrak

Buy your official Amtrak train tickets from Washington, DC to Philadelphia from $20 (€16) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient trip.

Amtrak

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 56 min
  • Amtrak frequency: 5 a day

Amtrak's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia are the following:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

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.

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Trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia
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FAQs
How much are cheap trains to Philadelphia from Washington, DC?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Washington, DC to Philadelphia trains for as little as $20 (€16)  in the next 7 days.
How much does it cost to take a train to Philadelphia from Washington, DC?
The Washington, DC to Philadelphia train ticket price is on average $27 (€22)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next week.
How far is Philadelphia from Washington, DC by train?
You should expect to travel around 123 miles (199 km)  from Washington, DC to Philadelphia by train.
How long is a train between Washington, DC and Philadelphia on average?
On average the Washington, DC to Philadelphia train time is 1 h 54 min  covering the 123 miles (199 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What train providers go from Washington, DC to Philadelphia?
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 providers for the Washington, DC to Philadelphia route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Can I find a direct train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia?
Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day from Washington, DC to Philadelphia. If you’re looking for a direct train, consider traveling with Amtrak or Amtrak. Nonstop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.
How many train services per day are there from Washington, DC to Philadelphia?
The average number of trains departing Washington, DC for Philadelphia is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Washington, DC to Philadelphia? When can I take the last train for the day?
The earliest train departing from Washington, DC to Philadelphia leaves at 8: 45 AM. The last train departing from Washington, DC to Philadelphia leaves at 9: 55 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.
How early should I book train tickets to Philadelphia from Washington, DC to score the best deals?
If you book the Washington, DC to Philadelphia train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $27 (€22). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Washington, DC to Philadelphia. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

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