How to travel from Philadelphia to Washington, DC

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from Philadelphia to Washington, DC

You can get from Philadelphia to Washington, DC by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on Sep 27 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:48PM30th Street Station2h02 08:50PMUnion Station
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07:53PM30th Street Station2h10 10:03PMUnion Station
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Travel Information between Philadelphia and Washington, DC

distanceDistance123 miles (199 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$21 - $551
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $21 (€20) • 1 h 47 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $551 (€522) • 1 h 2 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, gojet airlines or Amtrak

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 123 miles (199 km) between Philadelphia and Washington, DC. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 2 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $21 (€20). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus, gojet airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC.

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There are 4 ways to get from Philadelphia to Washington, DC: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Washington, DC is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $21 (€20) compared to other travel options to Washington, DC:

A train is $10 (€9) less than a bus for this journey with tickets for a bus from Philadelphia to Washington, DC costing on average $31 (€30).

Taking a train is about $529 (€502) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $551 (€522) for this trip.

The fastest way to get to Washington, DC from Philadelphia is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 2 min.

Other travel options to Washington, DC can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 2 h 25 min   of travel time.

In comparison, going by train can take 1 h 47 min   on average.

You should expect to travel around 123 miles (199 km) between Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

The average frequency per day from Philadelphia to Washington, DC is:

  • 10 buses per day.
  • Around 27 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Philadelphia to Washington, DC as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Philadelphia to Washington, DC:

    Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Philadelphia to Washington, DC:

    • You can travel by bus between Philadelphia and Washington, DC with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Philadelphia to Washington, DC tickets for $31 (€30) on Omio.
    • You can go to Washington, DC from Philadelphia by plane with gojet airlines. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $551 (€522) with gojet airlines from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on Omio.
    • You can go to Washington, DC from Philadelphia by train with Amtrak. You'll see cheap train tickets for $21 (€20) with Amtrak from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on Omio.

    Yes, there are direct services available from Philadelphia to Washington, DC with the following travel companies:

    • You'll find 10 direct buses per day with Flixbus.
    • You'll find 27 direct trains per day with Amtrak or Amtrak.

    Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Washington, DC as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Washington, DC from Philadelphia.

    Your trip from Philadelphia to Washington, DC doesn't have to end in Washington, DC. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like New York City, Paris or London. If you’d like to add New York City, Paris or London to your Philadelphia to Washington, DC tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Washington, DC today!

    When planning your trip from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

    • Bus tickets cost on average $31 (€30) one way.
    • Plane tickets are costing $551 (€522) one way on average.
    • Train tickets cost $21 (€20) one way on average.

    However, we recommend buying tickets from Philadelphia to Washington, DC online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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