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There are 7 ways to get from Altoona to Philadelphia by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Altoona Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Pennsylvanian

$45 - $120

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Bus  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Altoona, Pa to Harrisburg, Pa 4692 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Philadelphia, Pa 1612 / ...

$35 - $84

5 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Altoona to Philadelphia 238.9 miles

$23 - $35

Bus to State College, fly to Philadelphia  •  3 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Altoona, Pa to State College, Pa
  2. Fly from State College (SCE) to Philadelphia (PHL) SCE - PHL

$183 - $899

Fly Altoona to Baltimore, train  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Altoona (AOO) to Baltimore (BWI) AOO - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station

$152 - $348

Train to Harrisburg, fly to Philadelphia  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Altoona Amtrak to Harrisburg Amtrak
  2. Fly from Harrisburg (MDT) to Philadelphia (PHL) MDT - PHL

$212 - $515

Train to Pittsburgh, fly to Philadelphia  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Altoona Amtrak to Pittsburgh Amtrak
  2. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Philadelphia (PHL) PIT - PHL

$162 - $509

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The cheapest way to get from Altoona to Philadelphia is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Altoona to Philadelphia is to fly and train which costs $150 - $350 and takes 3 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Altoona to Philadelphia. However, there are services departing from Altoona, Pa and arriving at Philadelphia, Pa via Harrisburg, Pa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Altoona Amtrak and arriving at Philadelphia 30th Street Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 54 min.

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The distance between Altoona and Philadelphia is 176 miles. The road distance is 238.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Altoona to Philadelphia without a car is to train which takes 4 h 54 min and costs $45 - $120.

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The train from Altoona Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station takes 4 h 54 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Altoona to Philadelphia bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Altoona, Pa station.

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Altoona to Philadelphia train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Altoona Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Altoona to Philadelphia is to train which takes 4 h 54 min and costs $45 - $120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $85 and takes 6 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Altoona to Philadelphia.
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  • Distance: 175.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

What companies run services between Altoona, PA, USA and Philadelphia, PA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Altoona to Philadelphia once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 4 h 54 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Altoona to Philadelphia via Harrisburg, Pa in around 6 h 10 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from State College to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Harrisburg to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $700
Flights from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Southern Airways Express
Website
iflysouthern.com
Flights from Altoona to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $140
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Altoona Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Train from Altoona Amtrak to Harrisburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Altoona Amtrak to Pittsburgh Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Altoona, Pa to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Philadelphia, Pa
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Altoona, Pa to State College, Pa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25

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The quickest flight from State College Airport to Philadelphia Airport is the direct flight which takes 57 min.

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Altoona to Philadelphia bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Philadelphia, Pa station.

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Altoona to Philadelphia train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Altoona to Philadelphia is 239 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to drive from Altoona to Philadelphia.

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American Airlines offers flights from State College Airport to Philadelphia Airport.

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There are 428+ hotels available in Philadelphia. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Altoona to Altoona Airport is to taxi which takes 30 min and costs $45 - $55.

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