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Train  •  5h

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia Acela / ...

$75 - $250

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Bus via New York #2  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Boston, MA - South Station to New York, NY Boston
  2. Take the bus from New York to Philadelphia - Market St & 6th St Ny

$25 - $58

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Bus  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to Philadelphia Megabus Stop Boston / ...

$27 - $50

Bus via New York  •  6h 57m

  1. Take the bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY Peter Pan / ...
  2. Take the bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Jefferson Station Bus Terminal, Philadelphia, PA Peter Pan / ...

$44 - $77

Drive  •  5h 27m

  1. Drive from Boston to Philadelphia 305.3 miles

$29 - $45

Fly Boston to Philadelphia  •  3h 18m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Philadelphia (PHL) BOS - PHL

$84 - $250

Bus to Manchester, fly to Philadelphia  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to North Londonderry, NH - exit 5
  2. Fly from Manchester (MHT) to Philadelphia (PHL) MHT - PHL

$164 - $377

Fly Boston to New York JFK, train  •  4h 13m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to New York JFK (JFK) BOS - JFK
  2. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Philadelphia

$128 - $466

Fly Boston to New York La Guardia, train  •  4h 21m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to New York La Guardia (LGA) BOS - LGA
  2. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Philadelphia

$114 - $472

Train to Providence, fly to Philadelphia  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Providence
  2. Fly from Providence (PVD) to Philadelphia (PHL) PVD - PHL

$91 - $408

Fly Boston to Newark, train  •  4h 37m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Newark (EWR) BOS - EWR
  2. Take the train from Newark Liberty International Airport to Philadelphia

$58 - $333

Boston to Philadelphia by train

The train journey time between Boston and Philadelphia is around 5h 42m and covers a distance of around 322 miles. The fastest train normally takes 5h. Operated by Amtrak Acela Express and Amtrak Northeast Regional, the Boston to Philadelphia train service departs from Boston South Station and arrives in Philadelphia. Typically 97 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 42m
Fastest train time:
5h
Train distance:
322 miles
Trains per week:
97
Cheapest price:
$75
Carbon emissions:
27 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:05
Last train departs at:
21:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Boston to Philadelphia train schedules

Boston → Philadelphia
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The cheapest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to bus which costs $27 - $50 and takes 6h 45m.

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The fastest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to fly. Taking this option will cost $80 - $250 and takes 3h 18m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Boston South Buses and arriving at Philadelphia Megabus Stop. Services depart six times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Boston South Station station and arriving at Philadelphia. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h.

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The distance between Boston and Philadelphia is 272 miles. The road distance is 305.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Philadelphia without a car is to train which takes 5h and costs $75 - $250.

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The train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia takes 5h including transfers and departs hourly.

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Boston to Philadelphia bus services, operated by Boltbus, depart from Boston South Buses station.

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Boston to Philadelphia train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, depart from Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to train which takes 5h and costs $75 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $27 - $50 and takes 6h 45m, you could also fly, which costs $80 - $250 and takes 3h 18m.

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  • Distance: 272.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Philadelphia, PA, USA?

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia every 3 hours. Tickets cost $180 - $250 and the journey takes 5h. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, Boltbus operates a bus from Boston South Buses to Philadelphia Megabus Stop twice daily. Tickets cost $27 - $45 and the journey takes 6h 45m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Manchester to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $500
Flights from Boston to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Providence to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $460
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $420
Flights from Boston to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Boston to New York JFK via Martha's Vineyard
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,000
Flights from Boston to New York JFK via Nantucket
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia via Martha's Vineyard
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $460
Flights from Boston to Newark via Nantucket
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $460
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $200
Flights from Boston to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $190
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$30 - $180
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Manchester to Philadelphia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Boston to New York JFK via Martha's Vineyard
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $390
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Providence to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Train operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$180 - $250
First Class
$250 - $390
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$95 - $140
First Class
$110 - $230
Train from Boston South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $110
First Class
$80 - $200
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$75 - $160
Business Class Seat
$120 - $220
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Class Seat
$65 - $130
Train from Boston South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $70
Business Class Seat
$55 - $110
Train from Newark Liberty International Airport to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $80
Business Class Seat
$65 - $120
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Newark Liberty International Airport to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
MBTA
Bus operators
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Boston South Buses to Philadelphia Megabus Stop
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
boltbus.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Boston to Philadelphia Market Street
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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 Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
Bus from Boston to New York
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from New York to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$35 - $50
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Jefferson Station Bus Terminal, Philadelphia, PA
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
peterpanbus.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from New York to Philadelphia - Market St & 6th St
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $23
Book at
megabus.com
Boston Express
Phone
1800-639-8080
Email
contact@bostonexpressbus.com
Website
bostonexpressbus.com
Bus from Boston South Buses to North Londonderry, NH - exit 5
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
bostonexpressbus.com
Book at
webstore.bostonexpressbus.com

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The quickest flight from Boston Airport to Philadelphia Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Boston to Philadelphia bus services, operated by Boltbus, arrive at Philadelphia Megabus Stop station.

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Boston to Philadelphia train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Philadelphia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Philadelphia is 305 miles. It takes approximately 5h 27m to drive from Boston to Philadelphia.

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