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There are 12 ways to get from Boston to Philadelphia by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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  1. Take the train from Boston to Philadelphia

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Boston to Philadelphia Bus Station

Bus via New York

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

Bus via New York #2

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

Night train

  1. Take the night train from Boston to Philadelphia

Drive

  1. Drive from Boston to Philadelphia

Fly Boston to Philadelphia

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

Bus to Manchester, fly to Philadelphia

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

Fly Boston to New York JFK, train

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

Fly Boston to New York La Guardia, train

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

Train to Providence, fly to Philadelphia

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

Fly Boston to Newark, train

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

Boston to Philadelphia by train

The train journey time between Boston and Philadelphia is around 5h 1m and covers a distance of around 324 miles. Services are operated by Amtrak Acela and Amtrak Northeast Regional. Typically 132 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

132 Weekly Trains
5h 1m Average Duration
$24 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to bus which costs $23 - $60 and takes 7h 25m.

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The fastest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to fly. Taking this option will cost $45 - $180 and takes 3h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Boston and arriving at Philadelphia Bus Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Boston and arriving at Philadelphia. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 1m.

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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 1m and costs $24 - $330.

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The train from Boston to Philadelphia takes 5h 1m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to train which takes 5h 1m and costs $24 - $330. Alternatively, you can bus via New York, which costs $40 - $85 and takes 6h 50m, you could also fly, which costs $45 - $180 and takes 3h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Boston to Philadelphia.
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  • Distance: 272.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 1m

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

Amtrak Acela operates a train from Boston to Philadelphia every 2 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $330 and the journey takes 5h 1m. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Boston to Philadelphia via Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY in around 6h 50m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Manchester to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Flights from Boston to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Providence to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $450
Flights from Providence to Philadelphia via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $450
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $270
Flights from Boston to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $270
Flights from Boston to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $250
Flights from Boston to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $260
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia via Newark
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Manchester to Philadelphia via Newark
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $450
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Train operators
Amtrak Acela

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
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $330
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$45 - $170
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$85 - $300
Business Seat - Adult
$95 - $330
First Class - Child 2-12
$130 - $250
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$230 - $450
First Class - Adult
$260 - $490
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $140
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$22 - $70
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$35 - $120
Business Seat - Adult
$40 - $140
First Class - Child 2-12
$65 - $120
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$120 - $210
First Class - Adult
$140 - $230
Train from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $95
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$16 - $50
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$29 - $85
Business Seat - Adult
$30 - $95
First Class - Child 2-12
$55 - $90
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$100 - $160
First Class - Adult
$110 - $180
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $150
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$24 - $80
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $150
Business Class Seat
$80 - $200
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$15 - $45
Reserved Coach Seat
$28 - $90
Business Class Seat
$45 - $120
Train from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $75
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$13 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$25 - $75
Business Class Seat
$40 - $100
Train from Newark Liberty International Airport to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$14 - $45
Reserved Coach Seat
$27 - $85
Business Class Seat
$45 - $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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
Amtrak
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
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
MBTA
Phone
+1-617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $13
Website
MBTA
children 11 and under
$0
Adult
$11 - $13
Bus operators
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 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to Philadelphia Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
peterpanbus.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 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 Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Boston to Philadelphia Bus Station
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult Standard Purchase
$28 - $60
Adult Advance Purchase
$23 - $35
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Email
inquiries@megabus.com
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from New York to Philadelphia - Market St & 6th St
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $29
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $17
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 22m.

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Boston to Philadelphia bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Philadelphia Bus Station.

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Boston to Philadelphia train services, operated by Amtrak Acela, 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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Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and two other airlines offer flights from Boston Airport to Philadelphia Airport.

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The best way to get from Boston to Boston Airport is to bus which takes 0 min and costs $1 - $13.

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