There are 9 ways to get from Boston to Swarthmore by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Acela Express

$168 - $436

Cheapest option

Bus Peter Pan Bus Lines  •  7 h 40 min

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

$39 - $72

7 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Boston, Ma to Philadelphia, Pa 2561 / ...

$40 - $88

Drive  •  5 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Boston to Swarthmore 325.9 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Boston to Philadelphia, train  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Philadelphia (PHL) BOS - PHL
  2. Take the train from University City to Swarthmore

$100 - $325

I-93 to Manchester, fly to Philadelphia  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the I-93 from Boston, MA to North Londonderry, NH - exit 5
  2. Fly from Manchester (MHT) to Philadelphia (PHL) MHT - PHL

$183 - $504

Train to Providence, fly to Philadelphia, train  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Providence Amtrak
  2. Fly from Providence (PVD) to Philadelphia (PHL) PVD - PHL
  3. Take the train from University City to Swarthmore

$186 - $555

Bus to Worcester, fly to Philadelphia, train  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Boston, Ma to Worcester, Ma
  2. Fly from Worcester (ORH) to Philadelphia (PHL) ORH - PHL
  3. Take the train from University City to Swarthmore

$186 - $940

Fly Boston to Newark, train  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Newark (EWR) BOS - EWR
  2. Take the train from Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station

$89 - $373

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Boston to Swarthmore is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Swarthmore is to fly and train which costs $95 - $330 and takes 4 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Boston to Swarthmore. However, there are services departing from Boston, Ma and arriving at Chester Rd & Rutgers Av - FS via Market St & 11th St and 69th St Transportation Center West Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Boston station to Swarthmore. However, there are services departing from Boston South Station and arriving at Swarthmore via 30th Street Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 3 min.

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The distance between Boston and Swarthmore is 282 miles. The road distance is 325.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Swarthmore without a car is to train which takes 6 h 3 min and costs $160 - $440.

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It takes approximately 6 h 3 min to get from Boston to Swarthmore, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Boston to Swarthmore.
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  • Distance: 282 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 min

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

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Boston to Swarthmore every 4 hours. Tickets cost $160 - $430 and the journey takes 5 h 2 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Boston to Swarthmore via New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal, Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Terminal, and Jefferson Station in around 7 h 40 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Manchester to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Providence to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Worcester to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Providence to Philadelphia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Boston to Newark
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$160 - $310
First Class Seat
$260 - $430
Train from Boston South Station to Providence Amtrak
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$60 - $150
First Class Seat
$120 - $160
Amtrak Northeast Regional
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
Bus operators
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from New York, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal to Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to Worcester, MA - Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $18
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, Ma to Philadelphia, Pa
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85
Bus from Boston, Ma to Worcester, Ma
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
Boston Express
Phone
1800-639-8080
Email
contact@bostonexpressbus.com
Website
bostonexpressbus.com
Bus from Boston, MA to North Londonderry, NH - exit 5
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Schedules at
bostonexpressbus.com
Book at
tickets.bostonexpressbus.com

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