There are 5 ways to get from Philadelphia to Altoona by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 27 min

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

$45 - $120

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Bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Harrisburg, Pa 1683 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Altoona, Pa 4693 / ...

$35 - $82

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Altoona 238.4 miles

$23 - $35

Fly Philadelphia to State College, bus  •  5 h 8 min

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

$184 - $901

Train to Baltimore, fly to Altoona  •  3 h 56 min

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

$150 - $347

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Altoona is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Altoona is to train and fly which costs $150 - $350 and takes 3 h 56 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Altoona is 176 miles. The road distance is 238.4 miles.

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The train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Altoona Amtrak takes 4 h 27 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Altoona. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Altoona, Pa via Harrisburg, Pa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak station and arriving at Altoona Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 27 min.

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There are 19+ hotels available in Altoona. Prices start at $54 USD per night.

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Philadelphia to Altoona train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Penn Station.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Altoona.
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  • Distance: 175.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from Philadelphia to Altoona once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 4 h 27 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to Altoona via Harrisburg, Pa in around 5 h 50 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to State College
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Southern Airways Express
Website
iflysouthern.com
Flights from Baltimore to Altoona
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $140
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Altoona Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 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
Amtrak Acela Express
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Altoona, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from State College, Pa to Altoona, Pa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24

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