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

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Train  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station Acela Express / ...

$96 - $250

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Bus Megabus  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, PA to Washington DC

$17 - $29

5 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Baltimore Downtown, Md 3019 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Baltimore, MD - Greyhound Bus Terminal Downtown to Silver Spring

$30 - $59

Drive  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Bethesda 137.8 miles

$13 - $20

Fly to Reagan Washington, subway  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Reagan Washington (DCA) PHL - DCA
  2. Take the subway from FARRAGUT NORTH station to BETHESDA station

$171 - $445

Fly to Washington Dulles, subway  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Washington Dulles (IAD) PHL - IAD
  2. Take the subway from WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station to FARRAGUT WEST station
  3. Take the subway from FARRAGUT NORTH station to BETHESDA station

$197 - $822

Fly to Baltimore, train, subway  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Baltimore (BWI) PHL - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station
  3. Take the subway from UNION STATION station to BETHESDA station

$274 - $716

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Bethesda is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Bethesda is to train which costs $95 - $250 and takes 2 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Bethesda station. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Bethesda Station & Bay B via Baltimore, MD - Greyhound Bus Terminal Downtown and Silver Spring Station & Bus Bay 102. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 4 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Bethesda is 124 miles. The road distance is 137.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Bethesda without a car is to train which takes 2 h 12 min and costs $95 - $250.

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It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to get from Philadelphia to Bethesda, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Bethesda is to train which takes 2 h 12 min and costs $95 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $16 - $29 and takes 3 h 19 min.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 6 min.

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Philadelphia to Bethesda bus services, operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines, arrive at Silver Spring station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Bethesda is 138 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 31 min to drive from Philadelphia to Bethesda.

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American Airlines offers flights from Philadelphia Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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  • Distance: 123.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 12 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Bethesda, MD, USA?

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Philadelphia to Bethesda hourly. Tickets cost $90 - $250 and the journey takes 1 h 43 min. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Philadelphia to Bethesda every 3 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $25 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
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 Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Train from BWI Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from FARRAGUT NORTH station to BETHESDA station
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
wmata.com
Subway from WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station to FARRAGUT WEST station
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
wmata.com
Subway from UNION STATION station to BETHESDA station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
wmata.com
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 Philadelphia, Pa to Baltimore Downtown, Md
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Baltimore, MD - Greyhound Bus Terminal Downtown to Silver Spring
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
peterpanbus.com

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