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There are 10 ways to get from Philadelphia to Boston by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Philadelphia to Boston  •  2h 55m

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

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Bus  •  7h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia Bus Station to Boston "Greyhound" / ...

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Train to Newark, fly to Boston  •  3h 42m

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

Train to New York JFK, fly to Boston  •  4h 30m

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

Fly Philadelphia to Manchester, bus  •  4h 37m

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

Fly Philadelphia to Providence, train  •  4h 59m

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

Train  •  5h 17m

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

Bus via New York  •  7h 3m

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

Bus via New York #2  •  7h 45m

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

Drive  •  5h 29m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Boston 304.6 miles

Philadelphia to Boston by train

The train journey time between Philadelphia and Boston is around 5h 17m and covers a distance of around 324 miles. Services are operated by Amtrak Acela and Amtrak Northeast Regional. Typically 122 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

122 Weekly Trains
5h 17m Average Duration
$24 Cheapest Price
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Philadelphia → Boston
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The cost-effective way to get from Philadelphia to Boston is to bus, which costs $23 - $60 and takes 7h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Boston is to fly which costs $45 - $180 and takes 2h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Philadelphia Bus Station station and arriving at Boston. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia and arriving at Boston. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 17m.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Boston is 272 miles. The road distance is 304.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Boston without a car is to train which takes 5h 17m and costs $24 - $330.

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It takes approximately 2h 55m to get from Philadelphia to Boston, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Boston is to fly which takes 2h 55m and costs $45 - $180. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $24 - $330 and takes 5h 17m, you could also bus via New York, which costs $40 - $85 and takes 7h 3m.

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  • Distance: 272.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 55m

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

Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Philadelphia to Boston hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak Acela operates a train from Philadelphia to Boston every 3 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $330 and the journey takes 5h 17m. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route every 3 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $390
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Flights from New York JFK to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Philadelphia to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $420
Flights from Philadelphia to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $270
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Flights from New York JFK to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from New York JFK to Boston via Martha's Vineyard
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $290
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from New York JFK to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $260
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston via Newark
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from New York JFK to Boston via Martha's Vineyard
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Train operators
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
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 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
Train from Philadelphia to NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
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 Providence to Boston
Ave. Duration
43 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 Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
Frequency
Every 3 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
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Philadelphia to NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
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 Philadelphia to NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
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 Providence to Boston
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 3 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
Train from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 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
MBTA
Phone
+1-617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from Providence to South Station
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $13
Website
MBTA
children 11 and under
$0
Adult
$11 - $13
Bus operators
Boston Express
Phone
1800-639-8080
Email
contact@bostonexpressbus.com
Website
bostonexpressbus.com
Bus from North Londonderry, NH - exit 5 to Boston South Buses
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
bostonexpressbus.com
Book at
webstore.bostonexpressbus.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Philadelphia Bus Station to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY to South Station, Boston, MA
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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.

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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 Bus Station to New York
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from New York to Boston
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Philadelphia Bus Station to Boston
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
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 Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
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 Philadelphia - Market St & 6th St to New York
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $29
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from New York, NY to Boston, MA - South Station
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
megabus.com

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Boston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Boston is 305 miles. It takes approximately 5h 29m to drive from Philadelphia to Boston.

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Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and two other airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to Boston Airport.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $0 - $7.

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