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

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Fly Philadelphia to Boston  •  3h 4m

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

$49 - $194

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Bus  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia Megabus Stop to Boston South Buses Phil / ...

$16 - $50

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Train to Newark, fly to Boston  •  3h 43m

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

$43 - $254

Train to New York JFK, fly to Boston  •  4h 18m

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

$108 - $314

Train to New York La Guardia, fly to Boston  •  4h 23m

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

$70 - $268

Fly Philadelphia to Manchester, bus  •  4h 46m

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

$229 - $378

Train  •  5h 18m

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

$45 - $160

Bus via New York  •  7h 30m

  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

$26 - $58

Drive  •  5h 29m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Boston 304.6 miles

$29 - $45

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The cost-effective way to get from Philadelphia to Boston is to bus, which costs $16 - $50 and takes 6h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Boston is to fly which costs $45 - $200 and takes 3h 4m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Philadelphia Megabus Stop and arriving at Boston South Buses. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia and arriving at Boston South Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 18m.

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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 18m and costs $45 - $160.

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It takes approximately 3h 4m to get from Philadelphia to Boston, including transfers.

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Philadelphia to Boston bus services, operated by Boltbus, depart from Philadelphia Megabus Stop station.

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

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Boston is to fly which takes 3h 4m and costs $45 - $200. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $45 - $160 and takes 5h 18m, you could also bus, which costs $16 - $50 and takes 6h 45m.

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  • Distance: 272.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 4m

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

JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Philadelphia to Boston every 3 hours. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Philadelphia to Boston South Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 5h 18m. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route every 4 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston via Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from New York JFK to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from New York La Guardia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Flights from Philadelphia to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $460
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $500
Flights from New York JFK to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from New York JFK to Boston via Nantucket
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from New York JFK to Boston via Martha's Vineyard
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,000
Flights from New York La Guardia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$20 - $330
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$11 - $230
Flights from New York JFK to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $270
Flights from New York La Guardia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$11 - $240
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $350
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $270
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$14 - $260
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from New York JFK to Boston via Nantucket
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,000
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $80
Business Class Seat
$65 - $120
Train from Philadelphia to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Class Seat
$65 - $130
Train from Philadelphia to Boston South Station
Ave. Duration
8h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$75 - $160
Business Class Seat
$120 - $220
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Philadelphia to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Philadelphia to Boston South Station
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Premium
$220 - $310
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Seat
$85 - $120
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
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Philadelphia Megabus Stop to Boston South Buses
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
boltbus.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
flixbus.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 to Boston
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Philadelphia - Market St & 6th St to New York
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $23
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from New York, NY to Boston, MA - South Station
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Book at
megabus.com

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Boston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 18m.

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Philadelphia to Boston bus services, operated by Boltbus, arrive at Boston South Buses station.

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Philadelphia to Boston train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Boston South 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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Delta, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and American 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 $7.

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