There are 8 ways to get from Philadelphia to Cambridge by train, bus, car, tram or plane

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Train  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Boston Back Bay Station Amtrak Acela Express / ...

$160 - $430

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Boston, Ma 2552 / ...

$30 - $85

6 alternative options

Bus Lucky Star Bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York Philadelphia
  2. Take the bus from New York to Boston, MA New York

$40

Drive  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Cambridge 304.7 miles

$29 - $45

Line 36 tram to Philadelphia, fly to Boston  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the line 36 tram from 15th St Trolley Station to Elmwood Av & Island Av
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Boston (BOS) PHL - BOS

$102 - $308

Train to Newark, fly to Boston  •  3 h 52 min

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

$89 - $351

Fly Philadelphia to Manchester, bus  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Manchester (MHT) PHL - MHT
  2. Take the bus from Manchester Arpt to Boston, Ma

$179 - $509

Line 36 tram to Philadelphia, fly to Providence, train  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the line 36 tram from 15th St Trolley Station to Elmwood Av & Island Av
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Providence (PVD) PHL - PVD
  3. Take the train from Providence Amtrak to Boston Back Bay Station Amtrak

$127 - $552

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Cambridge is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 5 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Cambridge is to line 36 tram and fly which costs $100 - $310 and takes 3 h 48 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Cambridge is 271 miles. The road distance is 304.7 miles.

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The train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Boston Back Bay Station Amtrak takes 5 h 11 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Boston, Ma. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak station and arriving at Boston Back Bay Station Amtrak station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 11 min.

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There are 823+ hotels available in Cambridge. Prices start at $119 USD per night.

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Philadelphia to Cambridge train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at South Station.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Cambridge.
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  • Distance: 270.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 11 min

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

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Philadelphia to Cambridge every 4 hours. Tickets cost $160 - $430 and the journey takes 5 h 11 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Philadelphia to Cambridge every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $30 - $85 and the journey takes 6 h 35 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Flights from Philadelphia to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Providence
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Train operators
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 Boston Back Bay Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$160 - $310
First Class Seat
$260 - $430
Train from Providence Amtrak to Boston Back Bay Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$60 - $150
First Class Seat
$120 - $160
SEPTA
Phone
+1 215-580-7800
Website
septa.org
Tram from 15th St Trolley Station to Elmwood Av & Island Av
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
septa.org
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
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 Boston, Ma
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85
Bus from Manchester Arpt to Boston, Ma
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $26
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $26
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
Lucky Star Bus
Phone
(888) 881-0887 / (617) 269-5468
Email
info@luckystarbus.com
Website
luckystarbus.com
Bus from New York to Boston, MA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
luckystarbus.com

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