There are 3 ways to get from Philadelphia to Columbia by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train  •  1 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Acela Express / ...

$143 - $297

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Baltimore Downtown, Md 3019 / ...

$18 - $47

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Columbia 117.8 miles

$11 - $17

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Columbia is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Columbia is to train which costs $140 - $300 and takes 1 h 36 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Columbia is 102 miles. The road distance is 117.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to get from Philadelphia to Columbia, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Columbia. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb via HAINES ST & WARNER ST eb and FRANKLIN ST & SMALLWOOD ST fs wb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 51 min.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 102.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 36 min

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

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Philadelphia to Columbia hourly. Tickets cost $80 - $220 and the journey takes 1 h 17 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Philadelphia to Columbia hourly. Tickets cost $16 - $40 and the journey takes 1 h 55 min.

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 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 Baltimore Downtown, Md
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40

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