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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Erie  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Erie (ERI) PHL - ERI

$159 - $439

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  10 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from 30th St. Station Philadelphia to Buffalo
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Erie, Pa 4175 / ...

$51 - $119

6 alternative options

Fly to Buffalo, bus  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Buffalo (BUF) PHL - BUF
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Erie, Pa

$174 - $759

Fly to Cleveland, train  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Cleveland (CLE) PHL - CLE
  2. Take the train from Cleveland Amtrak to Erie Amtrak

$189 - $485

Fly to Pittsburgh, bus  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Pittsburgh (PIT) PHL - PIT
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Erie, Pa

$150 - $490

Bus via Pittsburgh, Pa  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Pittsburgh, Pa 1685 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Erie, Pa 4646 / ...

$54 - $131

Train  •  12 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to New York Penn Station Acela Express / ...
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Erie Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

$153 - $423

Drive  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Erie 423.2 miles

$40 - $60

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Erie is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 6 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Erie is to fly which costs $150 - $440 and takes 4 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Erie. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Erie, Pa via Pittsburgh, Pa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 32 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Philadelphia station to Erie. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia 30th Street Station and arriving at Erie Amtrak via New York Penn Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 21 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Erie is 299 miles. The road distance is 423.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Erie without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 32 min and costs $50 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4 h 9 min to get from Philadelphia to Erie, including transfers.

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

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Philadelphia to Erie train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Erie is to fly which takes 4 h 9 min and costs $150 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $140 and takes 9 h 32 min, you could also train, which costs $150 - $430 and takes 12 h 21 min.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Erie.
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  • Distance: 299 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 9 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Erie, PA, USA?

American Airlines flies from Philadelphia to Erie twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to Erie via Pittsburgh, Pa in around 9 h 32 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Erie
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Buffalo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Buffalo via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Buffalo via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,600
Flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $800
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Train operators
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Cleveland Amtrak to Erie Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from New York Penn Station to Erie Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$150 - $220
Room
$330 - $460
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 New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$75 - $180
First Class Seat
$150 - $210
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 Buffalo, Ny to Erie, Pa
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Erie, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Pittsburgh, Pa
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85

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