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There are 7 ways to get from Philadelphia to Washington by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 44m

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station Acela / ...

$30 - $100

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Bus  •  2h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Market Street to Washington DC FlixBus / ...

$8 - $40

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Night train  •  2h 2m

  1. Take the night train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station Northeast Regional

$50 - $100

Drive  •  2h 34m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Washington 139.2 miles

$13 - $20

Fly to Reagan Washington  •  3h

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Reagan Washington (DCA) PHL - DCA

$94 - $370

Fly to Washington Dulles  •  3h 34m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Washington Dulles (IAD) PHL - IAD

$125 - $1,715

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  3h 45m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Baltimore (BWI) PHL - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station

$239 - $482

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Washington is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 2h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Washington is to train which costs $30 - $100 and takes 1h 44m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Market Street and arriving at Washington DC. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from 30th Street Train Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 44m.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Washington is 125 miles. The road distance is 139.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Washington without a car is to train which takes 1h 44m and costs $30 - $100.

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The train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station takes 1h 44m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Philadelphia to Washington bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from Market Street station.

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Philadelphia to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from 30th Street Train Station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Washington is to train which takes 1h 44m and costs $30 - $100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $8 - $40 and takes 2h 40m, you could also fly, which costs $90 - $370 and takes 3h.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Washington.
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  • Distance: 124.5 miles
  • Duration: 1h 44m

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 1h 44m. Amtrak Northeast Regional also services this route hourly. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from Market Street to Washington DC 4 times a day. Tickets cost $8 - $12 and the journey takes 2h 40m. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Philadelphia to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $3,400
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
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 30th Street Train Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Market Street to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
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.

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 Philadelphia, Pa to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$40 - $60
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Book at
megabus.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Jefferson Station Bus Terminal, Philadelphia, PA to Union Station, Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
peterpanbus.com

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 7m.

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Philadelphia to Washington bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Washington DC station.

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Philadelphia to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Washington is 139 miles. It takes approximately 2h 34m to drive from Philadelphia to Washington.

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American Airlines offers flights from Philadelphia Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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Book your Philadelphia to Washington train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Philadelphia to Washington bus tickets online with FlixBus, Greyhound and Busbud.

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There are 914+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 27 min and costs $7.

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