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There are 6 ways to get from Philadelphia to Washington by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 47m

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia to Washington Union Station Acela / ...

$30 - $160

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Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia Megabus Stop to Washington, DC - Union Station Philadelphia / ...

$11 - $40

4 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 34m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Washington 139 miles

$13 - $20

Fly to Reagan Washington  •  2h 55m

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

$129 - $330

Fly to Washington Dulles  •  3h 33m

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

$135 - $565

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  3h 37m

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

$99 - $437

Philadelphia to Washington by train

The train journey time between Philadelphia and Washington is around 1h 57m and covers a distance of around 135 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 43m. Operated by Amtrak Acela Express, Amtrak Northeast Regional and Amtrak, the Philadelphia to Washington train service departs from Philadelphia and arrives in Washington Union Station. Typically 210 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 57m
Fastest train time:
1h 43m
Train distance:
135 miles
Trains per week:
210
Cheapest price:
$30
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:26
Last train departs at:
23:54

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Philadelphia to Washington train schedules

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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 - $160 and takes 1h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Philadelphia Megabus Stop and arriving at Washington, DC - Union Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 47m.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Washington is 125 miles. The road distance is 139 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Washington without a car is to train which takes 1h 47m and costs $30 - $160.

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The train from Philadelphia to Washington Union Station takes 1h 47m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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Philadelphia to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, depart from Philadelphia station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Washington is to train which takes 1h 47m and costs $30 - $160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $11 - $40 and takes 3h 30m, you could also fly, which costs $120 - $330 and takes 2h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Washington.
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  • Distance: 124.5 miles
  • Duration: 1h 47m

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

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Philadelphia to Washington Union Station hourly. Tickets cost $110 - $160 and the journey takes 1h 47m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Boltbus operates a bus from Philadelphia Megabus Stop to Washington, DC - Union Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $21 and the journey takes 3h 30m. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Philadelphia to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Train operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$110 - $160
First Class
$130 - $260
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$70 - $110
First Class
$75 - $190
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 Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$50 - $100
Business Class Seat
$75 - $140
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
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 Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Bus operators
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Philadelphia Megabus Stop to Washington, DC - Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
boltbus.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Book at
megabus.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 Washington
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$40 - $60
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Philadelphia Market Street to Washington DC
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.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
3h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
peterpanbus.com

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Philadelphia to Washington bus services, operated by Boltbus, arrive at Washington, DC - Union Station.

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Philadelphia to Washington train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, 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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