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There are 5 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 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station Acela Express / ...

$90 - $250

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Bus  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, PA to Washington DC 3041 / ...

$14 - $45

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 34m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Washington 138.7 miles

$13 - $20

Fly to Reagan Washington  •  2h 50m

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

$169 - $441

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  3h 23m

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

$272 - $712

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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 $90 - $250 and takes 1h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Philadelphia, PA and arriving at Washington DC. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Philadelphia 30th Street Station station and arriving at Washington Union Station station. Services depart hourly, 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 138.7 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 $90 - $250.

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The train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station takes 1h 47m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Philadelphia to Washington 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 Washington is to train which takes 1h 47m and costs $90 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $14 - $45 and takes 3h 10m, you could also fly, which costs $160 - $450 and takes 2h 50m.

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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 hourly. Tickets cost $90 - $250 and the journey takes 1h 47m. Alternatively, Megabus operates a bus from Philadelphia to Washington every 2 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $25 and the journey takes 3h 10m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Baltimore
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
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 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Bus operators
Focus
Phone
+1 215-625-2727
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Philadelphia to Washington, DC
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
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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 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 2m.

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Philadelphia to Washington bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Washington DC 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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American Airlines offers flights from Philadelphia Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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There are 860+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $7.

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