There are 8 ways to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia by plane, tram, train, subway, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly Reagan Washington to Philadelphia, line 36 tram  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Philadelphia (PHL) DCA - PHL
  2. Take the line 36 tram from Elmwood Av & Island Av - MBFS to 15th St Trolley Station

$172 - $433

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  4 h 28 min

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

$18 - $29

6 alternative options

Fly Reagan Washington to Newark, train  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Newark (EWR) DCA - EWR
  2. Take the train from Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak

$128 - $542

Subway to Washington Dulles, fly to Philadelphia, line 36 tram  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the subway from NATIONAL AIRPORT station to ROSSLYN station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Philadelphia (PHL) IAD - PHL
  3. Take the line 36 tram from Elmwood Av & Island Av - MBFS to 15th St Trolley Station

$198 - $821

Train Amtrak Acela Express  •  2 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak Acela Express / ...

$95 - $256

Train Amtrak Northeast Regional  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from New Carrollton Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak Northeast Regional / ...

$80 - $198

Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Philadelphia, Pa 1002

$22 - $48

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia 142.6 miles

$14 - $21

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia is to fly and line 36 tram which costs $170 - $440 and takes 2 h 12 min.

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The distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Philadelphia is 127 miles. The road distance is 142.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia, including transfers.

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There are 358+ hotels available in Philadelphia. Prices start at $87 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia.
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  • Distance: 126.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 12 min

What companies run services between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA), USA and Philadelphia, PA, USA?

Amtrak Acela Express operates a train from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia hourly. Tickets cost $90 - $250 and the journey takes 1 h 39 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Philadelphia hourly. Tickets cost $19 - $45 and the journey takes 3 h 5 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Newark
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Washington Dulles to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Train operators
SEPTA
Phone
+1 215-580-7800
Website
septa.org
Tram from Elmwood Av & Island Av - MBFS to 15th St Trolley Station
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
septa.org
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
Train from New Carrollton Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Business Seat
$110 - $190
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from NATIONAL AIRPORT station to ROSSLYN station
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
wmata.com
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 Washington Union Station Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
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 Washington, Dc to Philadelphia, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45

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