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There are 6 ways to get from Roanoke to Altoona by train, bus, car or plane

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

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Train  •  12h 20m

  1. Take the train from Roanoke to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
  3. Take the train from Philadelphia to Altoona Amtrak Station

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Bus, train  •  17h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Roanoke Civic Center to Lynchburg
  2. Take the bus from Lynchburg, VA - Kemper Street Station to Union Station Parking Garage
  3. Take the bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia, PA Wdc
  4. Take the train from Philadelphia to Altoona Amtrak Station

Bus  •  18h

  1. Take the bus from Roanoke to Richmond
  2. Take the bus from Richmond to Philadelphia
  3. Take the bus from Philadelphia to Harrisburg
  4. Take the bus from Harrisburg to Altoona

Drive  •  5h 21m

  1. Drive from Roanoke to Altoona 298.6 miles

Fly to State College, bus  •  7h 7m

  1. Fly from Roanoke (ROA) to State College (SCE) ROA - SCE
  2. Take the bus from State College to Altoona

Fly to Johnstown, train  •  7h 16m

  1. Fly from Roanoke (ROA) to Johnstown (JST) ROA - JST
  2. Take the train from Johnstown Amtrak Station to Altoona Amtrak Station

Roanoke to Altoona by train

The train journey time between Roanoke and Altoona is around 33h 57m and covers a distance of around 594 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 22h 37m. The fastest train normally takes 32h 14m. Operated by Amtrak Northeast Regional, Amtrak Acela Express and Amtrak, the Roanoke to Altoona train service departs from Roanoke and arrives in Altoona Amtrak Station. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
11h 20m
Layover time:
22h 37m
Total time:
33h 57m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
32h 14m
Train distance:
594 miles
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
$71
Carbon emissions:
50 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:20
Last train departs at:
08:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Roanoke to Altoona train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Roanoke to Altoona is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 5h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Roanoke to Altoona is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Roanoke to Altoona. However, there are services departing from Roanoke and arriving at Altoona via Richmond, Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h.

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No, there is no direct train from Roanoke to Altoona station. However, there are services departing from Roanoke and arriving at Altoona Amtrak Station via Washington Union Station and Philadelphia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 20m.

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The distance between Roanoke and Altoona is 241 miles. The road distance is 298.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Roanoke to Altoona without a car is to train which takes 12h 20m and costs $70 - $340.

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It takes approximately 12h 20m to get from Roanoke to Altoona, including transfers.

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Roanoke to Altoona bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Roanoke station.

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Roanoke to Altoona train services, operated by Amtrak Northeast Regional, depart from Roanoke station.

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The best way to get from Roanoke to Altoona is to train which takes 12h 20m and costs $70 - $340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $90 - $140 and takes 18h.

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Map of how to get from Roanoke to Altoona.
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  • Distance: 240.7 miles
  • Duration: 12h 20m

What companies run services between Roanoke, VA, USA and Altoona, PA, USA?

You can take a train from Roanoke to Altoona via Washington Union Station and Philadelphia in around 12h 20m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Roanoke to Altoona via Richmond, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg in around 18h.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Roanoke to State College via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Roanoke to State College via Charlotte, Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6h 6m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Roanoke to State College via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Roanoke to State College via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Roanoke to Johnstown via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
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 Roanoke to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $130
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$20 - $65
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $130
Business Class Seat
$65 - $170
Train from Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $100
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$16 - $50
Reserved Coach Seat
$30 - $100
Business Class Seat
$55 - $140
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 Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat - Adult
$110 - $160
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$110 - $150
Business Seat - Child
$100 - $150
First Class - Adult
$170 - $240
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$170 - $240
First Class - Child
$170 - $240
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 Washington Union Station to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 2 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 Philadelphia to Altoona Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $95
Train from Johnstown Amtrak Station to Altoona Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$29 - $45
Bus operators
Valley Metro Roanoke
Phone
+1 540-982-0305
Website
valleymetro.com
Bus from Roanoke Civic Center to Lynchburg
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
valleymetro.com
Virginia Breeze
Email
support@virginiabreeze.org
Website
virginiabreeze.org
Bus from Lynchburg, VA - Kemper Street Station to Union Station Parking Garage
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
virginiabreeze.org
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia, PA
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Book at
megabus.com
One way - 1 traveller
$26 - $35
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 Roanoke to Richmond
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $35
Flexible
$45 - $70
Bus from Richmond to Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $80
Bus from Philadelphia to Harrisburg
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $25
Flexible
$35 - $55
Bus from Harrisburg to Altoona
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $28
Flexible
$35 - $60
Bus from State College to Altoona
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$28 - $40

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There is no direct flight from Roanoke Airport to State College Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 35m and has one stopover.

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Roanoke to Altoona bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Altoona station.

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Roanoke to Altoona train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Altoona Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Roanoke to Altoona is 299 miles. It takes approximately 5h 21m to drive from Roanoke to Altoona.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Roanoke Airport to State College Airport.

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There are 18+ hotels available in Altoona. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Roanoke to Roanoke Airport is to bus which takes 15 min and costs $1 - $4.

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