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There are 8 ways to get from Washington to Altoona by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Harrisburg, Pa 4696 / ...
  2. Take the train from Harrisburg Amtrak Station to Altoona Amtrak Station Pennsylvanian

$47 - $114

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Bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Harrisburg, Pa 4696 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Altoona, Pa 4693 / ...

$35 - $84

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Train  •  7 h 1 min

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

$139 - $366

Drive  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Altoona 174.8 miles

$17 - $25

Train to Baltimore, fly to Altoona  •  3 h

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

$123 - $275

Train to Baltimore, fly to Hagerstown, drive  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Hagerstown (HGR) BWI - HGR
  3. Drive from Hagerstown to Altoona

$94 - $226

Fly Washington Dulles to State College, bus  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to State College (SCE) IAD - SCE
  2. Take the bus from State College, Pa to Altoona, Pa

$294 - $651

Train to Baltimore, fly to Johnstown, train  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Johnstown (JST) BWI - JST
  3. Take the train from Johnstown Amtrak Station to Altoona Amtrak Station

$165 - $411

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to Altoona is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Altoona is to train and fly which costs $120 - $280 and takes 3 h.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Altoona. However, there are services departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at Altoona, Pa via Harrisburg, Pa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Washington station to Altoona station. However, there are services departing from Washington Union Station and arriving at Altoona Amtrak Station via Philadelphia 30th Street Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 1 min.

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The distance between Washington and Altoona is 134 miles. The road distance is 174.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Altoona without a car is to bus and train which takes 6 h 43 min and costs $45 - $120.

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It takes approximately 6 h 43 min to get from Washington to Altoona, including transfers.

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

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Washington to Altoona train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Washington to Altoona is to train which takes 7 h 1 min and costs $130 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $85 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Washington to Altoona.
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  • Distance: 134.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 43 min

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

You can take a train from Washington to Altoona via Philadelphia 30th Street Station in around 7 h 1 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Altoona via Harrisburg, Pa in around 7 h 15 min.

Airlines
Southern Airways Express
Website
iflysouthern.com
Flights from Baltimore to Altoona
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $140
Flights from Baltimore to Hagerstown
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $120
Flights from Baltimore to Johnstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to State College
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
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 Harrisburg Amtrak Station to Altoona Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Altoona Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Train from Johnstown Amtrak Station to Altoona Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
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 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Washington, Dc to Harrisburg, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Harrisburg, Pa to Altoona, Pa
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from State College, Pa to Altoona, Pa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24

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The quickest flight from Baltimore Airport to Altoona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Altoona is 175 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 6 min to drive from Washington to Altoona.

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Southern Airways Express offers flights from Baltimore Airport to Altoona Airport.

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There are 21+ hotels available in Altoona. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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