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

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Recommended option

Bus, train  •  6 h 43 min

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

$47 - $114

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Bus  •  7 h

  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 6 min

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

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

$123 - $275

Fly Washington Dulles to State College, bus  •  5 h 9 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 Hagerstown, drive  •  4 h 10 min

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

$94 - $226

Train to Baltimore, fly to Johnstown, train  •  4 h 40 min

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

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

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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.

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No, there is no direct train from Washington station to Altoona. However, there are services departing from Washington Union Station Amtrak and arriving at Altoona Amtrak via Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 6 min.

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

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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 bus from Washington to Altoona via Harrisburg, Pa in around 7 h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Washington to Altoona via Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak in around 7 h 6 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 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Harrisburg Amtrak to Altoona Amtrak
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 Amtrak to Altoona Amtrak
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 to Altoona Amtrak
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
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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
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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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
Hourly
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
Hourly
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24

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