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Philadelphia Travel Made Easy with Amtrak

Skip the Flight or Bus to Philadelphia for More Time on Things to Do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Liberty Bell Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia Franklin Museum

Few cities in the United States offer the rich cultural history, vibrant life and almost endless arrays of attractions, restaurants, boutiques and hotels like Philadelphia. Fortunately Amtrak makes Philadelphia travel convenient, affordable and fun with short travel times, onboard Wi-Fi® and special discounts for certain travelers so you can spend your time and money enjoying the city. Skipping the bus or avoiding flights to Philadelphia has never made more sense.

Never Short on Things to Do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Please Touch Children

Whether your travel to the City of Brotherly Love includes visiting the Philadelphia Art Museum, shopping along Walnut Street or Rittenhouse Square, attending pro or college sporting events like the Penn Relays or admiring the LOVE statue in John F. Kennedy Plaza, Amtrak trains deliver you right to the heart of the action. Trains to Philadelphia depart from stations centrally located in cities along the east coast with popular station stops in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, DE, New York and Boston. Trains arrive at historic Philadelphia 30th Street Station with easy connections to SEPTA (Philadelphia’s bus, light rail, regional rail and subway system) and New Jersey Transit, connecting to southern New Jersey destinations including Atlantic City.

30th Street Station (PHL) is serviced by 10 Amtrak train routes with destinations as far south as Florida, as far north as Vermont and as far west as Chicago. Bring our Philadelphia walking tour guide with you as you step off the train in the middle of the city. Within a mile of the station are numerous Philadelphia attractions. Along the Ben Franklin Parkway there is the Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Museum, the Rodin Museum and John F. Kennedy Plaza.

Philadelphia Independence Hall

Also nearby is the Mütter Museum, a unique medical museum containing a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. A few blocks east, explore Reading Terminal Market, City Hall, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Chinatown, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House. And just a short car drive north, you’ll find Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Zoo, Fairmount Park and the city’s award winning children’s Please Touch Museum at the historic Memorial Hall. The list of fun things to do in Philadelphia is endless.

Train travel into Philadelphia is filled with beauty. Grab some shut eye or get some work done in your wide, reclining seat. Wi-Fi is available on most trains. No matter how you choose to spend the time, you’re sure to enjoy the scenery, amenities and various seating options Amtrak offers. Save time, protect the environment, travel comfortably and arrive relaxed — book your trip to Philadelphia on Amtrak today.

To visit your family and friends in North Philadelphia, you can take the Amtrak Northeast Regional or Keystone Service train and get off at North Philadelphia Station (PHN).

Philadelphia Travel Time Saver

Learn about part of the advantage of riding Amtrak by comparing average travel time for the bus to Philadelphia:

Popular Route Amtrak Bus
Boston to Philadelphia Less than 6 hours 7 - 8 hours
New York City to Philadelphia 1.25 hours 2+ hours
Harrisburg to Philadelphia 1.5 - 1.75 hours 2+ hours
Baltimore to Philadelphia 1 hour 2 hours
Washington, DC to Philadelphia 1.5 - 2 hours 3.5 hours

Photo credits: Tony Fisher (Liberty Bell), Jared Kofsky (Reading Terminal Market)