How to Book Train Travel from New York to Philadelphia

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One of the oldest cities in the U.S. and its first capital, Philadelphia still serves as a cultural, commercial and educational center. You'll love the ease with which you can reach the City of Brotherly Love by train from New York.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with internet access.

Book Your Train Travel from New York to Philadelphia

  • Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak's web site in the "Resources" section below. On the web site, you can book your train reservations via Amtrak's Fare Finder. You can also navigate the site if you have a PDA, Blackberry or other handheld device.

  • Choose from one of three ways to get from New York to Philadelphia by train: the Acela Express, Regional Service, or Keystone Service. All three trains will get you to Philadelphia in little more than an hour. However, there are differences in price and accommodations. The Acela Express and the Regional Service are faster and have a snack car. The Keystone Service has the lowest fare, but provides no amenities.

  • If you ordered your tickets online or by phone, pick them up at a ticket agent or at one of the Quik-Trak kiosks that can be found at many Amtrak locations (you'll need to enter your reservation number). If you've booked your trip far in advance, you can also request that your tickets be mailed to you.

Navigate Your Way Around Philadelphia

  • Climb into a cab at the east entrance of the 30th Street Station for a quick ride to your Philadelphia destination.

  • Ride one of the SEPTA Regional Rails, which will take you to 13 different points in the Philadelphia area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plan to work on the train? Some Amtrak trains offer the ability to plug in a laptop or other device. Inquire at the station before boarding.
  • Ask for a seat in the Quiet Car if you're planning to work or just need some undisturbed rest. There's no additional charge, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Forget about fast food when you reach the 30th Street Station. Instead, head straight to Delilah's for some soul food, or try one of the other specialty food restaurants in the area.
  • Alert anyone that may be picking you up at the 30th Street Station that they may only do so at the east entrance (one lane over from the taxi stand) due to security reasons.
  • Keep your Amtrak ticket stub. It entitles you to a free ride to (or from) the Suburban Station or Market East Station on the SEPTA Rail, if you're feeling adventurous.
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