Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

Cheapest

Carpool

Cheapest $12

Quickest

Train

Quickest 2h 23min

Most Convenient

Bus

Most Convenient

There are 1 bus company, 1 train company operating 13 routes - Silver Service / Palmetto, Silver Star, Cardinal, Carolinian, Vermonter, Palmetto, Piedmont, Crescent, Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Carolinian / Piedmont, Silver Meteor, Pennsylvanian, 2 airlines from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.. The cheapest bus costs $14 and is 3h 30min. The cheapest train costs $24 and is 2h 23min. The cheapest flight costs $125 and is 3h 30min.

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What is the best way to travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.?

There are 4 ways to travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.. 4 buses, 3 trains, 4 flights and 1 by car are possible between the two areas. The by car from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. is the cheapest. The train operated by Amtrak running from PHL to WAS is the fastest. The bus operated by Greyhound running from Philadelphia to Washington is the most convenient.

It's important to check each mode when booking your ticket so that you can find the best method for you. The cost of each type varies differently, so be sure to use Faretrotter to keep an eye out!

Do you recommend the bus or the train between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.?

There is only one bus company, Greyhound, with routes running from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.. One train provider, Amtrak, runs trains from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.. Because the by car is quickest, we recommend taking the by car.

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Bus from Philadelphia to Washington from $14 with Greyhound

Bus
Philadelphia to Washington
$14
3h 30min
Philadelphia
3h 30min · Bus
Washington

Train from PHL Philadelphia to WAS Washington from $24 with Amtrak

Train
PHL to WAS
$24
2h 23min
  • Amtrak $25
    Train · 1 stop 2h 26min
    PHN
    2h 26min · Train Silver Service / Palmetto
    WAS
  • Amtrak $24
    Train · 1 stop 2h 23min
    PHL
    2h 23min · Train Cardinal
    WAS

Flight from PHL Philadelphia to DCA Washington from $126 with jetBlue, Alaska Airlines

Flight
PHL to DCA
$126
3h 30min
  • jetBlue flight to DCA
    jetBlue
    From $125
  • Alaska Airlines flight to DCA
    Alaska Airlines
    From $2,169

Bus from Philadelphia to Silver Spring from $14 with Greyhound

Bus
Philadelphia to Silver Spring
$14
4h 15min
Philadelphia
4h 15min · Bus
Silver Spring

Flight from PHL Philadelphia to IAD Washington from $251 with jetBlue

Flight
PHL to IAD
$251
5h 7min
PHL
5h 7min · Flight
IAD

Bus from Philadelphia to College Park from $22 with Greyhound

Bus
Philadelphia to College Park
$22
4h 0min
Philadelphia
4h 0min · Bus
College Park

Train from PHL Philadelphia to ALX Alexandria from $26 with Amtrak

Train
PHL to ALX
$26
2h 30min
PHL
2h 30min · Train Piedmont
ALX
Flight
TTN to DCA
$233
5h 3min
TTN
5h 3min · Flight
DCA
Bus
Philadelphia to New Carrollton
$32
4h 30min
Philadelphia
4h 30min · Bus
New Carrollton
Train
ARD to WAS
$71
6h 40min
ARD
1h 57min · Train Pennsylvanian
NYP
4h 42min · Train Silver Star
WAS
Flight
ILG to DCA
$224
4h 54min
ILG
4h 54min · Flight
DCA
Drive
Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.
$13
3h 5min
Philadelphia
3h 5min · Drive
Washington, D.C.