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Amtrak Pennsylvanian Route Guide

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The Amtrak Pennsylvanian will take you from New York to Pittsburgh via Philadelphia. This train route will travel across the Appalachian Mountains and through the Pennsylvania state capital, Harrisburg.

You can also take this train going in the reverse direction.

Train Info

WifiYes
Observation Car No
Dining CarNo
CafeYes
Distance444 Miles
Time9 Hours

Ticket Options

On the Pennsylvanian you can purchase tickets in these categories (sample summer fares for 2 people shown):

  • Coach ($65)
  • Business ($72)

Scenic Views

The Pennsylvanian is a great route between New York City and Pittsburgh via Philadelphia. This train will take you across the Appalachian Mountains into Pennsylvania Dutch Country into suburban and central Philadelphia as you coast past New Jersey and into the Big Apple.

Philadelphia Skyline
Philadelphia Skyline

Major Stations

The major and notable stations on the Amtrak Pennsylvanian are New York, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

States Visited

The Amtrak Pennsylvanian travels into a couple of states as you start out in New York then New Jersey and then you spend the rest of your journey in Pennsylvania.

Station Reviews

The Pennsylvanian has terminus stations of New York on one end and Pittsburgh via Philadelphia on the other. New York’s Penn Station is a site to behold. You’ll want to arrive early to navigate this massive building and take some time to look around as you make your way to Moynihan Train Hall. Full service is offered at this station and there are many restaurants to choose from. Pittsburgh Union Station does not have as much to offer, but it is a staffed station with luggage check.

Both stations offer free checked baggage, up to 2 bags per person of 50lbs.

Amtrak Baggage Allowance
Baggage Rules
Moynihan Train Hall – New York City

You will board your Amtrak train in Moynihan Trail Hall in New York. It’s a gorgeous hall with 92 ft high skylights and modern amenities. It is a world class station. You will find restaurants as well as convenience stores.

There are lots of options for hotels near this station. The closest option is the Fairfield Inn & Suites Penn Station.

Pittsburgh Union Station

Pittsburgh Union Station is located in the Golden Triangle. Although the station is not massive like at Penn Station, you will have easy access to major attractions like The Point, a convention center, sports complex and the Strip Market district.

There are several places to stay near this station. Among our recommendations are the AC Hotel Downtown Pittsburgh and the Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. Both are within walking distance of the station.

Trip Planning

The Pennsylvanian can be paired with several other trains for a longer vacation. From New York City you could ride the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago or you could choose to go north on the Adirondack to Montreal.

Booking Tickets

Tickets for Amtrak can be booked at Amtrak.com or by using their app on your phone. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Allie Marmion
Allie is married to Rob and has been traveling with him across the world for the last two years. She is an accomplished personal trainer, speaker and author.