New York Philadelphia in 1 day: how to organize a tour

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The daily stage New York Philadelphia is a classic of East Coast tours: perhaps it will not be the most comfortable type of excursion to fully enjoy the beauties of Philly (the "city of brotherly love" would take at least 2-3 days), but the scales are on the plate of advantages thesmall distance between the two cities, as well as obviously the tempting opportunity to visit two important pieces of American history in such a short time.


In this article we want to try to exhaust all the most frequently asked questions of those who find themselves having to organize a tour from New York to Philadelphia in one day: what are the best means of transport to tackle the excursion? How much do you spend on average? And finally, perhaps the most useful question: objectively, can you see something of the city by organizing a tour independently or should you rely on an organized tour?


The first tool you can consider is our Philadelphia guide, where you will find some articles that briefly tell you what are the things not to miss in the city: the attractions of Independence National Historical Park, the Philadelphia Zoo and much more. But let's go in order: the organization of the visit is the last step. First you need to undo some knots: how to organize a tour New York-Philadelphia in the day?

Index

  • New York Philadelphia in 1 day: how to get around?
    • New York Philadelphia by car: pros and cons
    • New York Philadelphia by bus: pros and cons
    • New York Philadelphia by train: pros and cons
  • New York Philadelphia in one day: organized tours
    • Organized tour from New York to Philadelphia by train
    • Organized tour from New York to Philadelphia by coach with a visit to Amish County
    • Organized tour from New York to Philadelphia by private car with a visit to the Amish County

New York Philadelphia in 1 day: how to get around?

Here are the various possibilities:



New York Philadelphia by car: pros and cons

The relatively short distance that runs between New York and Philadelphia - a hundred miles for about a 2-hour drive with no traffic - will have some of you thinking about renting a car and using it for the whole day. Indeed, among the one-day excursions from New York (Boston, Washington ...), the one for Philadelphia it is the one that requires the least time to move, which would seem to be a favorable data for the choice of the car. However, once again, the advice is to avoid it: why?

Philadelphia is neither more nor less than a metropolis, the fifth largest city by population in the entire United States: would it ever occur to you to venture into the center of New York by car? Consider that move to Philadelphia by car it is more or less the same thing: in some cases, for drivers with less nerve, it could be a delusion to orientate themselves or simply find a parking space.

Other than that, don't forget the notoriously expensive car rental rates in Manhattan and the variable traffic in and out of New York and Philadelphia itself, stuff to lose all the hours you think you have saved by renting a car: the risk of having to visit the city in a hurry is around the corner.

New York Philadelphia by bus: pros and cons

The same can be said for the bus, with the difference that, in this case, it can drop significantly expenditure and the problem of having to be eliminated manage the vehicle in the city. These two advantages make traveling from New York to Philadelphia by bus one of the most popular solutions for tourists. The most used companies are:



  • G: around 17 trips a day, prices starting from $ 16. Departure from Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th Ave);
  • Megabus: about 15 trips a day, prices starting from about $ 14. Departure from 34th Street (between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue). Info and timetables on the official website.

Both depart not far from Penn Station and take no less than 2 hours to get to Philadelphia, in the station area, not far from major attractions. The disadvantages of this type of movement, however, are not to be underestimated: above all the unknown remains - traffic in and out of the two cities, especially on holidays; the burden of having to visit the city in full fury, with the terror of missing the race that will take us back to New York in time; It is also good to remember that, although the companies we have reported to you offer an excellent quality service, the trip can be uncomfortable and not free from inconveniences.

New York Philadelphia by train: pros and cons

Take a train to move from New York to Philadelphia is a solution that should not be underestimated, because it offers an important advantage in terms of saving time. The main trains leaving from Penn Station are:

  • Northeast Regional
  • That Express

It's also okay if you find one of these trains, always departing from Penn Station:


  • Palmetto
  • Carolinian
  • Keystone Service
  • Pennsylvanian
  • Vermonter

The fastest trains are the That Express, which takes just about 1.15 h to cover the distance from New York to Philadelphia. The price, however, may not be cheap: it ranges from approximately $ 99 to $ 180 per person for one way.


If you intend to use the train saving something without wasting too much time on the car seat, you can safely choose the Northeast Regional: this train runs approximately every hour, and takes only ten more minutes compared to Acela. If you move in time, you can also book the Northeast Regional for 28 $ (only on the website), otherwise you will spend around 55 to 107 $ per person for one way.

New York Philadelphia in one day: organized tours

Another idea to visit Philadelphia in one day from New York is to rely on the organized tours, a solution that allows you to enjoy the excursion without worries. There are various types - by train, by bus, by private car - and each offers some advantages that an independent tour does not provide: one of these concerns the possibility of reaching the Lancaster County, where the religious community of Pennsylvania Amish, who live in the countryside of Pennsylvania in strict observance of a rigid anti-modern tradition (another community we have described is that of Shipshewana, Indiana).

This option is exclusive right: a detour like this is really difficult if you move with your own means, also because the Amish remain on their farms, and certainly will not wait for you in the center of Lancaster.

 

Organized tour from New York to Philadelphia by train

Start point: Penn Station (NY)

Duration: 16 hours

What is included:

  • return train tickets
  • ticket for the hop-on hop-off tour with guided tour
  • two-course lunch at Hard Rock Cafe (with option of vegetarian menu)

Click here for more detailed information

Organized tour from New York to Philadelphia by coach with a visit to Amish County

Start point: Gray Line Visitor Center (777 8th Ave, NY)

Duration: 13 hours

What is included:

  • travel by bus
  • guided tour of Philadelphia (available in Spanish)
  • guided tour a Lancaster County discovering the Amish culture
  • horse-drawn carriage ride to Lancaster

Click here for more detailed information

Organized tour from New York to Philadelphia by private car with a visit to the Amish County

Start point: at the client's choice (tour valid for up to 5 people, recommended for families)

Duration: 15 hours

What is included:

  • hotel pick-up
  • transfer by private car
  • personalized guided tour a Philadelphia
  • personalized guided tour a Lancaster County discovering the Amish culture
  • return to the hotel

Click here for more detailed information

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