Ticket to Ride

Whether you are someone who enjoys day trips or long weekends to new places or COVID has you wanting to move out of the city~full time train transportation in Lancaster County will provide you with your needs and assurance that you can travel to your destination. Located just about a mile from Downtown Lancaster!

Lancaster Train Station opened in 1929 as a Pennsylvania Railroad station but is now an Amtrak station, located at 53 McGovern Avenue, Lancaster PA 17602. This train station provides transportation to Philadelphia and Harrisburg through this connection individuals can continue their travel to New York City or Pittsburgh! There are trains to meet your schedule from Lancaster to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City and beyond. The average trip from Lancaster to Philadelphia is 1 hour 13 minutes so sit back, read your emails, or just relax before your day in the office or adventures in Philly.

The Lancaster Station  once was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad which began in 1857 but the current building was not created until 1929. Built of beautiful red brick the station is a piece of history with high ceilings, marble, skylights for beautiful natural lighting, and full of antique wooden benches it is a part of the National Register of Historic Places, a true piece of history. The station is smaller and easy to navigate with two train platforms. There are information and ticket booths located within the station for your convenience with questions, ticket purchases and more.  If in Lancaster Train Station be sure to look for 6 gorgeous vintage style clocks, gifts from a Lancaster based jeweler~Brent L. Miller, truly remarkable!

Having just two train tracks Lancaster Train Station is easy to navigate and ensure getting to your proper destination. Track one takes you East towards New York or Philadelphia while Track two takes you out West towards Harrisburg or Pittsburgh.

The train station was completely refurbished in June 2009 which was put on through Amtrak and Lancaster County. The waiting area, ticket booths, landscape and parking lot are just a few of the improvements from this effort. In 2012 the interior was restored: the waiting area of benches, walls, paintings, windows, and the accessibility was also refurbished.

Do you live in Lancaster County and are looking to take the train for a day trip or a long weekend? Here are a few of my favorite places to go always easy by train:

  • Philadelphia-For a great dinner or any of their seasonal pop-ups like ice skating at the Christmas Market, the Flower Show or Lantern Festival!
  • New York City- The best place to experience your first Broadway show or the holiday lights in December and enjoy a weekend walking the highline or shopping in the fashion district! 
  • Pittsburgh-Holds some of the best places to take in great food and artwork galore!
  • Baltimore-Full of wonderful shopping, a beautiful harbor and wonderful restaurants!
  • Washington D.C.- A wonderful opportunity to visit museums and national monuments!

Before buying your train ticket be sure to check out Amtrak’s website to buy your ticket ahead of time or get a discount. Amtrak ensures a quality ride at a great cost; children 2-12 get 50% off, senior citizens get 10% off their tickets, Military Personnel and families get 10% off, Military Veterans get 10% off and more. It is important for you to take a few extra minutes to save a few extra dollars. If you are taking a trip with a group of 20 or more of your close family or friends there is also a group discount where you also have the ability to make a reservation request, truly being able to enjoy the journey all together!

The Lancaster Train Station is open at 5:00am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays where it closes at 11:59pm. Weekend hours are Saturday and Sunday opening at 7:15am and closing at 11:15pm.

Whether you’re packing up a backpack for a day of fun in New York City or riding along the tracks on a commute home from your Philadelphia work commute, you will be sure to see roaring landscapes and enjoy the peaceful commute to and from Lancaster County full of rolling hills and countrysides. Truly a breath of fresh air! When you return to Lancaster  you can enjoy a walk in a park or by the river, visit your favorite restaurant in downtown Lancaster or check out one of the local farmers markets. The peace felt within Lancaster County is magnificent!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that can provide you the commute you desire, you will love it here!


For more information on wonderful homes within Lancaster County like 115 Market Street, Bainbridge PA call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com

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Mary Sue Wolf

Mary Sue Wolf, real estate agent in the Lancaster and Lititz PA area. Mary Sue is a long time resident and knows the Lancaster area very well. #lancasterbestkeptsecrets are the insider tips to local dining, things to do and local information. #wolfdenrealtor

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