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Boston to Philadelphia drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Boston to Philadelphia road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Boston to Philadelphia. If you're planning a road trip to Philadelphia, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Boston
drive for about 52 minutes

10:52 am  Worcester
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:52 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:54 pm  Hartford
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:54 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

2:37 pm  New Haven
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:37 pm
drive for about 47 minutes

4:23 pm  Stamford (Connecticut)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Stamford (Connecticut)
drive for about 59 minutes

10:59 am  New York City
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 2:59 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:16 pm  Princeton (New Jersey)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:16 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

6:14 pm  arrive in Philadelphia
eat at Reading Terminal Market
stay at Loews Hotel Philadelphia

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours
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Boston to Philadelphia questions

profile  Kate asked:
one day drive with kids  (3 answers)

profile  Karen asked:
Road trip in two days not stopping in New York or New Jersey  (1 answer)


Where should I stop along the way?

Worcester

Hartford  (13 answers)
    The Mark Twain House & Museum  (4 mentions)
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    questions about Hartford:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Hartford?

New Haven  (8 answers)
    restaurants around New Haven:
        Modern Apizza
        Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
        Goodfellas Restaurant
    questions about New Haven:
        What's the best neighborhood in New Haven for a first time visitor?
        Let's get serious about Pizza..... Sally's? Pepes? or Modern?

Stamford (Connecticut)  (3 answers)
    questions about Stamford (Connecticut):
        Healthy grocery store near Stamford Marriott?

New York City  (622 answers)
    Central Park  (149 mentions)
    High Line Park  (110 mentions)
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (85 mentions)
    Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
    Times Square  (59 mentions)
    restaurants around New York City:
        Katz's Delicatessen
        Shake Shack
        Lombardi's Pizza
        Balthazar Restaurant
        Eataly
    questions about New York City:
        Where do the cool kids stay in NYC these days?
        Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?
        48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!
        free or cheap things to do in NYC
        What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?

Princeton (New Jersey)  (8 answers)
    restaurants around Princeton (New Jersey):
        Nassau Inn
    questions about Princeton (New Jersey):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Princeton (New Jersey)?
        What's the best neighborhood in Princeton (New Jersey) for a first time visitor?


Where's the best place to stay in Philadelphia?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Philadelphia.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Loews Hotel Philadelphia, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Philadelphia? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Philadelphia?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Reading Terminal Market, which was mentioned 24 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Jim's Steaks  (20 mentions)
Pat's King of Steaks  (11 mentions)
Geno's Steaks  (8 mentions)
Zahav  (6 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Philadelphia? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Philadelphia?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

The Liberty Bell  (12 mentions)
Independence Mall  (7 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Philadelphia. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?  (22 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
What is there to do in Philly besides eat cheese steaks?  (14 answers)

profile  Scott from Chicago asked:
Pat's or Geno's: Which has the better cheesesteak?  (13 answers)

profile  Sharon from West Los Angeles asked:
Anybody know of great gems in the city I can dine at during my stay?  (9 answers)

profile  teri from Atlanta asked:
Eating out on a budget.  (9 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Philadelphia.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Philadelphia to Boston drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Boston? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Boston.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Boston to Philadelphia. Or get a full Boston to Philadelphia flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Boston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Boston!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 308 miles
driving time of 5 hours
226 Boston travel answers
1 Worcester travel answer
13 Hartford travel answers
8 New Haven travel answers
3 Stamford (Connecticut) travel answers
622 New York City travel answers
8 Princeton (New Jersey) travel answers
122 Philadelphia travel answers





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