Happy Easter and Tax day to everyone.
This summer I will be in DC for a week or so. And to make that time productive, other than playing with my brother's dog, I am going to be doing some grad school hunting. So I figured I should take the train up to Philly and check out some of the schools up there.
Now none of this is set in stone but I'd be leaving from Alexandria or Washington Union Station and going to 30th Street Station in Philly. I want to know what type of service to expect... on the Northeast Direct trains in coach and business, Acela Regional and Express in coach (on regional only) and business, and Metroliner in business (no coach on metroliner either). I'd want to be up in Philly by 10am or so, and leave around 5 or 6pm. So depending on when exactly I would leave I'd have my choice of all three services. Prices range from about $85 on Northeast Direct Coach to nearly $200 in business on Acela Express. What should I pick, bearing in mind money does matter, but so does time.
BTW... I priced a one day trip in July between DCA and PHL and it cost $525 on USAirways... the train is the way to go!
Thanks for your help.