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In 2020, 216,000 New York City residents moved out of NYC.¹

Do people commute from Philly to NYC? Yes, people certainly do that.

Even with travel, one can still save almost $30,000 a year by living in Philadelphia.

To ease the commute, one could consider living near a major Amtrak Station (30th Street Station, Ardmore Station, Trenton Station) -OR- New Jersey Transit Station (such as Trenton Station or Hamilton Station).

Technically of the stations listed above, only 30th Street Station is located in Philadelphia proper, but the other stations are in near-by areas.

Due to cost of living and the advent of flexible work schedules, more people are commuting from Philadelphia to New York.

Keep reading for a list of options on how to do the commute, and the related approximate costs.

Do People Commute from Philly to NYC?

Yes. Commuting from Philly to NYC is increasing in popularity and has several options, depending on budget and preferred mode of transportation. We cover virtually all options in this guide.

How to Commute from Philadelphia to New York?

Option 1 – Amtrak

This is the most expensive option but perhaps the most comfortable. Take the Amtrak from 30th Street Station (at 30th and JFK – in Center City Philadelphia) or Ardmore Station (good option but can be pricier) if you are coming from Northwest Philly or a nearby Main Line suburb.  Live near Yardley or Northeast Philadelphia? You can also take the Amtrak from Trenton Station or Princeton Junction.

TRAVEL TIME: ~1 hour from Trenton + travel time

MONTHLY PRICE: ~$768/month from Trenton Station. or $307 for 10-ride ticket (subject to changes).   **

Option 2 – New Jersey Transit 

This is significantly more affordable than Amtrak, but perhaps less luxurious. It’s simple to do. You can drive to New Jersey – take NJ Transit train from either Trenton, Hamilton, or Princeton stop.

TRAVEL TIME:  ~1 hour 10 minutes from Trenton + travel time

MONTLHY PRICE: ~$475/month unlimited pass (subject to changes). **

Option 3 – Bus Routes

This is the cheapest option where you take a bus straight to NYC. Your options include the Bolt Bus, Greyhound or Megabus. These services usually have convenient schedules at the lowest fares.

TRAVEL TIME: ~2 hours on Megabus from Center City + travel time

MONTHLY PRICE: Contact companies for options

How Much Can I Save By Living in Philly vs New York?

The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Chelsea, a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan, is $4,921 per month. In comparison, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Rittenhouse, a neighborhood in Philly’s Center City, is $2,086 per month.

In this scenario, one can save over $34,000 a year by choosing to live in a 1-bedroom apartment in Philly instead of NYC. If you choose to live in a more affordable area of Philly, you can easily get a 1-bedroom for about $1,500 per month – translating to savings of over $40,000 a year.

Even with travel (monthly NJ Transit rail pass of currently ~$5,700 per year), you can still save over $28,000+ a year by living in Philadelphia in a 1 Bedroom ². The cost savings can be even greater for a 2-bedroom.

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Where in Philly to Live to Commute to NYC?

There are several factors to consider when picking a Philadelphia Neighborhood, but if you want to minimize your commute time (and be near the trains), University City (or anywhere near 30th Street Station), Northeast Philadelphia or Northwest Philadelphia areas of Philly are best. Compare the travel route you want to take and decide accordingly.

What else makes Philadelphia so great?

Quaint Original character (many streets are cobblestones in Old city), year-round festivals, cultural sites, amazing greenery, tree-lined streets, history, parks, foodie town, and more are among the reasons people love living in Philadelphia. Everyone’s situation is different. You’ll need to decide what’s best for you.

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(1) NBC Philadelphia and U.S. Census Bureau Study
(2) This was based on a monthly adult pass of $480 or $5,760 per year based on November 2021 pricing. NJ New Jersey transit train pricing is subject to change.

**Check with respective company to verify pricing. Subject to constant changes based on demand, seasonality, and more. These are estimates only.  Fees are higher depending on starting and ending destination.

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