Traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lancaster is the eighth largest city in Pennsylvania and was the nation’s capital for one day on September 27, 1777, after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. We hope this travel information will make your trip to Lancaster more pleasant than that of our revolutionaries.
From the west, via the Turnpike/I76
Take exit 247 Harrisburg East & follow 283 East to Lancaster
From the east, via the Turnpike/I76
Take exit 286 Reading & turn left on 222 South to Lancaster
From the south, via I83
Take exit 19 for PA-462/Market St & turn right onto 30 East to Lancaster
By public transit
Lancaster has an Amtrak station, LNC.
Ten of the Red Rose Transit bus routes extend outside city limits into surrounding towns.
The closest comfortable airport is Harrisburg (MDT), but you’ll still likely need to catch a connecting flight at a larger regional airport. Connections from Washington, DC (IAD) are about 20 minutes wheels up to wheels down.
Philadelphia (PHL) and Baltimore (BWI) are both about 90 minutes away.
Lancaster Airport (LNS) has daily service from Pittsburgh (PIT) and Baltimore (BWI), but these flights are on small propeller planes that frighten casual fliers even though ear plugs are usually provided.
You can’t really take a boat directly here. If you must take a boat, try to dock in Baltimore, then take a Penn Station Amtrak train to LNC station in Lancaster.
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