Keystone Service vs Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Keystone Service and Northeast Regional routes are predominantly used as regional commuter trains in the Northeast United States. Both also travel between Philadelphia and New York City — but that’s where the commonalities end. Keystone Service primarily travels east and west, connecting cities in Pennsylvania with New Jersey and New York City. On the other hand, the Northeast Regional travels north and south along the East Coast from Boston to Norfolk, Virginia.

To learn more about the differences between the Keystone Service and Northeast Regional, see the table below. Note that only the Northeast Regional has a business class car, so if you have a choice between the two routes and want the amenities that come with business class, choose the Northeast Regional.

Keystone ServiceNortheast Regional
Route Length350+ miles~700 miles
FrequencyMultiple trains per dayMultiple trains per day
Ticket OptionsCoachBusiness and coach
Quiet CarYes Yes
Sleeper CarNoYes (when staff available)
Sightseer LoungeNoNo
Dining OptionsCafé Café
States on the RouteNY, NJ, PAMA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA
End-of-the-Line StationsNew York City and HarrisburgBoston and Norfolk

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