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 Service||Northeast Regional|
|Route Length||350+ miles||~700 miles|
|Frequency||Multiple trains per day||Multiple trains per day|
|Ticket Options||Coach||Business and coach|
|Sleeper Car||No||Yes (when staff available)|
|States on the Route||NY, NJ, PA||MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA|
|End-of-the-Line Stations||New York City and Harrisburg||Boston and Norfolk|
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