I am going to the US for the first time to attend an event in Atlanta. I have a friend whom i'd like to visit as well but she lives in Philadelphia.

Given my very limited knowledge of US travelling, i'd like to ask you guys advise on how to get there on a budget.

I've checked on flights and they aren't precisely cheap, at least on my limited budget. (I'd prefer anything below 150 USD)

Are there any trains i can ride between those cities? Any bus routes?

EDIT It is a one way trip, I would take a plane back home from Philadelphia

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    Is your budget for one-way or round-trip? I don't think you will find a round-trip for anywhere near $150. Those cities are over 1000 km apart, after all. – Nate Eldredge Sep 11 '14 at 4:53
  • @NateElredge It is a one way trip – Machinarius Sep 11 '14 at 10:25
  • @NateEldredge Sure you would. Try Megabus. Round Trip about $140 – Karlson Sep 11 '14 at 13:29

Rome2Rio says the only sane option is to the fly, and has direct tickets from $140.

A bus would take at least 13 hours, with trains clocking in at 17+ hours, with very limited service (once a day or less).

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    For long distance trains in the US, one train a day isn't "limited service" but "the best you could hope for, you're lucky there's a train at all". :-) – Nate Eldredge Sep 11 '14 at 4:47

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