Access To Markets & Transportation - EDC of Lancaster County

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Access to Markets & Transportation

Centrally Located in New York – Washington, D.C. Corridor

Easily connect to your customers, prospects and suppliers when you locate your business in Lancaster County. Consider this – Lancaster County is:

  • Centrally located in the New York-Washington, D.C. corridor
  • Within 500 miles of more than 40% of U.S. population
  • Within 500 miles of more than 60% of Canadian population

Located in a prime distribution corridor, with access to millions of American and Canadian customers, Lancaster County has transportation options by air, land and rail. Learn more about the various modes businesses in Lancaster County use to reach their customers.


Lancaster County’s highways include:

  • Pennsylvania Turnpike (or Interstate 76)
  • US Route 30 (or the Lincoln Highway)
  • US Route 222
  • US Route 283

Rail Options

The principal freight operator in the county is Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). The NS main line follows the Susquehanna River. In addition, several short lines also operate as freight railroads in the county. Passenger rail service in Lancaster County is provided by Amtrak.

International Airports

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Philadelphia International Airport is a 90-minute drive from Lancaster County, PA. Thirty airlines offer 600+ daily departures from PHL to 124 cities, including 38 international destinations. Commercial airlines and cargo carriers move almost 390,000 tons of cargo and mail annually.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Just a 90-minute drive from PA Dutch Country, BWI operates 638 scheduled domestic passenger flights and 24 nonstop international flights on a daily basis. Additionally, an average of 10 cargo flights operate out of BWI every day, moving more than 12,000 tons of freight and mail each year.

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
Harrisburg International Airport is within a 30-minute Amtrak ride or 45-minute drive of Lancaster County. Seven airlines serve 15 non-stop destinations, including Toronto, Chicago O’Hare, Denver and Orlando, FL.

Dulles International Airport
Dulles International Airport is two hour and 20-minute drive from Lancaster County and operates 135 airline gates to 81 nonstop U.S. destinations, and 48 nonstop international destinations.

Lancaster Airport
The Lancaster Airport Authority owns Lancaster Airport (LNS). One commercial airline (subsidized by the Essential Air Service program) and one charter airline serve the airport. The Lancaster Airport, built by the citizens of Lancaster County in 1935, is the fourth busiest airport in the State. It is home to 24 businesses that employ over 230 people on-site. LNS Alliance Aviation is the full-service FBO and provides hotel accommodations, rental cars, catering and general information about the airport, its services and facilities.