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All the Places You Can Visit from New York for Less Than $20

Cheap bus and train travel from New York.

While there are endless things to do and see in NYC, we get that sometimes you just need a break to discover other fun destinations. And there’s plenty of those within reach of the Big Apple.

We searched through the Wanderu system and found that you can travel by bus or train from New York to 17 exciting destinations for less than $20! You can score cheap tickets to cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

You can also head over to Boston for a New England-themed weekend getaway. For some much-needed inspiration, we went ahead and put together a guide of things to do in Boston so you can just get there and get cracking.

Looking for other destinations to visit? Try our Explore search tool to find destinations from New York based on your budget.

District of Columbia

Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
New York to Washington, DC $15.65


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
New York to Wilmington $16.33


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
New York to Boston $17.74
New York to Springfield $7.43

New Jersey


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
New York to Philadelphia $9.87

What is Cheapest Average Price?

The cheapest average price is the average amount of all of the cheapest bus or train fares available on Wanderu for a certain route over a 30-day period.

Bus and train carriers utilize what is known as dynamic pricing to determine ticket prices. That means that when a specific trip goes on sale (usually within four to six weeks prior to the trip date), tickets for that particular bus or train start at a certain low price and then get more expensive the more tickets are sold for that trip.

The cheapest average price may vary according to availability and carrier changes.

How to score the $1 deals

For certain routes, some bus carriers offer a starting ticket price of $1. That’s usually the price for the first couple of bookings for a bus that was just released for sale. Therefore, the earlier you book your trip, the higher chance you have of scoring a $1 deal.

However, if a bus sells out and the carrier decides to add another bus for the same date and time to meet the high demand, then the pricing cycle is reset, giving you the chance to score a $1 ticket at the last minute.

At Wanderu, we always bring you the best available deals out there and we’ve got even more tips to help you score really cheap bus tickets.

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About the author
Staffo Dobrev

Staffo Dobrev

Having lived in some of the greatest cities in the world, Staffo has always had a soft spot for travel and adventures. Instead of hitting the usual tourist attractions, though, Staffo prefers to make friends with local people and check out fun places and activities that are not in the travel books.

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