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

Cheap bus and train travel from Philadelphia.

We searched through all the trips out of Philadelphia that are available on Wanderu and found 35 exciting destinations you can reach by bus or train for less than $20!

When you’re in desperate need of a vacation out of Philly but still want to stick to a budget, there are cheap bus and train tickets to places with plenty of things to do like Atlantic City, Washington, DC, and New York.

In case you do decide to head to the Big Apple for a weekend trip (or a longer getaway), we went ahead and found every park and museum you can visit in NYC for free. As you can see below, if you plan ahead you can even get there for as low as $1. Talk about serious savings!

If you’re not interested in visiting the listed cities, you can still check out our Explore search tool to find the best travel deals out of Philadelphia based on your budget.

District of Columbia

Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Philadelphia to Washington, DC $11.93


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Philadelphia to Dover $20.00
Philadelphia to Wilmington $12.40

New York

Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Philadelphia to New York $9.73


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Philadelphia to Springfield $18.00

What is Cheapest Average Price?

The cheapest average price is the average amount of all of the cheapest bus or train prices 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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Jill Schwartz

Jill Schwartz

Jillian has lived in Massachusetts her whole life, but that doesn’t stop her from traveling to other parts of the world. While her most exciting memories have been in France and Belize, her favorite place to go is anywhere with a beach!

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