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All the Places You Can Visit from Washington, D.C. for Less Than $20

Cheap bus and train travel from Washington, DC.

There are 24 exciting destinations to visit from Washington, D.C. which means that, for less than $20, you can travel to eight different states!

Some of the most exciting destinations from D.C. include New York, Durham, and Philadelphia. The latter would be the perfect choice for a weekend trip of art, culture, and breathtaking historic monuments.

If none of these locations call out to you, try our Explore search tool to find the cheapest bus tickets from Washington, DC to a fun destination based on your budget.


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Washington, D.C. to Wilmington $18.75

New York

Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Washington, D.C. to New York $15.29

North Carolina

Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Washington, D.C. to Durham $15.53
Washington, D.C. to Fayetteville $14.05


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia $15.27

West Virginia

Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Washington, D.C. to Harpers Ferry $11.56
Washington, D.C. to Martinsburg $14.67

What is Cheapest Average Price?

The cheapest average price is the average amount of all of the cheapest bus or train pricess 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
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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