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Washington DC to Newark bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$46.55
Fastest time4h 10m
Trips per day5
Bus lines1

Washington DC to Newark Route Map

Washington Newark

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a direct bus from DC to Newark?

Yes, there are 14 daily routes between Washington, DC and Newark split between 3 bus companies: BoltBus, Greyhound and OurBus. Of those routes, 7 are direct, with no transfers necessary. The earliest departure time is at 2:00 a.m. EDT, and the latest departure time of the day is around 11:00 p.m. EDT. Bus rides from DC to Newark typically take between 4 and 6 hours depending on traffic and weather.

What is the best way to get from Washington, DC to Newark?

The best way to travel to Newark from DC is by bus. Although a flight would get you there in the quickest time, direct flights from DC to Newark start at $100 and increase from there. Alternatively, you could travel about 3 hours by train, but the average train ticket for this route costs around $112. Traveling by bus will take a bit longer but you will save a tremendous amount of money. Bus tickets for this route average just $14.

How do you get from Washington, DC to the Newark airport?

An easy, fast and simple way to get to Newark Liberty International Airport is by taking a bus to Newark from DC, then jumping on AirTrain Newark. This train operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is an easy connection from Newark Penn Station or NJ Transit. Many buses on this route drop off passengers directly at Newark Penn Station, which makes for an easy transfer — AirTrain tickets can be purchased directly at Newark Penn Station.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Washington to Newark right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Washington DC to Newark?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $46.55 was the low point for bus fares from Washington to Newark. Buses from Newark to Washington DC are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $46.55 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 10 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $8.03 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 1 minute to cover the 198 miles (318 kilometers) from Washington, DC to Newark, NJ. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 10 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Newark, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Newark every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Newark; ticket prices start at $49.06.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Newark?

There is one bus company that operates from Washington DC to Newark. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound56h 1m$48.94

Book Greyhound from Washington to Newark from $47. There are 5 Greyhound schedules from Washington to Newark and you can expect on average to pay $49 for a Greyhound ticket to Newark. In Washington, Greyhound departs to Newark from Union Station and no other station. In Newark, Greyhound arrives at Penn Station and no other station. An average trip on Greyhound from Washington to Newark takes 6 hours and 1 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Newark in 4 hours and 10 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 5 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Newark.

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

Most buses depart from the main station in Washington, District of Columbia:

  • Union Station

Where does the bus arrive in Newark?

All buses from Washington DC arrive at one main station in Newark, New Jersey:

  • Penn Station

Price trends for buses from Washington DC to Newark

Average prices by travel date

$57$38$19FebMar

Monthly average prices

$63$50$38$25$13MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

$63$50$38$25$133020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington, DC to Newark, NJ

(Based on 44 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Kossi

March 9, 2020 - Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: Wow. Thks to the driver . So nice. Very good. All the compliments belong to him. Cons: Wanderu is my best website. Thks for assistant Your team is the best. Tips: Wow. Pros: Wow. Thks to the driver . So nice. Very good. All the compliments belong to him. Cons: Wanderu is my best website. Thks for assistant Your team is the best. Tips: Wow.

5.0

Suraksha

March 7, 2020 - Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Less stress. Cons: Electrical units in the bus. Tips: To cover their mouth during caughing. Pros: Less stress. Cons: Electrical units in the bus. Tips: To cover their mouth during caughing.

5.0

Diane

February 23, 2020 - Visiting friends

BoltBus

Pros: The bus driver was very very friendly and she let me and friends on to the bus even though we were a little bit late! Cons: Just cleanliness of the bus. Pros: The bus driver was very very friendly and she let me and friends on to the bus even though we were a little bit late! Cons: Just cleanliness of the bus.

5.0

Carla

February 21, 2020 - Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: OurBus is Reliable, Drivers are Courteous and schedules and rates are EXCELLENT!! Cons: No improvements needed at this time. Tips: Be on time for your scheduled trip...the bus leaves ON-TIME. Pros: OurBus is Reliable, Drivers are Courteous and schedules and rates are EXCELLENT!! Cons: No improvements needed at this time. Tips: Be on time for your scheduled trip...the bus leaves ON-TIME.

5.0

Sandra N.

February 9, 2020 - Visiting family

OurBus

The price, cleanness Nd ffiendle safe. Rajoy my trip.The price, cleanness Nd ffiendle safe. Rajoy my trip.

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