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Journey Information

There are 4 daily buses from Washington DC to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia usually takes around 4 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance123 mi (198 km)
Shortest duration3h 20m
Cheapest price$33.87
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 82 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Venessa

February 17, 2021 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The driver was very good. Cons: The bus was not sprayed or wiped after passengers disembarked and as such we were quite concerned. The vehicle should be sanitized after. Tips: Ensure you walk with your own wipes for your seat and place around you for your sake a... Pros: The driver was very good. Cons: The bus was not sprayed or wiped after passengers disembarked and as such we were quite concerned. The vehicle should be sanitized after. Tips: Ensure you walk with your own wipes for your seat and place around you for your sake and others.More

4.0

Guglielmo

March 6, 2020 - Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Comfort, quiet, good book to readComfort, quiet, good book to read

4.0

Jordan

February 28, 2020 - Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Easy to just relax and less stressful than driving. Cons: Cleaning, trash was often left from the past rides and spilled drinks on the floor. Tips: Bring something to do, you never know what traffic will be like! Might as well enjoy a podcast or book. Pros: Easy to just relax and less stressful than driving. Cons: Cleaning, trash was often left from the past rides and spilled drinks on the floor. Tips: Bring something to do, you never know what traffic will be like! Might as well enjoy a podcast or book.

4.0

Maria

February 23, 2020 - Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The seat was comfortable and the driver was on time. Cons: There was no possibility to buy snacks at any of the pick-up locations. Tips: Get snacks beforehand. Pros: The seat was comfortable and the driver was on time. Cons: There was no possibility to buy snacks at any of the pick-up locations. Tips: Get snacks beforehand.

5.0

Gayle

February 22, 2020 - Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Very easy to book on all modes through wanderu. Very easy to book on all modes through wanderu.

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

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

The average bus ticket price from Washington DC to Philadelphia is $34.12. That price is based on the daily average cost for all bus trips from Washington DC to Philadelphia in the last 30 days. Any tickets cheaper than $34.12 can be considered a great deal. You are very likely to find a bus ticket at this price or lower if you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$38$25$13AprMay

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of Washington DC to Philadelphia bus tickets is expected to range from $34 to $36. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets as cheap as $34.

As of today, the next cheapest bus trip from Washington DC to Philadelphia is on April 20, 2021 and it costs $34. Just search on Wanderu for Washington to Philadelphia bus trips using the form above and sort the results by cheapest to see the best available deals for the date on which you plan to hit the road.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Washington DC to Philadelphia by bus will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, bus ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $20 whenever you decide to board the bus to Philadelphia.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Washington DC to Philadelphia is by booking your trip as early as possible, as most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. That’s why you should book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $12.49 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There is one bus company that operates from Washington DC to Philadelphia. 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
Greyhound44h 2m$35.86
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 4 bus trips from Washington to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 2 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $34.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best bus from DC to Philadelphia?

Which bus is best depends on your preferences and priorities. Greyhound tends to have the cheapest bus tickets on average, but Megabus offers the most daily trips from DC to Philadelphia. Peter Pan Lines has the fastest buses at just under 3 hours per trip, but there are only a few Peter Pan buses per day.

Is there a train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC?

Yes, Amtrak does run between Philadelphia and Washington, DC, including the Amtrak Acela and Northeast Regional lines. However, if you don’t mind a slightly longer trip, the bus may be a better option. The average train ticket between Philly and DC costs about $79 in both directions, whereas the average bus ticket costs only $13.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Washington to Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 1 minute to cover the 123 miles (198 kilometers) from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

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

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Philadelphia at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from District of Columbia to Pennsylvania without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $23.83.

City Information

Washington DC

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Washington, DC is the capital of the United States, and as such, it offers many points of interest of governmental and historical value. DC is home to several iconic landmarks, including the White House where the U.S. president resides, the Capitol building that houses the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the National Mall, where you can stop by the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial. One of the reasons Washington, DC is among the best destinations to visit with your family is because it is home to so many world-famous museums, including the Smithsonians – 16 museums scattered across the District, most of which are open every day of the week, and even better, every single one is free.

D.C. is not just about politics and museums, though. The city’s active nightlife fittingly ranks it among the biggest party hubs in the country. Head to the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood to check out some of the finest restaurants that the nation’s capital has to offer, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

Philadelphia

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We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

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Union Station

Opened more than 100 years ago in 1907, Union Station is the largest transportation hub in Washington, D.C. with almost 5 million travelers passing through it every year. As the official headquarters of Amtrak, Union Station is the main train station in the U.S. capital. It is also a major hub for intercity bus travel, serving as the main bus station in D.C. for a number of carriers, including Greyhound, BoltBus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and OurBus. Union Station offers easy transit connections to places all over D.C. with dedicated stops for the city’s metro, bus and streetcar services, as well as commuter rail for travelers to and from the surrounding areas. Additionally, with a full blown shopping mall on the premises, Union Station is also among the most popular shopping destinations in the nation's capital.

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

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Greyhound Bus Terminal

Philadelphia's Greyhound Bus Terminal is a popular bus station served by several intercity bus companies, including Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Conveniently located in downtown Philly, you can walk from the bus station to the nearby Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, and even Independence Hall (home of the Liberty Bell). The station is a comfortable place to begin your bus journey, with a snack bar, restrooms, and vending machines, as well as several nearby parking garages and quick bites. And if your destination is Philadelphia, the Greyhound Bus Terminal makes it easy to start your sightseeing or head to your hotel, thanks to the SEPTA subway stop half a block away.

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