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Journey Information

Washington DC to Philadelphia bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price£7.06
Fastest time2h 40m
Trips per day6
Bus lines3

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

Washington Philadelphia

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 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 Philadelphia?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, £14.57 was the low point for bus fares from Washington to Philadelphia. Buses from Philadelphia to Washington DC are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than £14.57 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 £9.89 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 3 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 123 miles (198 kilometers) from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

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

Because many passengers travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday 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 Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 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 Philadelphia; ticket prices start at £19.62.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 3 bus lines from Washington, District of Columbia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With 5 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound54h 13m£24.28
OurBus12h 42m£15.66
Peter Pan Lines22h 51m£15.53

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

Buses to Philadelphia leave from multiple locations in Washington, District of Columbia. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Union Station
  • Metro Center 11th St NW (b/w F & G St)
  • Stadium-Armory + Bus Bay H

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

Buses arrive in Philadelphia at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St
  • 3701 S Broad St (Indego Bike Share Station)
  • University City -- Ludlow St

Price trends for buses from Washington DC to Philadelphia

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA
4.5
Based on 81 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
1.0
Value
1.0
Condition
1.0
Ingeborg
1.0
June 28, 2019Vacation
Pros
Nothing.... the driver was the worst driver I have seen in my life... rude, etc etc etc , even she made us to get off the bus , before we arrive to the PH station
Cons
The driver

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 44 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
3.9
Value
4.0
Condition
3.8
Kerina
5.0
January 12, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The staff were very helpful explaining the process before I boarded and made sure that we were all on the right bus. We had no challenges on the way and arrived on time.
Cons
Nothing..ideally, it would be nice to have more foot room for greater comfort.
Daeovionne
4.0
January 10, 2020Couples trip
Pros
I liked the smooth bus ride
Cons
The time of the bus departing. There were no seats to wait for the bus. So we stood for 30-40 mins until we were able to board the bus.
Teresa
4.0
November 20, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Good all around liked being in a depot not just a bus stop
Cons
Air condition it was a bit hot
Tips
Go for it its easy and cheap felt safe
Gaynl
5.0
October 18, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Really comfortable and nice fellow passengers and beautiful scenery that I could enjoy because I wasn't driving.
Cons
Washing the windows would be nice.
Tips
Take the Greyhound
Willa
3.0
August 2, 2019Vacation
Pros
The bus driver was nice and it was pretty inexpensive.
Cons
The boarding process is a mess and communicated poorly to passengers. I also found we stopped in a place that we weren't scheduled to stop (Delaware) for almost 20 minutes, and that was largely responsible for us being 40 minutes late to arrive.
Tips
Honestly, get a train instead of a Greyhound if possible. And if not, definitely try to get one of the Greyhound buses labeled 'express' (can see on their website).

Based on 21 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 71 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.3
Diane
5.0
February 11, 2020Business
Pros
The driver gave us a smooth and safe journey. Traffic in early afternoon was lighter than rush hour so we had a worry free ride and I was able to make my connecting travel in Philadelphia with ease.
Cons
For the price, I’m not expecting luxury🙂
Tips
Get in line early if you want to choose your seat.
Camille
5.0
February 7, 2020Visiting friends
Pros
The driver was so kind and friendly and I am very appreciative for the care he puts into his passengers and trips
Fiona
4.0
January 17, 2020Visiting family
Cons
Cleanliness and the bus driver speaking the time of departure, not just notifying us of when we arrive
Teresa
5.0
January 18, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Affordable, on time and convenient
Cons
More leg room if possible and/or storage above seats for bags
Ursula
5.0
December 8, 2019Vacation
Pros
Everything was all right.

Based on 34 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Peter Pan Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 57 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.4
Value
4.3
Condition
4.5
Guglielmo
4.0
March 6, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Comfort, quiet, good book to read
Jordan
4.0
February 28, 2020Visiting friends
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
Maria
4.0
February 23, 2020Solo travel
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
Gayle
5.0
February 22, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Very easy to book on all modes through wanderu.
Madelen
5.0
January 4, 2020Regular commuter
Pros
The company delivered what they promised.
Cons
Price wise
Tips
Get to the departure point on time. The buses leave on time.

Based on 13 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 58 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.2
Staff
4.3
Value
4.4
Condition
4.3
Margie
5.0
December 14, 2019Vacation
Pros
Left exactly on time
Robyn
5.0
November 28, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I loved that WiFi actually worked, the bus driver was friendly and the bus wasn’t over crowded. I will literally stop taking any other bus line as long as the service remains spectacular.
Cons
Having specific street addresses for the drop off location. Eventually having someone take luggage of the bus once we reach drop off locations too.
Tips
Be prepared for a great reliable fast safe ride.
Maureen
5.0
October 15, 2019Solo travel
Pros
On time departure and arrival Safe transport by driver
Tips
Very Odd pickup location for Baltimore. Not even remotely convenient for a traveler from Baltimore
Anirban
5.0
August 24, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The bus was comfortable and was almost on time. The staff were helpful and service prompt.
Cons
The wifi did not connect to the internet at all.
Tips
Buses start on time from the union bus station at Washington DC. Please be on time.
Kenzell
5.0
August 18, 2019Regular commuter
Pros
Quick timing

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