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Boston to Philadelphia bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$13.61
Fastest time6h 50m
Trips per day6
Bus lines3
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Price trends for buses from Boston to Philadelphia

Average prices by travel date

$102$68$34JunJul

Monthly average prices

$68$54$41$27$14ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$68$54$41$27$143020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Boston to Philadelphia
4.6
Based on 31 reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with BoltBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 43 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.5
Staff
4.3
Value
3.5
Condition
4.1
Madeline
4.0
February 15, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Clean bus, good driver!
Cons
Working wifi, air rests between seats
Olutayo
4.0
January 23, 2020Business
Pros
Very orderly processes. Good/adequate communication from the driver about the trip. Safety conscious driver/staffs: the but developed a mechanical fault which was discovered timely by the driver who immediately pulled over at a safe place and called for a replacement ve...More
Cons
Response time to resolving technical issues that developed on the highway.
Megan
4.0
January 11, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Driver was nice
Cons
Seat was cramped and uncomfortable
Michael
5.0
October 20, 2019Visiting friends
Cons
An Outlet was broken, foot rest missing on a few seats.
Mary
4.0
September 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I loved not having to drive and having all that time in the bus to myself. I loved seeing my son! Nice to be able to do all this in just a weekend.
Cons
Better communication from the driver as to times expected to arrive would have been nice. Also, he left the bus for about five minutes or so, going into a building, closing the bus door behind him. It’s good he close the door, I just felt like he wasn’t there just in...More
Tips
Bring layers so you can be warm enough, get in line early if you want to sit closer to the front, travel light.

Based on 7 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.7
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Nancy
5.0
January 22, 2020Visiting family
Pros
It was on time!
Cons
The outlets need to be replaced!!
Natalie
5.0
December 1, 2019
Cons
The desk attendant helped a customer behind me in the ticket line that was waiting to board the same bus I was. When I spoke up and said that I was in line first the desk attendant said "It's too early for this. You don't have to do this today. I just asked him a simple...More
Nancy
5.0
December 3, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The driver was a very good driver
Mary
4.0
November 16, 2019Visiting family
Cons
It's a real bummer Greyhound doesn't have wifi

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.5
Staff
3.5
Value
2.5
Condition
3.0

Based on 10 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Peter Pan Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.6
Staff
4.6
Value
3.4
Condition
4.4
Molly
5.0
February 28, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The bus was mostly empty so I had a seat to myself and the wifi worked
Nancy
5.0
February 22, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The bus driver was very competent and courteous!
Chanakya Varma
5.0
December 19, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The second bus from new york to Philadelphia is not that good.
Bary
5.0
December 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
fast and comfortable
Cons
price
William
5.0
September 26, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The easiness of travel & the ability to relax

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Boston to Philadelphia a good day-trip?

No, traveling from Boston to Philadelphia does not make for a good day-trip. A one-way bus ride takes at least 6 hours, and the train takes at least 4 hours 50 minutes. With that amount of travel time involved, you’d be better off staying in Philadelphia for a night or two.

How much is a train ticket from Boston to Philadelphia?

A train ticket from Boston to Philadelphia usually costs around $152, since the Northeast Corridor is such a popular Amtrak route. By comparison, bus tickets are significantly cheaper, usually costing around $22.

What is the fastest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia?

The fastest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia to take a nonstop flight, which usually takes between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours. If speed isn’t an issue, it may be worth taking the bus. A one-way, nonstop flight from Boston to Philadelphia typically costs between $60 and $120, whereas the same trip by bus costs $21.79 on average.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Boston 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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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 Boston to Philadelphia?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $25.78 was the low point for bus fares from Boston to Philadelphia. Buses from Philadelphia to Boston are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $25.78 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 24 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $48.18 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 8 hours and 4 minutes to cover the 436 kilometers (271 miles) from Boston to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 50 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Philadelphia. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 Boston?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Boston 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 Boston to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Boston to Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $39.46.

What bus companies travel from Boston to Philadelphia?

There are 3 bus lines from Boston to Philadelphia. With 4 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
Greyhound48h 38m$62.55
Megabus17h 0m$46.30
Peter Pan Lines27h 10m$47.53

Where does the bus leave from in Boston?

Boston, Massachusetts has two bus stations with service to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • South Station Bus Terminal

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St
  • 30th St Station - 3101 John F Kennedy Blvd

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