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Other ways to get from Newark to Washington

There are usually 51 daily train trips from Newark to Washington.

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Journey Information

There are 25 intercity buses per day from Newark to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from Newark to Washington DC usually takes around 5 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Shortest duration4h 5m
Cheapest price$30.21
Trips per day9
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Newark to Washington

(Based on 79 ratings and reviews)




June 28, 2024- Visiting friends

FlixBus US

Pros: It was fast and no issues. Cons: It is excellent everything. Tips: Be on time and have your ticket ready.



June 28, 2024- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

The break on the area rest



May 21, 2024- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Very good price. Cons: The trip ran slightly late. Did not leave any location pn time. Tips: None.



April 9, 2024- Couples trip

FlixBus US

Pros: The seats was just perfect, really comfy and spacious, maybe the driver wasn’t so kind but the trip was fast. Cons: Maybe the attention, the driver was kinda rude at the beginning. Tips: Always arrive 15 minutes early.



March 27, 2024- Vacation



Newark to Washington DC Route Map

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Newark to Washington DC cost $50.39 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price

Average prices by travel date


If you're planning to travel by bus from Newark to Washington DC in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $48 to $82. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on August 7, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Washington DC this week, bus tickets are available starting at $54.

Monthly average prices

Taking the bus from Newark to Washington DC is usually cheapest in July, when the average ticket price is only $65. If you're planning to take the bus from Newark to Washington DC during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $88. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 29 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $53.71 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Newark to Washington DC?

There are 3 bus lines from Newark to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 daily trips, FlixBus US 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
FlixBus US105h 37m$91.30
Greyhound64h 41m$85.70
Peter Pan Lines96h 0m$34.49
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 10 trips per day from Newark to Washington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 6 bus trips from Newark to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 41 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $41.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from Newark to Washington from $30. There are 9 Peter Pan Lines schedules from Newark to Washington and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Washington. In Newark, Peter Pan Lines departs to Washington from 1 Raymond Plaza W and no other station. In Washington, Peter Pan Lines arrives at Union Station and no other station.

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Newark to Washington takes 6 hours and 0 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Washington in 4 hours and 5 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 11 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bus tickets from Newark to Washington, DC cost an average of $14, although tickets can be found for as cheap as $1. There are three bus companies that service this route — BoltBus, Greyhound and OurBus. Of those, OurBus has the cheapest average ticket at about $14.
Because the fastest possible duration for this route is 4 hours and 15 minutes one-way, planning a day-trip from Newark to Washington is probably not a good idea. The earliest bus for Washington departs at 7:00 a.m. EDT, and the latest return leaves around 11:00 p.m., so a day-trip is possible — however, the day would be exhausting and you might run out of time to visit all the sites in DC.
There are 8 Amtrak lines that travel regularly between Newark and Washington, DC, including the Amtrak Acela, Northeast Regional and Amtrak Cardinal. All of these routes are direct, with no necessary transfers, and the fastest possible train trip takes around 2 hours and 37 minutes to get to DC. The average ticket costs about $111 for this route, with the earliest train departing at 3:00 a.m. EDT and the latest train leaving at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 23 minutes to cover the 318 kilometers from Newark to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 5 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Because many passengers travel from Newark to Washington DC 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Newark to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 25 scheduled buses that travel from Newark to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 9 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 Newark, NJ to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $30.21.

City Information


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As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

Washington DC

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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

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

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Newark?

Main departure station: 1 Raymond Plaza W

Newark has two bus stations with service to Washington.

All bus stations in Newark:

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

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Main arrival station: 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.

Bus stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

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