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New York to Washington DC bus - cost & duration

Cheapest priceUS$22.00
Fastest time3h 45m
Trips per day23
Bus lines6

New York to Washington DC Route Map

New York Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

How does taking the bus compare to taking a train or a flight from New York to DC?

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to get from New York to Washington, D.C., but it will take a bit longer than other forms of transportation. Bus tickets usually cost about $20, and the trip generally lasts 4 to 5 hours.

A nonstop, one-way ticket for a flight from New York to DC takes about 1 hour 20 minutes and has an average cost of $124. It’s generally recommended that you arrive at JFK airport 2 hours before your domestic flight, which will bump up the total time to 3 hours 20 minutes. Additional baggage fees vary by airline.

A train from NYC to DC usually takes 3 to 3.5 hours, and you can expect to pay between $90 and $190 for your ticket.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York to Washington 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 much is a bus ticket from New York to Washington DC?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, US$33.09 was the low point for bus fares from New York to Washington. Buses from Washington DC to New York are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than US$33.09 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 28 days in advance. By doing so, you could save US$6.37 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 36 minutes to cover the 204 miles (328 kilometers) from New York, NY to Washington, DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 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?

Because many passengers travel from New York 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 23 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 24 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 New York to Washington DC; ticket prices start at US$29.00.

What bus companies travel from New York to Washington DC?

There are 6 bus lines from New York, New York to Washington, District of Columbia. With 9 daily trips, Washington Deluxe 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
BestBus24h 13mUS$35.13
Greyhound75h 59mUS$38.76
OurBus24h 2mUS$38.12
PandaNY Bus24h 1mUS$35.00
Peter Pan Lines24h 35mUS$35.01
Washington Deluxe94h 20mUS$33.84

Book BestBus from New York to Washington from US$34. There are 2 BestBus schedules from New York to Washington and you can expect on average to pay US$35 for a BestBus ticket to Washington. In New York, BestBus departs to Washington from 417 W 34th St and no other station. In Washington, BestBus arrives at Union Station and 1 other station. An average trip on BestBus from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 13 minutes, while the fastest available BestBus trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, BestBus offers 5 trips per day and you could expect to pay US$36 for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Book Greyhound from New York to Washington from US$35. There are 7 Greyhound schedules from New York to Washington and you can expect on average to pay US$39 for a Greyhound ticket to Washington. In New York, Greyhound departs to Washington from Port Authority Bus Station and 1 other station. In Washington, Greyhound arrives at Union Station and no other station. An average trip on Greyhound from New York to Washington takes 5 hours and 59 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 8 trips per day and you could expect to pay US$41 for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Book OurBus from New York to Washington from US$22. There are 2 OurBus schedules from New York to Washington and you can expect on average to pay US$38 for a OurBus ticket to Washington. In New York, OurBus departs to Washington from 417 W 34th St and 1 other station. In Washington, OurBus arrives at Union Station, Slip 29 and 1 other station. An average trip on OurBus from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 2 minutes, while the fastest available OurBus trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, OurBus offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay US$39 for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Book PandaNY Bus from New York to Washington from US$35. There are 2 PandaNY Bus schedules from New York to Washington and you can expect on average to pay US$35 for a PandaNY Bus ticket to Washington. In New York, PandaNY Bus departs to Washington from 19 Allen St and no other station. In Washington, PandaNY Bus arrives at 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and no other station. An average trip on PandaNY Bus from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 1 minutes, while the fastest available PandaNY Bus trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, PandaNY Bus offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay US$35 for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Book Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington from US$33. There are 2 Peter Pan Lines schedules from New York to Washington and you can expect on average to pay US$35 for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Washington. In New York, Peter Pan Lines departs to Washington from Port Authority Bus Station 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 New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 35 minutes, while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay US$36 for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Book Washington Deluxe from New York to Washington from US$23. There are 9 Washington Deluxe schedules from New York to Washington and you can expect on average to pay US$34 for a Washington Deluxe ticket to Washington. In New York, Washington Deluxe departs to Washington from 202-230 West 36th St and no other station. In Washington, Washington Deluxe arrives at Dupont Cir CT Ave and 1 other station. An average trip on Washington Deluxe from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 20 minutes, while the fastest available Washington Deluxe trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Washington Deluxe offers 12 trips per day and you could expect to pay US$33 for a weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

Buses to Washington DC leave from multiple locations in New York, New York. These are the 6 most popular bus stations:

  • Port Authority Bus Station
  • 202-230 West 36th St
  • 417 W 34th St
  • 19 Allen St
  • GW Bridge Bus Station - 4211 Broadway
  • Madison Ave btwn E. 26th and 27th St

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

Buses arrive in Washington DC at 6 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Washington, District of Columbia:

  • Union Station
  • Dupont Cir CT Ave
  • Dupont Cir MA Ave
  • Union Station, Slip 29
  • 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
  • Stadium-Armory + Bus Bay H - 25 19th St SE

Price trends for buses from New York to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

US$45US$30US$15MarMar

Monthly average prices

US$25US$20US$15US$10US$5AMJJASONDJFM

Prices as travel date approaches

US$50US$40US$30US$20US$103020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Washington, DC

(Based on 445 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Kristina

February 19, 2021 - Business

BestBus

Pros: it was prompt to leave, smooth ride all the way through and safe arrival. Cons: no. Pros: it was prompt to leave, smooth ride all the way through and safe arrival. Cons: no.

5.0

Brandon

January 9, 2021 - Visiting family

OurBus

They drove very fast and made sure we got there early . They drove very fast and made sure we got there early .

5.0

Ximena

January 3, 2021 - Solo travel

OurBus

On time, clean and all covid measures taken On time, clean and all covid measures taken

5.0

Erika

August 28, 2020 - Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Arrived early Nice bus driver. Cons: Leg room Less people on buses during pandemic Provide wipes to sanitize seating area, such as cup holder, arm rest, window still. Tips: Bring your own wipes to sanitize seating area, such as cup holder, arm rest, window s... Pros: Arrived early Nice bus driver. Cons: Leg room Less people on buses during pandemic Provide wipes to sanitize seating area, such as cup holder, arm rest, window still. Tips: Bring your own wipes to sanitize seating area, such as cup holder, arm rest, window still.More

5.0

Eliud

August 3, 2020 - Visiting friends

BestBus

Pros: Going to see the White House 🙌. Cons: Lower the bus when passengers exit. Tips: Keep doing what ya'll doing. Pros: Going to see the White House 🙌. Cons: Lower the bus when passengers exit. Tips: Keep doing what ya'll doing.

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