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Journey Information

There are 6 intercity buses per day from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from Harrisburg to Philadelphia usually takes around 3 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance94 mi (151 km)
Shortest duration2h 25m
Cheapest price$51.18
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Harrisburg, PA to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Laraine

August 25, 2021- Solo travel

Greyhound

Smooth ride. Good driver!

Smooth ride. Good driver!

5.0

Desiree

August 2, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Being able to relax on the bus and not drive my own vehicle .

Being able to relax on the bus and not drive my own vehicle .

5.0

Shawn

July 27, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Timing. Cons: Smell. Tips: Arrive on time.

Pros: Timing. Cons: Smell. Tips: Arrive on time.

3.0

Rosita

July 7, 2019- Vacation

Megabus

Pros: The fact that the bus arrived on time. Cons: There has to be something to put your feet on .

Pros: The fact that the bus arrived on time. Cons: There has to be something to put your feet on .

How much is a bus ticket from Harrisburg to Philadelphia?

$51.43 is the average price of a bus ticket from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Any tickets cheaper than $51.43 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$58$38$19SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Harrisburg to Philadelphia is expected to range from C$51 to C$56. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$51. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$51 and can be found on September 28, 2021.

Monthly average prices

$64$51$38$26$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Harrisburg to Philadelphia in January, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$54 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$96$77$58$38$193020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$20.21 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Harrisburg to Philadelphia?

There is one intercity bus company that operates from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound63h 31m$54.96
  • 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 6 bus trips from Harrisburg to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 31 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $51.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Harrisburg 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 takes an average of 3 hours and 31 minutes to cover the 151 kilometers from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 25 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

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

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 Harrisburg?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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 Harrisburg to Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $35.82.

City Information

Harrisburg

As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg offers numerous historic buildings with impressive architecture that will leave you in awe. Among the most impressive ones is the state’s Capitol Complex itself. With a dome that reminisces St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the building features as many as 475 rooms filled with exquisite artworks and statues. History fans should also consider visiting the State Museum of Pennsylvania, which follows the history of the state from the beginning of time to this day. Another must-see destination is the National Civil War Museum, which is one of the largest museums dedicated to the Civil War. If too many history lessons stress you out, a cruise along the Susquehanna River on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will definitely help you unwind.

Harrisburg’s grilled dishes are some of the most famous staples in the city, and among the best establishments is Progress Grill, which has been serving customers since the late 1940s. For some really creative pizzas, The Pizza Grille will be a good choice.

The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the central hub for intercity travel. At the lower level, you can catch a bus by Greyhound, Jefferson Lines or Fullington Trailways to other Pennsylvanian cities such as Allentown and Philadelphia. Travelers can also take Amtrak trains to popular destinations like New York and Philadelphia on a daily basis. The city’s principal airport is Harrisburg International Airport, which is located in Middletown, southeast of the city.

Philadelphia

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 Harrisburg?

Departure stations

The Harrisburg Transportation Center (HTC) is a national historical landmark, with a portion of the station dating back to 1887. The station still serves as the city’s primary transportation hub and welcomes over half a million passengers annually. The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the departure point for Amtrak’s Keystone Service to New York City and a stop on the Pennsylvanian route from New York City to Pittsburgh. Besides train service, bus service on Jefferson Lines, Fullington Trailways, and Greyhound operates through this station. Located in downtown Harrisburg, the station is a quick walk from Capitol Park and some of the city’s top restaurants and shopping.

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

Arrival stations

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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