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How to get to Washington by bus

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What is a good price for a bus ticket to Washington?

€3.42 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Washington, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Washington. In the last month, buses from College Park to Washington had the lowest average price at €3.42.

Where is the bus station in Washington, DC?

The busiest bus station in Washington is Union Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Washington are:

  • Union Station
  • Dupont Cir CT Ave
  • Union Station, Slip 29

Where should you stay in Washington, DC?

Washington, DC can be a very expensive city, so it’s best to do a little bit of research to find a good deal on accommodations.

On the higher end, those with cash to burn may consider staying in Dupont Circle, where many of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants are located. Georgetown, a charming older neighborhood with cobblestone streets, offers much in terms of food and shopping, but is also on the pricier side.

A good mid-tier option may be the historic Adams Morgan neighborhood, which has the highest concentration of bars and restaurants of any area in the city. If nightlife is what you’re after, do a little digging and you may find a place to budget-friendly place to stay. Midtown is also a terrific option, as it provides easy access to some of Washington, DC’s biggest attractions, such as the White House.

To save a little money, consider staying across the Potomac River in Arlington, or a little further south in Alexandria. True, you won’t exactly be in the heart of the city, but a robust public transit system will help you easily get downtown into the mix of things.

How do you get around Washington?

A major way people get around Washington is via the Metrorail, aka the Washington Metro. WMATA fares range from $2.25 to $6 per trip depending on how many stops you travel and whether you’re traveling during peak hours. If traveling outside of rush hour, fares typically range from $1.85 to $3.85.

To pay for these fares, use a SmarTrip card. These plastic, rechargeable fare cards can be purchased by cash or credit at any Metro Station. The Washington Metro designates different routes by color (Red Line, Orange Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Yellow Line and Silver Line). Consult a map within the station to see which line your stop is on. In addition to the Metro lines, there are also plenty of local bus routes, taxis, and rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft.

What are some places to visit in DC?

Everyone knows that Washington, DC is dense with beautiful monuments. There is the Washington Monument, built in 1848, that honors the first President of the United States. Then there is the Lincoln Memorial, a 19-foot high marble statue of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. Of course, you can tour the White House or the United States Capitol Building.

In addition to these historic icons, Washington is home to the Smithsonian Museums, most of which are free. The Smithsonian institutions are internationally known for their incredible collections.

What are some good restaurants in Washington, DC?

A great place to grab dinner in Washington is Art and Soul. It is located inside the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill hotel, directly across the street from Union Station. Art and Soul is known for its Southern cuisine, with outside seating and a great view.

An old favorite that has been around for more than 50 years is The Monocle Restaurant. Although a little more pricey, delectable food is well worth it. The Monocle is known for its impressive wine list and delicious steaks.

For a quick and tasty sandwich, try West Wing Café, just a short walk up Massachusetts Avenue NE from Union Station.

What is the best time to visit Washington by bus?

Because it is such a big tourist city, Washington DC is often busy. During the summer it is thick with tourists, and other times of year you’re likely to run into school groups. Although a good time to visit DC is when it is not smoldering hot while you walk around the monuments.

DC is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms, which start blooming in mid March and continue through mid April. Because so many visitors are coming into DC by train and plane during this time, you’re likely to get a much better deal if you arrive by bus.

New York

There are 20 scheduled buses per day from New York to Washington. The route can be as long as 204 miles, or 328 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 4 hours and 30 minutes. There are 5 bus lines that operate on this route. BestBus has the most daily buses. Buses from New York usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
4h 30m
Avg. Price
€29.07

Baltimore

There are 12 scheduled buses per day from Baltimore to Washington. The route can be as long as 35 miles, or 57 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 1 hour and 10 minutes. There are 2 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Baltimore usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
1h 10m
Avg. Price
€14.84

Atlanta

There are 8 scheduled buses per day from Atlanta to Washington. The route can be as long as 543 miles, or 873 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 18 hours and 34 minutes. One bus company, Greyhound, connects Atlanta to Washington. Buses from Atlanta usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
18h 34m
Avg. Price
€57.93

Seattle

There are 7 scheduled buses per day from Seattle to Washington. The route can be as long as 2322 miles, or 3737 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 67 hours and 42 minutes. One bus company, Greyhound, connects Seattle to Washington. Buses from Seattle usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
2d 19h 42m
Avg. Price
€255.30

Los Angeles

There are 7 scheduled buses per day from Los Angeles to Washington. The route can be as long as 2295 miles, or 3692 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 67 hours and 59 minutes. One bus company, Greyhound, connects Los Angeles to Washington. Buses from Los Angeles usually arrive in Washington at Union Station.
Avg. Time
2d 19h 59m
Avg. Price
€200.93

Located in District of Columbia, Washington is accessible by bus from 440 other cities. You can choose from 860 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Washington on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Washington are also available..

Bus companies serving Washington

Greyhound

There are 440 scheduled Greyhound buses per day. Greyhound can get you to Washington from 341 cities, including Baltimore.
Greyhound
Greyhound
Avg. Time
1d 1h 54m
Avg. Price
€94.94

Jefferson Lines

There are 63 scheduled Jefferson Lines buses per day. Jefferson Lines can get you to Washington from 98 cities, including Osceola.
Jefferson Lines
Jefferson Lines
Avg. Time
1d 18h 7m
Avg. Price
€165.22

Peter Pan Lines

There are 9 scheduled Peter Pan Lines buses per day. Peter Pan Lines can get you to Washington from 8 cities, including Baltimore.
Peter Pan Lines
Peter Pan Lines
Avg. Time
3h 33m
Avg. Price
€21.45

Martz

There are 14 scheduled Martz buses per day. Martz can get you to Washington from 6 cities, including Wilkes-Barre.
Martz
Martz
Avg. Time
10h 9m
Avg. Price
€33.25

BestBus

There are 4 scheduled BestBus buses per day.
BestBus
BestBus
Avg. Time
4h 12m
Avg. Price
€29.78

Washington Deluxe

There are 7 scheduled Washington Deluxe buses per day.
Washington Deluxe
Washington Deluxe
Avg. Time
4h 20m
Avg. Price
€24.16

OurBus

There are 3 scheduled OurBus buses per day.
OurBus
OurBus
Avg. Time
4h 3m
Avg. Price
€32.64

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