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Journey Information

There are 101 intercity buses per day from New York to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from New York to Washington DC usually takes around 4 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Megabus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance204 mi (328 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price€8.30
Trips per day86
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines13

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York to Washington

(Based on 1311 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Bellyne

24 February 2024- Visiting family

FlixBus US

Pros: I just Love this driver, he is very pleasant, he interacts with everyone as if you were a friend. Not to say the other drivers are not good but, when it's him driving I have this since of calm and feel safe as if I was riding a car with my dad. I would give him 10 stars because he goes over and beyond. Cons: The seats could be a little more padded. Other drivers should make sure to remind the passengers to be mindful of other passengers and not be on the phone as of they were home. Tips: Yes, for them to be mindful that they're not the only one on the bus, Not to be on the phone as if they were home.

5.0

Humberto

24 February 2024- Business

Peter Pan Lines

On time. Good driving.

5.0

Thonny

23 February 2024- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: It was very well organized and on time from departure to arrival. Cons: The Windows could have a blackout curtain for those whobwould like no sun light while riding. Tips: Whether is last minute or planned ahead, get the most out of your trip experience with Wanderu.

5.0

Concetta

23 February 2024- Solo travel

Megabus

It was great even with the 1 hr late

5.0

Claudia

22 February 2024- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

It was on time!

New York to Washington DC Route Map

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How much is a bus ticket from New York to Washington DC?

The average price of a bus ticket from New York to Washington DC is €26.12, With such a cheap price, taking the bus is a no-brainer for your trip to Washington DC. By booking your travel in advance on Wanderu, you can easily secure a bus ticket at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

€42€28€14FebMar

Bus tickets from New York to Washington DC are expected to cost between €23 and €33 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Washington DC within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from €26. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

€46€37€28€18€9AMJJASONDJFM

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from New York to Washington DC, mark your calendar for October. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just €32.

However, taking the bus from New York to Washington DC during March is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of €42. The best way to find deals on a trip in March is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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 €20.02 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Washington DC?

There are 13 bus lines from New York to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 24 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
BestBus34h 8m€37.29
BestBus Prime14h 10m€49.31
FlixBus US244h 40m€33.76
Greyhound205h 35m€36.19
Megabus154h 38m€23.13
OurBus24h 39m€17.62
Peter Pan Lines64h 28m€21.28
Peter Pan Lines235h 11m€27.38
The Jet34h 4m€116.90
Tripper Bus24h 57m€44.18
Tripper Bus Elite14h 30m€55.86
Wanda Coach54h 2m€27.74
Washington Deluxe24h 47m€39.36
  • BestBus is known for offering affordable bus tickets to destinations across the Northeast, including New York and Washington, with 3 daily trips on average. BestBus is green-certified, offers free Wi-Fi and water onboard, and earned the #1 spot as a Students' Favorite and a Commuters’ Favorite in the 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Awards.

  • BestBus Prime is the luxury bus service offered by BestBus, delivering a business class-level of service throughout the Northeast. BestBus Prime provides free water to all passengers, free Wi-Fi, squeaky-clean restrooms, and 110V outlets under every seat. So relax in comfortable, extra-wide leather seats, stretch out in the extra legroom, and enjoy free movie streaming while BestBus Prime takes you to your destination.

  • 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 24 trips per day from New York to Washington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach 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 20 bus trips from New York to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from €8.

  • Book Megabus from New York to Washington from €5. There are 15 trips per day offered by Megabus from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Washington. In New York, Megabus departs to Washington from New York W 34th St & 12th Ave . In Washington, Megabus arrives at Union Station .

    An average trip on Megabus from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 38 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 17 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from €12, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from New York to Washington if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Peter Pan Bus Lines is one of the biggest bus carriers in the Northeast region of the United States. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company offers affordable bus tickets and comfortable bus trips to over a dozen destinations across nine states and the District of Columbia. Peter Pan is known for their reliable bus service and green certified modern coaches that offer amenities such as onboard restrooms, free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom between seats. Running an average of 6 bus trips every day during the week and 8 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between New York and Washington, offering bus tickets as low as €21.
  • Book Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington from €21. There are 23 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Washington. In New York, Peter Pan Lines departs to Washington from Port Authority Bus Station and one other station. In Washington, Peter Pan Lines arrives at Union Station .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington takes 5 hours and 11 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 34 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

  • Although still in its infancy, The Jet Coach is shaking up bus travel by providing luxury services at affordable prices. With leather-clad Hoverseats, 6 feet of leg room, and complimentary in-seat drink and snack service, you get the luxury of a private jet with the affordability of bus travel.

  • Tripper Bus is a bus service based in the New York City area, offering high-quality bus rides at affordable costs. The company provides intercity bus transportation between NYC and Arlington, VA, and Bethesda, MD. The service is famous for its cheap tickets, convenient travel times, and great amenities, including free WiFi, electrical outlets, and entertainment services. The carrier's buses pull up close to transit stops, making it extra convenient for you to move around.

  • Tripper Bus Elite is a luxury passenger bus service between New York City and the suburbs within the Washington DC metro area. Anyone looking to travel in comfort between the Big Apple and the nation's capital can connect between Midtown Manhattan and either Bethesda or Arlington. Seats onboard Tripper Bus Elite vehicles are leather recliners with extra wide seats, tray tables, and extra legroom. Passengers have onboard WiFi, complimentary bottled water, and electrical power outlets in every row.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 5 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from €28 and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking to travel between the Chinatown districts of New York and Washington.

  • Washington Deluxe is committed to providing passengers safety and comfort on its routes between Washington, D.C. and New York City. Each bus features a wide range of luxury amenities such as free onboard WiFi and electrical outlets to stay well-connected. Washington Deluxe usually offers 2 bus trips from New York to Washington every day, with ticket prices as low as .

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 54 minutes to cover the 328 kilometers from New York 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 road. 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Washington DC. 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.

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from New York to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 101 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 86 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 €14.80.

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

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 New York?

New York Midtown (31st St & 8th Ave) Bus stop - NYCGOB2-0

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Main departure station: 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

Buses to Washington DC leave from 15 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • New York W 34th St & 12th Ave

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • 321 W 42nd St

  • 417 W 34th St

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • 103 Canal St

  • Chinatown - 28 Allen St (eastside b/w Hester and Canal St)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • 381 11th Ave

  • Opp 320 W 31st St/btwn 8th & 9th Ave.

  • Hudson Yards

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 40 Empire Blvd

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

  • Union Station

  • 3355 Benning Rd NE

  • Dupont Cir MA Ave

  • Metro Ctr - Washington DC

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

  • 1610 Connecticut Ave NW

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