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Bus Trip Information: Philadelphia to Washington DC

There are 14 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Washington DC usually takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance123 mi (198 km)
Shortest duration2h 45m
Cheapest price€14.71
Trips per day13
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to Washington

(Based on 158 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

JAMEELA

22 January 2023- Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The driver made guidelines and was very nice when talking. It made everyone be courteous on the ride-- quiet and comfortable. Cons: The driver was amazing, ride was smooth, no real complaints. Tips: Make sure you put your luggage in the compartment safely!

Pros: The driver made guidelines and was very nice when talking. It made everyone be courteous on the ride-- quiet and comfortable. Cons: The driver was amazing, ride was smooth, no real complaints. Tips: Make sure you put your luggage in the compartment safely!

5.0

Yannick

16 January 2023- Couples trip

Peter Pan Lines

On time, comfortable and professional

On time, comfortable and professional

5.0

Giovana

15 January 2023- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Everything was like I expected. And really good. Cons: I don’t know! It was a really good experience. Tips: Just go.

Pros: Everything was like I expected. And really good. Cons: I don’t know! It was a really good experience. Tips: Just go.

5.0

Rowena

13 January 2023- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Very comfortable with an excellent driver

Very comfortable with an excellent driver

5.0

Mara

31 December 2022- Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Someone else did the driving while I read or napped, and the price was right.

Someone else did the driving while I read or napped, and the price was right.

Philadelphia to Washington DC Route Map

Philadelphia Washington

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

€20.28 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Washington DC. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

€41€28€14JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Washington DC is expected to range from €21 to €29. If you are looking to travel to Washington DC within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €22. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €21 and can be found on 21 February 2023.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in August. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €24 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Washington DC in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €29 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

€46€37€28€18€93020100

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 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €5.86 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

There are 4 bus lines from Philadelphia to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 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 US62h 57m€23.60
Greyhound53h 57m€29.45
OurBus13h 15m€19.11
Peter Pan Lines33h 0m€20.24
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 6 trips per day from Philadelphia to Washington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 5 bus trips from Philadelphia to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from €20.

  • OurBus

    OurBus

    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 €18, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Philadelphia to Washington if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Lines

    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 3 bus trips every day during the week and 2 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Philadelphia and Washington, offering bus tickets as low as €20.

Frequently Asked Questions

What buses go to Philadelphia from DC?

The bus companies that offer service between Philly and DC are BoltBus, Greyhound, Megabus, Peter Pan Lines and OurBus. Of those, the cheapest is Greyhound with an average ticket price around $15, followed by OurBus with tickets averaging about $16.

How long is the drive from Washington, DC to Philadelphia?

The drive from Philadelphia to DC can take as little as 2 hours 40 minutes by bus or by car, although it may take longer if you’re entering or leaving DC during rush hour. Bus trips typically take between 3 hours and 3 hours 30 minutes to travel this distance, depending on factors like weather, traffic, and whether the bus is direct versus making additional stops.

How much is a train ride to Philly from Washington?

The train between Philly and Washington, DC typically costs around $79. If you don’t mind a longer commute, consider taking a bus instead. Buses take as little as 2 hours and 40 minutes to travel the same distance, and only cost an average of $13.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 from Philadelphia to Washington?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 198 kilometers from Philadelphia to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 45 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?

Buses from Philadelphia to Washington DC are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your bus tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 21:00. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 14 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 13 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 Philadelphia to Washington DC; ticket prices start at €17.48.

City Information

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market or join a history and food tour of the Italian Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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.

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 Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert St) - PHLGLI-0

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Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

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.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

  • NRG/AT&T Subway Station

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

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

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

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