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Bus Route Overview: Philadelphia to Newark

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Newark. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Newark usually takes around 3 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 25 minutes.

Distance75 mi (121 km)
Shortest duration1h 25m
Cheapest price€13.79
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to Newark

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Giovannie

24 July 2022- Business

Greyhound

Pros: Very comfortable and easy to relax. Cons: Everything had me satisfied.

Pros: Very comfortable and easy to relax. Cons: Everything had me satisfied.

5.0

Pascale

6 March 2022

Greyhound

Pros: Seat belts, Punctuality, Smooth ride, Professionalism of bus driver who announced his stops loud and clear allowing customers to have a stress free ride. Cons: Organization: 10 minutes before scheduled bus departure the screen still displayed "see Agent" for gat...

Pros: Seat belts, Punctuality, Smooth ride, Professionalism of bus driver who announced his stops loud and clear allowing customers to have a stress free ride. Cons: Organization: 10 minutes before scheduled bus departure the screen still displayed "see Agent" for gate information. Customer Service: Went to see Agent, she said "wait for announcement" . As a courtesy to customers who arrived early to line up and secure a good seat, Agent could do better than that. Cleanliness: This bus station did not look very clean. Waiting room appearance: the iron seats have to go. Food and snacks: Soda machines could be replaced with healthy snacks. Overall this place needs a Starbucks, a Philly gift shop, a Philly cheese counter, and attractive restrooms for customers and tourists.

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5.0

Kemberly

26 August 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

The trip was super quick and smooth

The trip was super quick and smooth

5.0

marion

15 August 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

Bus was clean and not overcrowded

Bus was clean and not overcrowded

4.0

Armando

15 May 2020- Business

Greyhound

Pros: Driver was very helpful and patient we us! Cons: Overall just ensuring travelers to only occupy the seat that they paid for to enable other travelers to seat.

Pros: Driver was very helpful and patient we us! Cons: Overall just ensuring travelers to only occupy the seat that they paid for to enable other travelers to seat.

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Newark?

The average price for a bus ticket to Newark is €17.89, This is a superb deal on a bus trip, one of the best that we have seen. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

€28€18€9JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Newark is expected to range from €16 to €25. If you are looking to travel to Newark within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €17. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €16 and can be found on 14 February 2023.

Monthly average prices

€23€18€14€9€5MAMJJASONDJF
Traveling from Philadelphia to Newark by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around €19 whenever you decide to travel.

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 17 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €6.35 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Newark?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Philadelphia to Newark that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 9 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US31h 42m€19.74
Greyhound93h 31m€21.42
  • 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 3 trips per day from Philadelphia to Newark, 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 9 bus trips from Philadelphia to Newark every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 31 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Newark usually start from €14.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from Philadelphia to Newark?

There are 9 Amtrak lines that provide routes from Philadelphia to Newark. There are 60 trains that travel this route per day, with 56 of them direct connections to Newark. The average travel time ranges from 1 hour to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Amtrak tickets starts at $45, and the first train departs at 5:00 a.m.

What is the best way to get from Philly to Newark?

The best way to get from Philadelphia to Newark is by bus. Bus tickets average just $10, while Amtrak tickets for this same route average around $67, and nonstop flights typically cost more than $250. Traveling by train is typically the fastest option, with the shortest travel time being just 53 minutes (compared to 1 hour 30 minutes for a bus). That said, the extra half hour may not be worth paying an additional $50.

Is Philadelphia to Newark a good day-trip?

Philadelphia to Newark is a very doable day-trip. BoltBus averages 1 hour 45 minutes in travel time, and can get there in 1 hour 30 minutes if traffic is light. With the first direct bus of the day departing as early as 7:15 a.m., and the last return bus of the day departing Newark around 9:00 p.m., you can have a full day of activities in Newark before returning home.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia to Newark 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 Newark?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 24 minutes to cover the 121 kilometers from Philadelphia to Newark. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour 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?

"Because many passengers travel from Philadelphia to Newark 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, 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."

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 19:00. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Newark, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Newark each day?

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Newark every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 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 Newark; 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.

Newark

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Newark, NJ - NWK-1

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As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

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

Where does the bus arrive in Newark?

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Main arrival station: Newark Penn Station

Not to be confused with the Penn Station in New York City just 10 miles away, Newark’s Penn Station is a vital regional transportation hub which serves the greater New York City and New Jersey area. Located a few blocks East of the central business district in Newark, Penn Station opened in 1935, when its Art Deco architecture was at the height of fashion - see if you can spot the Zodiac signs decorating the chandeliers! Travelers can access Amtrak intercity passenger trains running on the busy Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and Boston, as well as intercity buses like Greyhound and Fullington Trailways. Local transit available at Penn Station includes Newark Light Rail, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid transit linking Newark to Manhattan, and NJ Transit commuter trains serving coastal and central New Jersey.

Bus stations in Newark:

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

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