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Journey Information

There are 20 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Albany. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Albany usually takes around 7 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance200 mi (322 km)
Shortest duration5h 50m
Cheapest price€26.25
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Albany?

€31.61 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Albany. 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

€71€47€24AprApr

Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Philadelphia to Albany is expected to be between €30 and €57. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is 2 May 2024, when tickets are available for 2 May 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just €33.

Monthly average prices

€94€75€57€38€19MJJASONDJFMA
Bus tickets from Philadelphia to Albany are at their cheapest average price in August. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around €39. On the other hand, traveling on this route during November might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for November trips cost €74, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

€94€75€57€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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €53.63 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Albany?

There are 3 bus lines from Philadelphia to Albany available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 15 daily trips, Greyhound 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 US58h 47m€67.06
Greyhound157h 18m€49.68
Peter Pan Lines27h 13m€38.64
  • 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 5 trips per day from Philadelphia to Albany, 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 15 bus trips from Philadelphia to Albany every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 18 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Albany usually start from €26.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from Philadelphia to Albany from €39. There are 2 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from Philadelphia to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Albany. In Philadelphia, Peter Pan Lines departs to Albany from 520 North Christopher Columbus . In Albany, Peter Pan Lines arrives at 66 Green Street .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Philadelphia to Albany takes 7 hours and 13 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Albany in 5 hours and 50 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 22 minutes to cover the 322 kilometers from Philadelphia to Albany. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 50 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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 Albany. 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 03:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Albany, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 20 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

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.

Albany

As the capital city of New York state, Albany is blessed with many historic buildings and quaint quarters, making it the perfect city to take a stroll around. One of the city’s top attractions is the famous New York State Capitol Building, a stately structure that has been around since as far as the 19th century. If you wish to learn more about the city’s rich history, head over to Bidwell House museum, which is actually a restored home filled with impressive artifacts. While staying in Albany, do take the time to visit The Egg, a unique-looking building that will certainly satisfy your architectural curiosity.

For a great dinner with a quirky twist, head over to Canvas, Corks and Forks - Schenectady. For some of the best BBQ dishes in town, don’t hesitate to give Warehouse Grill & BBQ a shot.

The busiest bus station in the area is the Albany Bus Terminal. The bus station welcomes buses from New York, Boston, Baltimore, and many other places. The nearest Amtrak train station is located in the neighboring town of Rensselaer, NY. The city’s principal airport is the Albany International Airport, located six miles northwest of Albany.

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: Noble St/Spring Garden 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:

  • Noble St/Spring Garden St.

  • 199 Spg Gdn St

  • 520 North Christopher Columbus

  • Logan Square

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St  - ALBPPA-0

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Main arrival station: Albany Bus Terminal

The Albany Bus Terminal is a busy hub of intercity bus travel in downtown Albany. Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Adirondack Trailways, and Peter Pan operate bus trips that stop at this station. The terminal has customer service staff on-site, as well as restrooms and a small cafe. Several parking lots are available around the station, and a hotel is available just down the street. It is only a few blocks to downtown Albany and the New York State Capitol complex from the station.

Bus stations in Albany:

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • 66 Green Street

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

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