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Bus Route Overview: Philadelphia to State College

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to State College. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to State College usually takes around 5 hours, but the fastest Fullington Trailways bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance153 mi (247 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price€26.68
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to State College

(Based on 26 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Yejun

23 January 2023- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: good. Cons: no. Tips: no.

Pros: good. Cons: no. Tips: no.

5.0

Noah

14 January 2023- Regular commuter

OurBus

Pros: Nice no thrills trip. That is what I can ask for. Cons: 60" tv to watch sports. LOL. Tips: Be on time.

Pros: Nice no thrills trip. That is what I can ask for. Cons: 60" tv to watch sports. LOL. Tips: Be on time.

4.0

Steven

2 November 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: had plenty of room, driver was very nice and friendly. Cons: being more in time.

Pros: had plenty of room, driver was very nice and friendly. Cons: being more in time.

5.0

Caleb

18 September 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Smooth Ride. Cons: Cheaper rates. Tips: Book ahead of time.

Pros: Smooth Ride. Cons: Cheaper rates. Tips: Book ahead of time.

4.0

cristina

21 August 2022- Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: there was plenty of space. Cons: the outlets didnt hold my charger well and it kept falling out. Tips: bring a smaller charging cube.

Pros: there was plenty of space. Cons: the outlets didnt hold my charger well and it kept falling out. Tips: bring a smaller charging cube.

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to State College?

€38.04 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to State College. Any tickets cheaper than €38.04 can be considered a great deal. 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

€55€37€18JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to State College is expected to range from €28 to €43. If you are looking to travel to State College within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €30. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €28 and can be found on 13 February 2023.

Monthly average prices

€69€55€41€28€14FMAMJJASONDJ

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to State College in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €49 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

€69€55€41€28€143020100

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 €16.23 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to State College?

There are 4 bus lines from Philadelphia to State College available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 4 daily trips, OurBus 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 US14h 6m€32.38
Fullington Trailways23h 46m€50.60
Greyhound15h 26m€38.05
OurBus44h 50m€44.30
  • 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 1 trips per day from Philadelphia to State College, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Fullington Trailways

    Fullington Trailways

    Originally founded in 1908, Fullington Trailways is one of the oldest transportation companies in the United States. Today, it's one of the leading intercity bus carriers within the Trailways network and provides cheap, reliable bus service to several metropolitan destinations, including New York City and Philadelphia. All coaches are equipped with clean restrooms, and Fullington Trailways earned a 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Award for their helpful crew.

  • 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 1 bus trips from Philadelphia to State College every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 26 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to State College usually start from €27.

  • 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 €37, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Philadelphia to State College if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia to State College 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 State College?

The bus takes an average of 5 hours to cover the 247 kilometers from Philadelphia to State College. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

"Because many passengers travel from Philadelphia to State College 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go."

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 09:00. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to State College, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to State College every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Philadelphia to State College without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Philadelphia to State College; ticket prices start at €56.12.

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.

State College

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State College is a college town, hence the name. It is home to Penn State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. As expected, most of the businesses in the area are there to serve the academic clientele, particularly the professors and students living in the area (if you’re one of them, you might want to check out our recommended destinations for college students).

One of the most popular events in State College is the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which draws over a hundred thousand visitors each year. Aside from Penn State University, the city's major attractions are The Arboretum and the Beaver Stadium.

If you're into culture, history, and the arts, you should check out the Palmer Museum of Art, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, and Centre County Historical Society.

While at State College, be sure to try out the waffles at The Original Waffle Shop. Other good places to dine are the Berkey Creamery, Allen Street Grill, and Federal Taphouse. Finally, for some good drinks, stop by Otto's Pub and Brewery.

Getting around State College is a breeze. The local airport, University Park Airport, is a mere 5 miles away from campus. In addition, Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Amtrak Thruway run regularly scheduled bus services from State College to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, New York City, and beyond.

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

  • Fashion District

  • Philadelphia International Airport

  • 30th Street Station

Where does the bus arrive in State College?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

The State College Bus Terminal, commonly referred to as the Greyhound station, is on the southern part of the Penn State University campus. The stop has a bit of covering for waiting passengers, but otherwise, you'll want to find most food and amenities elsewhere on campus. Although there is an adorable photo stand-in for anyone wanting a cute family photo while waiting for your bus to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or anywhere else in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Bus stations in State College:

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

  • University Park Airport Parking Lot

  • 152 N Atherton St.

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