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Journey Information

There are 41 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Boston. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Boston usually takes around 10 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance394 mi (634 km)
Shortest duration8h 30m
Cheapest price$15.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent servicePeter Pan Lines
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Washington to Boston

(Based on 47 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Dexter P

April 20, 2024- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: It was smooth and arrived on time. Cons: None. Tips: Enjoy the ride.

5.0

Michael

March 15, 2024- Visiting friends

FlixBus US

Pros: The trip was smooth, and we arrived a little early. Cons: I’d say the seats are not the most comfortable for trying to sleep in.

4.0

Dalin

February 26, 2024- Solo travel

FlixBus US

Pros: Driver was very respectful and accommodating. Cons: Seat numbers were a bit off. For example, some customers had seat 20 but there was no seat 20 on the bus. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Demetris

November 13, 2023- Business

FlixBus US

Pros: I was sleep most of the trip; however, the bus left on time and arrived on time, which is something I really appreciate. I haven't really experienced a heavy delay when riding with this company. Cons: Maybe an intercom system on the bus for the driver to announce the current stop. One person missed his stop. The driver did shout each stop, but I don't think it's conducive, especially on a late ride when most of the passengers will fall asleep. Tips: Be sure to arrive at least 15 mins early to make sure your bus is you bus. As to stay in you assigned seat.

5.0

Raul Armando

August 27, 2023- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Todo , Excelente. Cons: Nada , todo bien. Tips: No.

Washington DC to Boston Route Map

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Washington DC to Boston cost $37.15 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Washington DC to Boston in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $32 to $63. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on June 4, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Boston this week, bus tickets are available starting at $36.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Washington DC to Boston is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $62. If you're planning to take the bus from Washington DC to Boston during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $109. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

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 25 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $43.29 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Boston?

There are 3 bus lines from Washington DC to Boston available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 23 daily trips, Peter Pan Lines 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 US1410h 17m$64.96
Greyhound410h 46m$71.08
Peter Pan Lines2310h 37m$26.05
  • 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 14 trips per day from Washington to Boston, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus 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 4 bus trips from Washington to Boston every day, with the average journey taking around 10 hours and 46 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Boston usually start from $35.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from Washington to Boston from $15. There are 23 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from Washington DC to Boston and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Boston. In Washington, Peter Pan Lines departs to Boston from Union Station . In Boston, Peter Pan Lines arrives at South Station and one other station.

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Washington to Boston takes 10 hours and 37 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Boston in 8 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 31 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Boston.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is no luxury bus from DC to Boston. However, you can take a bus that travels overnight from DC to Boston, saving a night of hotel fare. Greyhound and Megabus both offer trips that leave DC at 8:00 p.m. or later, and arrive in Boston the next morning.
Yes, Megabus does have service between Boston and Washington, DC. There is usually one Megabus trip from DC to Boston daily, and you can expect to pay around $51 on average.
Yes, there is a train from Washington, DC to Boston. There are two lines that cover this route: the Amtrak Northeast Regional and the Amtrak Acela. The average travel time is between 6 hours 30 minutes and 8 hours 30 minutes, and tickets cost an average of $145.

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 29 minutes to cover the 394 miles from Washington DC to Boston. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 30 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 Boston. 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 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Boston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 41 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Boston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 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 Washington DC to Boston, MA; ticket prices start at $40.00.

City Information

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.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

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Main departure 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.

All bus stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

Main arrival station: 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

Buses arrive in Boston at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

  • South Station

  • Logan Airport Visitor Center

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