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Bus Route Overview: Washington DC to Boston

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Boston. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Boston usually takes around 11 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Peter Pan Lines bus can make the trip in 9 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance394 mi (634 km)
Shortest duration9h 20m
Cheapest price$29.99
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington to Boston

(Based on 30 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

Chalila

September 6, 2021- Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Ride on the bus and enjoy the view thru the city. Cons: Small trash bag on the each seat if there have food or drink etc. Tips: Need some more high WiFi range and bus should have back up hand sanitizer good scent, tissue etc.

Pros: Ride on the bus and enjoy the view thru the city. Cons: Small trash bag on the each seat if there have food or drink etc. Tips: Need some more high WiFi range and bus should have back up hand sanitizer good scent, tissue etc.

5.0

Frank

June 11, 2021- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Trip was great. Lost time not fault if driver. Cop pulled over to check license. Cons: Great overalll.

Pros: Trip was great. Lost time not fault if driver. Cop pulled over to check license. Cons: Great overalll.

4.0

Sai

May 28, 2021- Couples trip

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The WiFi, plug in charge, seats, screens, and staff. Cons: Planning to arrive on time, but ok due to weather and traffic. Tips: Have something to eat either before the bus ride or take with you on the bus.

Pros: The WiFi, plug in charge, seats, screens, and staff. Cons: Planning to arrive on time, but ok due to weather and traffic. Tips: Have something to eat either before the bus ride or take with you on the bus.

5.0

Iqra

March 2, 2020- Vacation

Megabus

Pros: The driver who drove all the way to Philadelphia was very friendly, and gentlemen... Cons: Perfect trip ... Tips: Very comfortable and nice trip . Just keep blankets with you , bcz bus was little chilly.

Pros: The driver who drove all the way to Philadelphia was very friendly, and gentlemen... Cons: Perfect trip ... Tips: Very comfortable and nice trip . Just keep blankets with you , bcz bus was little chilly.

4.0

Michael

February 1, 2020- Couples trip

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Arrived early, good value. Cons: Wifi very slow and almost unusable.

Pros: Arrived early, good value. Cons: Wifi very slow and almost unusable.

Washington DC to Boston Route Map

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

$37.68 is the average price of a bus ticket from Washington DC to Boston. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Washington DC to Boston is expected to range from $37 to $68. If you are looking to travel to Boston within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $42. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $37 and can be found on February 8, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. 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 Washington DC to Boston in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $46 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

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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 $37.01 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the 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 6 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 US410h 12m$45.13
Greyhound612h 20m$51.00
Peter Pan Lines39h 54m$65.00
  • 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 4 trips per day from Washington to Boston, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 6 bus trips from Washington to Boston every day, with the average journey taking around 12 hours and 20 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Boston usually start from $32.

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  • 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 4 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Washington and Boston, offering bus tickets as low as $65.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a luxury bus from DC to Boston?

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.

Does Megabus go to Boston from Washington, DC?

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.

Is there a train from Washington, DC to Boston?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Washington to Boston 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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 Washington to Boston?

The bus takes an average of 11 hours and 4 minutes to cover the 394 miles from Washington DC to Boston. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 20 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from Washington DC to Boston. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am 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.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 13 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; ticket prices start at $35.00.

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, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

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 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

  • 550 New York Avenue NW

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

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Main arrival station: South Station Bus Terminal

The South Station Bus Terminal is Boston's primary intercity bus station, and a major hub for bus companies like Greyhound, OurBus, Concord Coach Lines, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and more. The bus station is directly adjacent to the South Station Train Terminal, making it easy to access the local MBTA public transit, commuter rail, and connections to the airport. At the bus station, you'll find an on-site parking garage, a food court, and free WiFi. Nestled between the Financial District, Chinatown, and the Seaport, South Station is within a short walk from some of Boston's top sights and it is easily accessible by any mode of transportation.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • South Station Bus Terminal

  • LAZ parking lot - 90 Traveler Street

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