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Journey Information

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Durham. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Durham usually takes around 5 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Wanda Coach bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 29 minutes.

Distance226 mi (363 km)
Shortest duration4h 29m
Cheapest price$24.50
Trips per day13
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Washington to Durham

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)




June 12, 2024- Visiting friends


Pros: Everything! Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A. Travel with someone at suitable hours.



April 8, 2021- Solo travel

PandaNY Bus

Pros: No over speeding. Cons: Always keep to time. Tips: None.



December 29, 2019- Solo travel


Pros: We got stuck in traffic for the first half of the trip but the driver still managed to get to Durham with no huge delay. Thumb up for you! Cons: Suitcases were piled upon each other, and the luggage handler couldn't care less; when the door opened, three pieces fell out and it took me five minutes to finally get mine out. Tips: Generally speaking, boltbus and greyhound are better!



December 11, 2019- Visiting friends


Pros: Great service, kind and attentive staff. Cons: Make it more clear which bus is going to which city.



August 28, 2019- Visiting friends


Pros: The driver was very friendly and the staff on the ground before departure were also very helpful. Cons: Internet connection. Tips: I like Megabus and have traveled with them a couple of times but the trip from DC to Durham departing at 6:05am was the exceptional one.

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Washington DC to Durham cost $55.65 on average. Tickets cheaper than $55.65 are an excellent bargain. 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


Bus tickets from Washington DC to Durham are expected to cost between $59 and $83 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Durham within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $59. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Washington DC to Durham are at their cheapest average price in October. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $54. On the other hand, traveling on this route during July might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for July trips cost $67, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 13 days in advance to save up to $20.83.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Durham?

There are 5 bus lines from Washington DC to Durham available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 4 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
CoachRun14h 45m$36.64
FlixBus US45h 23m$51.99
Greyhound47h 27m$52.39
Megabus15h 15m$51.30
Wanda Coach24h 30m$100.00
  • Book CoachRun from Washington to Durham from $25. Typically there is one CoachRun schedule per day from Washington DC to Durham and you can expect on average to pay for a CoachRun ticket to Durham. In Washington, CoachRun departs to Durham from 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE . In Durham, CoachRun arrives at 3521 Hillsborough Rd .

    An average trip on CoachRun from Washington to Durham takes 4 hours and 45 minutes , while the fastest available CoachRun trip will get you to Durham in 4 hours and 29 minutes .

    On weekends, CoachRun offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Durham.

  • 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 Durham, 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 Durham every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 27 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Durham usually start from $30.

  • Book Megabus from Washington to Durham from $35. Typically there is one Megabus schedule per day from Washington DC to Durham and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Durham. In Washington, Megabus departs to Durham from Union Station . In Durham, Megabus arrives at Bus Terminal - 515 W Pettigrew St .

    An average trip on Megabus from Washington to Durham takes 5 hours and 15 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Durham in 4 hours and 29 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Durham.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 2 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $100 and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking to travel between the Chinatown districts of Washington and Durham.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 226 miles from Washington DC to Durham. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 29 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.

Because many passengers travel from Washington DC to Durham 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.

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 Durham, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Durham 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 Washington DC to Durham without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Durham, NC; ticket prices start at $48.00.

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.


Durham is a little treasure cove for all fans of history and the United States’ heritage. The first and foremost thing you should try out is go on a hike on one of the city’s iconic trails. For a more traditional hiking experience, try the Eno River Trail. If you wish to enjoy a more unique experience, the American Tobacco Trail will be a better choice, as it follows the old CSX railroad. For those who want to explore the city’s rich history, check out the Stagville Plantation, which is now a museum dedicated to the city’s antebellum history, offering a unique historical perspective.

Durham’s food scene is vibrant and exciting. Fans of seafood will definitely be amazed at how fresh and delicious the seafood at Mateo Bar de Tapas is. If you wish to try out Italian eats with a twist, check out Devil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant.

The main bus station is the Transportation Center located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham. From there, you can take a bus to New York, Richmond, Washington D.C., and dozens of other destinations across the country. The main Amtrak train station in Durham is located around the corner from the bus stop at 601 W Main St. Durham is served by Amtrak’s Carolinian and Piedmont lines. The city’s air services are handled by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 12 miles southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

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

  • 2230 New York Ave NE

  • Union Station

  • 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Where does the bus arrive in Durham?

Main arrival station: Durham Transportation Center - Bus Bay T

Buses arrive in Durham at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Durham:

  • Durham Transportation Center - Bus Bay T

  • 2724 Guess Rd

  • Bus Terminal - 515 W Pettigrew St

  • 3521 Hillsborough Rd

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