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Bus Trip Information: Washington DC to Newark

There are 9 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Newark. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Newark usually takes around 5 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Shortest duration3h 50m
Cheapest price$25.00
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Washington to Newark

(Based on 71 ratings and reviews)




March 24, 2023- Regular commuter


Pros: Exceeded my expectations. Well organized and a better value than Amtrak. Cons: The charter was freezing cold, at least for me.


Beatriz Eduarda

January 2, 2023- Visiting friends


Pros: Safety. Cons: nothing. Tips: No.



December 30, 2022- Visiting family


The entire experience “A diverse experience can be the most impactful” -Jameecx



December 10, 2022- Visiting family


The ride was so relaxing



October 23, 2022- Visiting family


Pros: I had a freak out when I didn't see a bus at the pick up spot. Turns out it was a shuttle (sprinter van) that was picking us up to bring us to the bus. Thank goodness a taxi driver was helping me and he asked the shuttle driver about the bus, and it turned out that I was supposed to be on that shuttle. Very stressful. the rest of the trip was fine. And return was as well. Cons: Would be nice if there was a sink in the bathroom. Really gross not to have that. Tips: Drink a small amount of water so you don't have to use the bathroom. Make sure you know if pick up will be a shuttle or bus.

Washington DC to Newark Route Map

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Washington DC to Newark cost $42.55 on average. Tickets cheaper than $42.55 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from Washington DC to Newark in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $34 to $59. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on June 20, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Newark this week, bus tickets are available starting at $42.

Monthly average prices


Taking the bus from Washington DC to Newark is usually cheapest in June, when the average ticket price is only $42,

If you're planning to take the bus from Washington DC to Newark during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $52. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 29 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $26.33 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Newark?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Washington DC to Newark that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 6 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US65h 33m$58.95
OurBus34h 40m$43.86
  • 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 6 trips per day from Washington to Newark, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 $25, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Washington to Newark if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are 14 daily routes between Washington, DC and Newark split between 3 bus companies: BoltBus, Greyhound and OurBus. Of those routes, 7 are direct, with no transfers necessary. The earliest departure time is at 2:00 a.m. EDT, and the latest departure time of the day is around 11:00 p.m. EDT. Bus rides from DC to Newark typically take between 4 and 6 hours depending on traffic and weather.
The best way to travel to Newark from DC is by bus. Although a flight would get you there in the quickest time, direct flights from DC to Newark start at $100 and increase from there. Alternatively, you could travel about 3 hours by train, but the average train ticket for this route costs around $112. Traveling by bus will take a bit longer but you will save a tremendous amount of money. Bus tickets for this route average just $14.
An easy, fast and simple way to get to Newark Liberty International Airport is by taking a bus to Newark from DC, then jumping on AirTrain Newark. This train operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is an easy connection from Newark Penn Station or NJ Transit. Many buses on this route drop off passengers directly at Newark Penn Station, which makes for an easy transfer — AirTrain tickets can be purchased directly at Newark Penn Station.

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.

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 13 minutes to cover the 198 miles from Washington DC to Newark. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 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.

Because many passengers travel from Washington DC to Newark 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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Newark, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

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

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Newark every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 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 Newark; ticket prices start at $15.00.

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.


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As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

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

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station (Transfer Required)

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Newark?

Main arrival station: 1 Raymond Plaza W

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

All bus stations in Newark:

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

  • Raymond Plaza E btwn Edison Pl & Ferry St

  • Newark Broad Street Station

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