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Journey Information

There are 22 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Newark. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Newark usually takes around 5 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Shortest duration3h 50m
Cheapest price$22.00
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Washington to Newark

(Based on 81 ratings and reviews)




June 1, 2024- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Driver is very respectfully professional. I give her 5 stars.



April 15, 2024- Visiting family


Pros: My trip was good. Cons: Better smelling bathroom. Tips: N/A.



February 22, 2024- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Quick. Cons: Cleaning. Tips: Pack light.



December 30, 2023- Visiting family

FlixBus US

Love it thank you 😊



October 2, 2023- Solo travel

FlixBus US

Pros: Great. Cons: It’s ok. Tips: Be gentle.

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 $36.31 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


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 $57. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 24, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Newark this week, bus tickets are available starting at $37.

Monthly average prices

Taking the bus from Washington DC to Newark is usually cheapest in July, when the average ticket price is only $47. 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 $66. 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 26 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $39.65 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Newark?

There are 3 bus lines from Washington DC to Newark available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, FlixBus US 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 US95h 23m$59.26
Greyhound64h 32m$58.88
Peter Pan Lines65h 59m$27.49
  • 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 9 trips per day from Washington to Newark, 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 6 bus trips from Washington to Newark every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 32 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Newark usually start from $30.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from Washington to Newark from $22. There are 6 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from Washington DC to Newark and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Newark. In Washington, Peter Pan Lines departs to Newark from Union Station . In Newark, Peter Pan Lines arrives at 1 Raymond Plaza W .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Washington to Newark takes 5 hours and 59 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Newark in 3 hours and 50 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 9 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Newark.

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.

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 9 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Newark at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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 Newark, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 22 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Newark every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 11 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, NJ; ticket prices start at $22.00.

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

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Newark?

Main arrival station: 1 Raymond Plaza W

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Newark.

All bus stations in Newark:

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

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