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Bus Trip Information: Washington DC to Newark

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Newark. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Newark usually takes around 6 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Shortest duration4h 10m
Cheapest price$28.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington to Newark

(Based on 49 ratings and reviews)




October 1, 2021- Visiting family


Pros: Great customer service at the stations and on the bus. On time. Tips: Make sure to know when you’ll have to transfer and have ticket ready.

Pros: Great customer service at the stations and on the bus. On time. Tips: Make sure to know when you’ll have to transfer and have ticket ready.



September 12, 2021- Solo travel


Bus drivers need to learn respect

Bus drivers need to learn respect



August 6, 2021- Visiting friends


Try it out .. great experience. Very pleasing.

Try it out .. great experience. Very pleasing.



March 9, 2020- Solo travel


Pros: Wow. Thks to the driver . So nice. Very good. All the compliments belong to him. Cons: Wanderu is my best website. Thks for assistant Your team is the best. Tips: Wow.

Pros: Wow. Thks to the driver . So nice. Very good. All the compliments belong to him. Cons: Wanderu is my best website. Thks for assistant Your team is the best. Tips: Wow.



March 7, 2020- Visiting family


Pros: Less stress. Cons: Electrical units in the bus. Tips: To cover their mouth during caughing.

Pros: Less stress. Cons: Electrical units in the bus. Tips: To cover their mouth during caughing.

Washington DC to Newark Route Map

Washington Newark

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

$31.85 is the average price of a bus ticket from Washington DC to Newark. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Washington DC to Newark is expected to range from $34 to $44. If you are looking to travel to Newark within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $34. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $34 and can be found on January 31, 2022.

Monthly average prices


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 $32 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Washington DC to Newark in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $41 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


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 15 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $14.73 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the 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, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 8 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound86h 8m$40.34
OurBus14h 41m$36.03
  • 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 8 bus trips from Washington to Newark every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 8 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Newark usually start from $28.

  • OurBus


    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 $35, 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

Is there a direct bus from DC to Newark?

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.

What is the best way to get from Washington, DC to Newark?

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.

How do you get from Washington, DC to the Newark airport?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Washington to Newark 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 Newark?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 4 minutes to cover the 198 miles from Washington DC to Newark. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 10 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?

Buses from Washington DC to Newark are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your bus tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Newark, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Newark 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 Newark; ticket prices start at $29.00.

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.


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

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

Where does the bus arrive in Newark?

Newark Penn Station - NWKPNS-0

Image credit: Ken Lund

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Main arrival station: Newark Penn Station

Not to be confused with the Penn Station in New York City just 10 miles away, Newark’s Penn Station is a vital regional transportation hub which serves the greater New York City and New Jersey area. Located a few blocks East of the central business district in Newark, Penn Station opened in 1935, when its Art Deco architecture was at the height of fashion - see if you can spot the Zodiac signs decorating the chandeliers! Travelers can access Amtrak intercity passenger trains running on the busy Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and Boston, as well as intercity buses like Greyhound and Fullington Trailways. Local transit available at Penn Station includes Newark Light Rail, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid transit linking Newark to Manhattan, and NJ Transit commuter trains serving coastal and central New Jersey.

All bus stations in Newark:

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Raymond Plaza E btwn Edison Pl & Ferry St

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