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Bus Route Overview: Washington DC to Philadelphia

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Philadelphia usually takes around 3 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance123 mi (198 km)
Shortest duration2h 20m
Cheapest price$9.99
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington to Philadelphia

(Based on 96 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Sumeet

November 28, 2021- Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: The wifi was not working throughout. Cons: something could be done with entertainment.

Pros: The wifi was not working throughout. Cons: something could be done with entertainment.

4.0

Maria

November 24, 2021- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Pleasant, stress free ride on one of the busiest travel days on I95 North. Great to leave the driving to someone else. Cons: Better WiFi. Tips: Arrival location is the tour bus parking lot of the National Constitution Center. Cars for pick-up can enter by taking ...

Pros: Pleasant, stress free ride on one of the busiest travel days on I95 North. Great to leave the driving to someone else. Cons: Better WiFi. Tips: Arrival location is the tour bus parking lot of the National Constitution Center. Cars for pick-up can enter by taking a right turn from Race St immediately before 5th. Spots available for waiting there for the bus arrival.

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5.0

Alicia

November 12, 2021- Vacation

Peter Pan Lines

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5.0

Anna

September 3, 2021- Visiting friends

BestBus

Good driver Good time keeping

Good driver Good time keeping

5.0

Marie

August 21, 2021- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Great environment to travel and friendly staff. Tips: Continue doing a great job. 👍.

Pros: Great environment to travel and friendly staff. Tips: Continue doing a great job. 👍.

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

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

$16.53 is the average price of a bus ticket from Washington DC to Philadelphia. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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 Philadelphia is expected to range from $19 to $26. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $20. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $19 and can be found on February 8, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Washington DC to Philadelphia by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $28 whenever you decide to travel.

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 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $13.68 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There are 4 bus lines from Washington DC to Philadelphia 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
FlixBus US42h 39m$17.25
Greyhound43h 49m$28.70
OurBus13h 8m$20.00
Peter Pan Lines23h 0m$32.86
  • 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 Philadelphia, 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 4 bus trips from Washington to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 49 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $21.

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  • OurBus

    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 $20, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Washington to Philadelphia if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • 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 2 bus trips every day during the week and 2 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Washington and Philadelphia, offering bus tickets as low as $20.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best bus from DC to Philadelphia?

Which bus is best depends on your preferences and priorities. Greyhound tends to have the cheapest bus tickets on average, but Megabus offers the most daily trips from DC to Philadelphia. Peter Pan Lines has the fastest buses at just under 3 hours per trip, but there are only a few Peter Pan buses per day.

Is there a train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC?

Yes, Amtrak does run between Philadelphia and Washington, DC, including the Amtrak Acela and Northeast Regional lines. However, if you don’t mind a slightly longer trip, the bus may be a better option. The average train ticket between Philly and DC costs about $79 in both directions, whereas the average bus ticket costs only $13.

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

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 11 minutes to cover the 123 miles from Washington DC to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

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

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $18.00.

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.

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

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

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert St) - PHLGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Philadelphia's Greyhound Bus Terminal is a popular bus station served by several intercity bus companies, including Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Conveniently located in downtown Philly, you can walk from the bus station to the nearby Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, and even Independence Hall (home of the Liberty Bell). The station is a comfortable place to begin your bus journey, with a snack bar, restrooms, and vending machines, as well as several nearby parking garages and quick bites. And if your destination is Philadelphia, the Greyhound Bus Terminal makes it easy to start your sightseeing or head to your hotel, thanks to the SEPTA subway stop half a block away.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

  • Independence Travel Center

Need a return trip from Philadelphia to Washington DC?

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