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Journey Information

Washington DC to Philadelphia bus - cost & duration

Cheapest priceCA$33.97
Shortest Duration3h 20m
Trips per day4
Bus lines1

Washington DC to Philadelphia Route Map

Washington Philadelphia

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 much is a bus ticket from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, CA$33.97 was the low point for bus fares from Washington to Philadelphia. Buses from Philadelphia to Washington DC are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than CA$33.97 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 9 days in advance. By doing so, you could save CA$6.78 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 1 minute to cover the 123 miles (198 kilometers) from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Washington DC to Philadelphia for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 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 District of Columbia to Pennsylvania without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Philadelphia; ticket prices start at CA$23.90.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Philadelphia?

There is one bus company that operates from Washington DC to Philadelphia. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound44h 1mCA$36.13

Book Greyhound from Washington to Philadelphia from CA$34. There are 4 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Washington DC to Philadelphia and you can expect on average to pay CA$36 for a Greyhound ticket to Philadelphia. In Washington, Greyhound departs to Philadelphia from Union Station, In Philadelphia, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St, An average trip on Greyhound from Washington to Philadelphia takes 4 hours and 1 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Philadelphia in 3 hours and 20 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Philadelphia.

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

Most buses depart from the main station in Washington, District of Columbia:

  • Union Station

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

All buses from Washington DC arrive at one main station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Price trends for buses from Washington DC to Philadelphia

Average prices by travel date

CA$38CA$25CA$13FebMar

Monthly average prices

CA$31CA$25CA$19CA$13CA$6MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

CA$63CA$50CA$38CA$25CA$133020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 82 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Venessa

February 17, 2021 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The driver was very good. Cons: The bus was not sprayed or wiped after passengers disembarked and as such we were quite concerned. The vehicle should be sanitized after. Tips: Ensure you walk with your own wipes for your seat and place around you for your sake a... Pros: The driver was very good. Cons: The bus was not sprayed or wiped after passengers disembarked and as such we were quite concerned. The vehicle should be sanitized after. Tips: Ensure you walk with your own wipes for your seat and place around you for your sake and others.More

4.0

Guglielmo

March 6, 2020 - Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Comfort, quiet, good book to readComfort, quiet, good book to read

4.0

Jordan

February 28, 2020 - Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Easy to just relax and less stressful than driving. Cons: Cleaning, trash was often left from the past rides and spilled drinks on the floor. Tips: Bring something to do, you never know what traffic will be like! Might as well enjoy a podcast or book. Pros: Easy to just relax and less stressful than driving. Cons: Cleaning, trash was often left from the past rides and spilled drinks on the floor. Tips: Bring something to do, you never know what traffic will be like! Might as well enjoy a podcast or book.

4.0

Maria

February 23, 2020 - Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The seat was comfortable and the driver was on time. Cons: There was no possibility to buy snacks at any of the pick-up locations. Tips: Get snacks beforehand. Pros: The seat was comfortable and the driver was on time. Cons: There was no possibility to buy snacks at any of the pick-up locations. Tips: Get snacks beforehand.

5.0

Gayle

February 22, 2020 - Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Very easy to book on all modes through wanderu. Very easy to book on all modes through wanderu.

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