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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Charlottesville. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville usually takes around 4 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Shortest duration2h 50m
Cheapest price$11.99
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Washington to Charlottesville

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)




October 8, 2023- Visiting family


Pros: I enjoyed the trip, your staff is very nice. In future I will always select your service. Thank you very much. Cons: At this time I don't have any suggestion. Tips: Just be on time.



January 10, 2020- Solo travel


Pros: There were not too many travellers so I had a double seat to myself. Cons: The bus smelled strongly of smoke when we boarded.



July 17, 2019- Business


Pros: Once we got going, things were fine and we arrived right on time. Cons: Most of my negative will have to do with the station. On one of the hottest days of the year, there was NO AIR CONDITIONING at all in the bus part of the station, not even in what was supposed to be the special air conditioned room for the passengers. We waited in the heat for the bus, and the driver, seeing that I was near fainting, pulled me to the front of the line and told me to go first onto the bus. But then we got word that we had to wait for passengers from another bus, it turned out for a whole half hour, but we couldn’t have air conditioning because that would have meant idling the bus which would have resulted in a fine for more than 3 minutes. No adaptation at all, no consideration at all, was given to the extreme discomfort the heat was causing. There was also no restroom in the area for the buses. But it was absolutely necessary to keep drinking cold water, which we had to buy, of course, which resulted in repeated long treks to the part of the building where the restrooms were. Tips: Go by train if you can.



July 6, 2019- Visiting friends


Pros: Everything was as expected and fit the short time frame we needed to attend a wedding.i. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Wonderful way to make short trips that require a precise arrival.

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Washington DC to Charlottesville cost $25.44 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


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Washington DC to Charlottesville is expected to be between $25 and $77. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is December 7, 2023, when tickets are available for December 7, 2023. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $25.

Monthly average prices

Taking the bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $30. If you're planning to take the bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville during December, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $37. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 27 days in advance to save up to $24.78.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

There are 4 bus lines from Washington DC to Charlottesville available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. Each of these companies only runs one bus per day. The following table helps you compare your available choices:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US13h 42m$34.42
Greyhound15h 31m$55.62
Megabus13h 5m$40.98
OurBus12h 51m$30.43
  • 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 1 trips per day from Washington to Charlottesville, 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 1 bus trips from Washington to Charlottesville every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 31 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Charlottesville usually start from $24.

  • Book Megabus from Washington to Charlottesville from $41. Typically there is one Megabus schedule per day from Washington DC to Charlottesville and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Charlottesville. In Washington, Megabus departs to Charlottesville from Union Station . In Charlottesville, Megabus arrives at 1935 Arlington Blvd .

    An average trip on Megabus from Washington to Charlottesville takes 3 hours and 5 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Charlottesville in 2 hours and 50 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Charlottesville.

  • 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 Charlottesville if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 26 minutes to cover the 99 miles from Washington DC to Charlottesville. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 50 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Charlottesville. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Charlottesville, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Washington DC to Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville; ticket prices start at $8.00.

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.


Lovingly called Mr. Jefferson’s City by locals, Charlottesville is one of Virginia's best destinations with plenty of interesting attractions to draw in not only fans of history but also of arts and culture. The prime attraction of the city is the famous estate of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello. This 5000-acre mansion is an architectural masterpiece that combines Parisian and Italian elements, giving you a day’s worth of exploration. For those looking for a more idyllic landscape, try Carter Mountain Orchard, which offers apple-picking sessions as well. The University of Charlottesville is also a must-not-miss destination. As the only university in the U.S. to be designated a World Heritage Site, it offers interesting insights into the history of education of the country.

Charlottesville’s wines are famous around the country, and the Monticello Wine Trail is perfect for trying out the best wines that the region has to offer. For an amazing dinner experience, C & O Restaurant, which has been in business since 1976, will be a great choice.

The city’s busiest bus stop is the Greyhound bus stop located downtown at 310 W Main St. For trains, head over to the nearby Amtrak train station, also on W Main St. Charlottesville is served by Amtrak’s Cardinal, Crescent and Northeast Regional lines. The city’s main airport is the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, 8 miles from the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

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

  • Union Station

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

Where does the bus arrive in Charlottesville?

Main arrival station: Charlottesville Un Station

The bus station at 105 Ridge Street serves Greyhound and Jefferson Lines buses which travel through Charlottesville. Bus service is available to travel to cities like Richmond, Washington, DC, and New York. Inside the station, amenities include restrooms and vending machines for convenient snacks before your trip. Within a few minutes’ walk, though, you can grab a fresh meal from one of the many restaurants and cafes on Main Street. The station is ideally located between downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia campus a few blocks to the west. The Amtrak train station is also a short 10-minute walk from the bus station, so it is easy to transfer to continued travels by train.

All bus stations in Charlottesville:

  • Charlottesville Un Station

  • 1935 Arlington Blvd

  • UVA Columbarium Parking

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