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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Washington DC to Charlottesville. Traveling by bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville usually takes around 6 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Shortest duration5h 50m
Cheapest price$26.00
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Washington to Charlottesville

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)




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.

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 suppose...

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.

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?

The average price for a bus ticket to Charlottesville is $29.77, Traveling by bus on this route is one of the most affordable ways to hit the road from Washington DC. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Washington DC to Charlottesville is expected to range from $28 to $37. If you are looking to travel to Charlottesville within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $28. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $28 and can be found on May 24, 2022.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Washington DC to Charlottesville 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 $33 whenever you decide to travel.

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 $15.89 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Washington DC to Charlottesville?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Washington DC to Charlottesville. Greyhound is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound26h 5m$32.09
  • 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 2 bus trips from Washington to Charlottesville every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Charlottesville usually start from $26.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 99 miles from Washington DC to Charlottesville. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 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.

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

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Washington DC?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00am. To see the times for all buses from Washington DC to Charlottesville, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Washington DC to Charlottesville. However, neither bus offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer buses during the trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Washington DC to Charlottesville; ticket prices start at $11.00.

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.


Lovingly called Mr. Jefferson’s City by locals, Charlottesville is a historic town 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

Where does the bus arrive in Charlottesville?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 810 W Main St

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:

  • Bus Station - 810 W Main St

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