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Bus Trip Information: Atlanta to Washington DC

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Atlanta to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from Atlanta to Washington DC usually takes around 13 hours and 30 minutes, but the fastest PandaNY Bus bus can make the trip in 11 hours,

Distance542 mi (873 km)
Shortest duration11h 0m
Cheapest price$49.99
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Atlanta to Washington

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Oluwakemi

July 30, 2021- Couples trip

PandaNY Bus

Good

Good

4.0

Luke

July 7, 2021- Visiting family

PandaNY Bus

Pros: It was good. Cons: People need to understand that other people are traveling aswell and to respect them. Tips: Respect your fellow travelers, and keep the noise level to a minimum.

Pros: It was good. Cons: People need to understand that other people are traveling aswell and to respect them. Tips: Respect your fellow travelers, and keep the noise level to a minimum.

5.0

William

June 6, 2021- Regular commuter

PandaNY Bus

Pros: Just A regular trip! Cons: Space of seat. Tips: Learn to get along with the drivers!!

Pros: Just A regular trip! Cons: Space of seat. Tips: Learn to get along with the drivers!!

4.0

Léa

October 25, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: Washington is an amazing city! Cons: Too cold and the wifi doesn’t work really good.

Pros: Washington is an amazing city! Cons: Too cold and the wifi doesn’t work really good.

4.0

Diana

September 23, 2019

Megabus

Pros: My trip was good. Wonderful stuff. Only thing is we couldn't leave on time. We stand an hour on the sun no chairs. Was supposed to be DC 8:30am but We arrived 10:30am. Cons: To improve to be on time at least not more than 10 minutes late. And charger please.

Pros: My trip was good. Wonderful stuff. Only thing is we couldn't leave on time. We stand an hour on the sun no chairs. Was supposed to be DC 8:30am but We arrived 10:30am. Cons: To improve to be on time at least not more than 10 minutes late. And charger please.

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

$88.77 is the average price of a bus ticket from Atlanta to Washington DC. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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

$120$80$40JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Atlanta to Washington DC is expected to range from $87 to $107. If you are looking to travel to Washington DC within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $90. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $87 and can be found on July 14, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in December. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $70 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Atlanta to Washington DC in July, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $76 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

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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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $4.40 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Atlanta to Washington DC?

There are 3 bus lines from Atlanta to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 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 US212h 58m$59.56
Greyhound616h 6m$102.51
PandaNY Bus411h 56m$100.00
  • 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 2 trips per day from Atlanta to Washington, 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 6 bus trips from Atlanta to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 16 hours and 6 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $83.

  • PandaNY Bus

    PandaNY Bus

    Panda NY Bus is an American bus company known as a Chinatown bus line that conducts trips to and from some of the largest and most unique Chinatown districts on the eastern seaboard. Aboard Panda NY buses, you can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets, comfortable reclining seats, and a restroom. Panda NY offers some of the cheapest bus tickets from Atlanta to Washington, with prices starting from $100.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Atlanta to Washington 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 Atlanta to Washington?

The bus takes an average of 13 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 542 miles from Atlanta to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 11 hours. 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 departing from Atlanta to Washington DC tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Atlanta?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Atlanta to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Atlanta to Washington DC 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 Atlanta to Washington DC without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Atlanta to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $106.00.

City Information

Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA - ATL-1

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the Peach State. Located in the heart of America’s South, Atlanta is one of the foremost economic and cultural hubs in the region and the United States in general. As such, it's among the best vacation destinations in Georgia.

The city has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a result, across Atlanta you can find various museums and points of interest dedicated to the lives and works of various key figures in those events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is an important stop on our MLK Jr. itinerary.

Atlanta is also a key hub for the U.S. entertainment industry, and it offers some of the best nightlife experiences in the country. Here, you will find some of the finest craft beer in America and enjoy some of the best and most authentic southern food.

Atlanta is easily accessible by both bus and train from various parts of the country, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s location on the city’s outskirts makes it easy to travel to Atlanta from all over the world.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Atlanta?

Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St - ATLGLI-0

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Main departure station: Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

Built in 1996, the Atlanta Bus Station at 232 Forsyth Street SW is located close to downtown and is one of the most popular bus stations in the city. Served by Greyhound, Southeastern Stages and Jefferson Lines, this busy intercity bus terminal provides hundreds of connections to major cities. The Atlanta Bus Station offers convenient connections within Atlanta via the adjacent MARTA train station and multiple public bus stops within one block of the station. There are also several hotels and motels in the vicinity, for when you’re ready to relax after a successful day of traveling.

All bus stations in Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

  • 211 Peachtree St. SW

  • MARTA Civic Center

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main arrival 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

  • 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

  • 550 New York Avenue NW

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