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Atlanta - Columbia Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Atlanta to Columbia. Traveling by bus from Atlanta to Columbia usually takes around 4 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest Southeastern Stages bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance193 mi (311 km)
Shortest duration3h 55m
Cheapest price$35.50
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceSoutheastern Stages
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Atlanta to Columbia

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

Pamela

May 9, 2022- Visiting family

Southeastern Stages

Pros: The instructions from the driver. Cons: Clean the floors. Someone spilled something so the floors were sticky. On my return trip. Excellent on my departure.

Pros: The instructions from the driver. Cons: Clean the floors. Someone spilled something so the floors were sticky. On my return trip. Excellent on my departure.

4.0

Silvia

February 1, 2022- Visiting friends

Southeastern Stages

Pros: Comfy seats and arrival on time. Cons: Wi-Fi was missing.

Pros: Comfy seats and arrival on time. Cons: Wi-Fi was missing.

5.0

Gregory

December 9, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: Safe, comfortable and pleasant. Cons: N/a. Tips: Tire of driving MEGABUS is FOR US.

Pros: Safe, comfortable and pleasant. Cons: N/a. Tips: Tire of driving MEGABUS is FOR US.

4.0

Whitney

November 2, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: I love the price , the driver was friendly and drove safely . Cons: The bus arrived a little late ; the location was changed though so it wasn’t the drivers fault due to the construction.

Pros: I love the price , the driver was friendly and drove safely . Cons: The bus arrived a little late ; the location was changed though so it wasn’t the drivers fault due to the construction.

5.0

Javier

August 14, 2019- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: Air conditioned, two store, wifi, bathroom, and break in a rest area. Tips: Megabus is a great option. Quick and safe journey!

Pros: Air conditioned, two store, wifi, bathroom, and break in a rest area. Tips: Megabus is a great option. Quick and safe journey!

How much is a bus ticket from Atlanta to Columbia?

$43.17 is the average price of a bus ticket from Atlanta to Columbia. Any tickets cheaper than $43.17 can be considered a great deal. 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 Atlanta to Columbia is expected to range from $44 to $51. If you are looking to travel to Columbia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $44. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $44 and can be found on May 17, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Atlanta to Columbia 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 $34 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 9 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $5.05 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Atlanta to Columbia?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Atlanta to Columbia. Southeastern Stages connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Southeastern Stages44h 28m$47.03
  • Southeastern Stages

    Southeastern Stages

    Book Southeastern Stages from Atlanta to Columbia from $36. There are 4 trips per day offered by Southeastern Stages from Atlanta to Columbia and you can expect on average to pay for a Southeastern Stages ticket to Columbia. In Atlanta, Southeastern Stages departs to Columbia from Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St . In Columbia, Southeastern Stages arrives at Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd .

    An average trip on Southeastern Stages from Atlanta to Columbia takes 4 hours and 28 minutes , while the fastest available Southeastern Stages trip will get you to Columbia in 3 hours and 55 minutes .

    On weekends, Southeastern Stages offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Columbia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Atlanta to Columbia 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 Atlanta to Columbia?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 28 minutes to cover the 193 miles from Atlanta to Columbia. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 55 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.

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, 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 Atlanta?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Atlanta to Columbia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Columbia each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Atlanta to Columbia 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 Columbia without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Atlanta to Columbia; ticket prices start at $95.00.

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.

Columbia

Columbia, SC

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As the capital city of South Carolina, Columbia offers plenty of historic attractions and exciting activities that will keep tourists of all ages satisfied. Sitting at the heart of the city is the South Carolina State Museum, which boasts the most impressive collection of permanent and changing exhibits in the state, as well as in the Southeast. One of the top highlights of the museum is its amazing planetarium that has a height of 55 feet. If you are traveling with kids, EdVenture should certainly be on your list. The museum’s prime attraction is a giant 10-year-old with his own fake digestive tracts and vertebrae, allowing kids to explore anatomy with ease. Nature lovers should not miss out on the chance to enjoy an outdoor day at Lake Murray, which features a vast range of activities such as boating, fishing, paddling, etc.

Columbia features an exciting food scene that is brimming with new talents. For an amazing lunch, The Gourmet Shop and their famous chicken salad will be a great choice. If you wish to enjoy a dinner with wine, Lula Drake is the place to be.

Columbia’s principal bus station is located 710-A Buckner Rd on the outskirts of the city. The main Amtrak train station is located on Pulaski St in the heart of downtown near the University of South Carolina campus. Columbia is served by Amtrak’s Silver Service line. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is the main airport and it is located five miles southwest of the city.

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

Where does the bus arrive in Columbia?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd

The Bus Terminal on 710-A Buckner Road is the main intercity bus station in Columbia and is served by several bus companies, including Greyhound and Southeastern Stages. The terminal offers an indoor waiting area with benches, vending machines, and restrooms. Buses leave from this station daily to destinations like Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Baltimore, and Orlando. Transport throughout Columbia is also convenient, as the Comet, a public transit bus service, connects the Columbia Bus Terminal with the Amtrak Station and Columbia's airport.

All bus stations in Columbia:

  • Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd

Need a return trip from Columbia to Atlanta?

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