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Journey Information

Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, DC by Bus

Cheapest price$28.00
Shortest Duration9h 35m
Trips per day7
Bus lines2

Boston to Washington DC Route Map

Boston Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bus a good way to get from Boston to Washington, DC?

Yes. Intercity bus is arguably one of the best ways to get to Washington, DC from Boston. Even though the shortest bus trip is 9 hours, it is the cheapest option. Traveling by train also takes approximately 9 hours, but the average Amtrak ticket costs 3-4 times more than a bus ticket. Booking a flight from Boston to DC is also an option for travelers in a hurry, although this is typically the most expensive option.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Boston to Washington right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $41.33 was the low point for bus fares from Boston to Washington. Buses from Washington DC to Boston are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $41.33 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 $20.52 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 12 hours to cover the 394 miles (634 kilometers) from Boston, MA to Washington, DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 35 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Because many passengers travel from Boston to Washington DC at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Washington DC, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do buses leave Boston for DC?

Since Boston-DC is a very popular route among travelers, there are buses at virtually all times of the day, from 1:00am to 4:00pm. The schedule might differ on weekends and holidays but in general you will have a pretty flexible schedule to choose from.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Boston to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Boston to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $49.00.

Which buses go from Boston to DC?

There are several bus companies with regularly scheduled intercity buses from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, DC. Greyhound is the most popular choice among travelers, followed by Peter Pan Bus, Megabus, and FlixBus.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound612h 34m$54.41
Peter Pan Lines210h 40m$41.85

Where does the bus leave from in Boston?

Most buses depart from the main station in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • South Station Bus Terminal

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

All buses from Boston arrive at one main station in Washington, District of Columbia:

  • Union Station

Price trends for buses from Boston to Washington DC

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20NovDec

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Boston, MA to Washington, DC
4.4
Based on 20 ratings and reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.2
Staff
3.8
Value
4.2
Condition
4.4
Hilde
5.0
December 3, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Very safe cautious driver in snowy conditions
Cons
A little more leg space
Tips
Pleasant safe ride
Xiaopeng
4.0
October 31, 2019Solo travel
Pros
time schedule
Lucinda
3.0
July 6, 2019Vacation
Pros
Price
Cons
Staff at boarding in DC was rude. Boarding should be on time. It's hard to stand waiting in line for a very long time.
Tips
Expect long wait.
Shanshan
5.0
June 6, 2019Visiting family
Pros
very smooth trip

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.2
Staff
4.2
Value
3.6
Condition
4.0
Víctor
5.0
December 27, 2019Vacation
Pros
On time!
Cons
Wifi
Tips
Everything was good! Well done
Peter
4.0
November 10, 2019Solo travel
Cons
I missed a train to DC from Boston, and was pleased to find an alternate mode of travel.
Rizpah
5.0
November 3, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The drivers were very professional ,friendly, pleasant abd safe experience.
Cons
The legroom in coach.
Mariya
1.0
June 8, 2019Solo travel
Cons
i bought night ticket to sleep on my way back from DC to Boston, but it was so cold that it was impossible to sleep and to be there!!! I will never again buy megabus night tickets

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Peter Pan Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.3
Condition
4.6
Maria Laura
5.0
October 6, 2019Vacation
Pros
Comfortable seats, charge opportunities, WiFi most of the time, not to cold
Cons
Nothing
Sikelelwa
5.0
September 28, 2019Regular commuter
Cons
I couldn't move the seats back to rest.
Tips
Book with Wanderu.
Farai
4.0
August 18, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Had a comfortable seat
Cons
Second driver (from Philly to DC) was very rude. I understand if you're having a bad day. But no need to snap at passengers.
Davou
5.0
July 9, 2019Vacation
Pros
Awesome
Cynthia
4.0
July 7, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I was able to swich my travelling time.

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