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Journey Information

There are 18 intercity buses per day from Boston to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from Boston to Washington DC usually takes around 10 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Peter Pan Lines bus can make the trip in 9 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance394 mi (634 km)
Shortest duration9h 20m
Cheapest price$29.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Boston, MA to Washington, DC

(Based on 22 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Tenesha

May 3, 2021- Business

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: very good. Cons: Still looking out for what should.

Pros: very good. Cons: Still looking out for what should.

5.0

Víctor

December 27, 2019- Vacation

Megabus

Pros: On time! Cons: Wifi. Tips: Everything was good! Well done.

Pros: On time! Cons: Wifi. Tips: Everything was good! Well done.

5.0

Hilde

December 3, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Very safe cautious driver in snowy conditions. Cons: A little more leg space. Tips: Pleasant safe ride.

Pros: Very safe cautious driver in snowy conditions. Cons: A little more leg space. Tips: Pleasant safe ride.

4.0

Peter

November 10, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

I missed a train to DC from Boston, and was pleased to find an alternate mode of travel.

I missed a train to DC from Boston, and was pleased to find an alternate mode of travel.

5.0

Rizpah

November 3, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: The drivers were very professional ,friendly, pleasant abd safe experience. Cons: The legroom in coach.

Pros: The drivers were very professional ,friendly, pleasant abd safe experience. Cons: The legroom in coach.

Boston to Washington DC Route Map

Boston Washington

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

$37.76 is the average price of a bus ticket from Boston to Washington DC. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

$60$40$20OctNov

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Boston to Washington DC is expected to range from $38 to $46. If you are looking to travel to Washington DC within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $38. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $38 and can be found on October 30, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Boston to Washington DC in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $46 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $22.09 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

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
FlixBus US610h 5m$44.68
Greyhound811h 25m$46.99
Peter Pan Lines49h 36m$41.81
  • 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 8 bus trips from Boston to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 25 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $34.

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  • Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Bus Lines is one of the biggest bus carriers in the Northeast region of the United States. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company offers affordable bus tickets and comfortable bus trips to over a dozen destinations across nine states and the District of Columbia. Peter Pan is known for their reliable bus service and green certified modern coaches that offer amenities such as onboard restrooms, free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom between seats. Running an average of 4 bus trips every day during the week and 5 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Boston and Washington, offering bus tickets as low as $35.

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 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?

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 31 minutes to cover the 394 miles from Boston to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 20 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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.

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 2:00am to 8:00pm. 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 18 scheduled buses that travel from Boston to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 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 Boston to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $35.00.

City Information

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food, Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

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 Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station Bus Terminal - BOSSSB-0

Departure stations

The South Station Bus Terminal is Boston's primary intercity bus station, and a major hub for bus companies like Greyhound, OurBus, Concord Coach Lines, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and more. The bus station is directly adjacent to the South Station Train Terminal, making it easy to access the local MBTA public transit, commuter rail, and connections to the airport. At the bus station, you'll find an on-site parking garage, a food court, and free WiFi. Nestled between the Financial District, Chinatown, and the Seaport, South Station is within a short walk from some of Boston's top sights and it is easily accessible by any mode of transportation.

Bus stations in Boston:

  • LAZ parking lot - 90 Traveler Street

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Arrival stations

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.

Bus stations in Washington DC:

  • 550 New York Avenue NW

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