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Journey Information

There are 18 intercity buses per day from Boston to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from Boston to Philadelphia usually takes around 7 hours and 44 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Shortest duration5h 50m
Cheapest price$19.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Boston, MA to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 33 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Slava

July 18, 2021- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: All good. Cons: All nice. Tips: Use it and enjoy.

Pros: All good. Cons: All nice. Tips: Use it and enjoy.

5.0

Molly

February 28, 2020- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

The bus was mostly empty so I had a seat to myself and the wifi worked

The bus was mostly empty so I had a seat to myself and the wifi worked

5.0

Nancy

February 22, 2020- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

The bus driver was very competent and courteous!

The bus driver was very competent and courteous!

4.0

Madeline

February 15, 2020- Visiting family

BoltBus

Pros: Clean bus, good driver! Cons: Working wifi, air rests between seats.

Pros: Clean bus, good driver! Cons: Working wifi, air rests between seats.

4.0

Olutayo

January 23, 2020- Business

BoltBus

Pros: Very orderly processes. Good/adequate communication from the driver about the trip. Safety conscious driver/staffs: the but developed a mechanical fault which was discovered timely by the driver who immediately pulled over at a safe place and called for a replace...

Pros: Very orderly processes. Good/adequate communication from the driver about the trip. Safety conscious driver/staffs: the but developed a mechanical fault which was discovered timely by the driver who immediately pulled over at a safe place and called for a replacement vessel. Cons: Response time to resolving technical issues that developed on the highway.

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Boston to Philadelphia Route Map

Boston Philadelphia

How much is a bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia?

$30.73 is the average price of a bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Boston to Philadelphia is expected to range from $32 to $47. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $32. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $32 and can be found on October 20, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Boston to Philadelphia 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 $38 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $22.33 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Boston to Philadelphia?

There are 3 bus lines from Boston to Philadelphia. With 8 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 US67h 58m$35.48
Greyhound87h 48m$43.44
Peter Pan Lines57h 16m$41.87
  • 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 Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 48 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $29.

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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 5 bus trips every day during the week and 5 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Boston and Philadelphia, offering bus tickets as low as $33.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Boston to Philadelphia a good day-trip?

No, traveling from Boston to Philadelphia does not make for a good day-trip. A one-way bus ride takes at least 6 hours, and the train takes at least 4 hours 50 minutes. With that amount of travel time involved, you’d be better off staying in Philadelphia for a night or two.

How much is a train ticket from Boston to Philadelphia?

A train ticket from Boston to Philadelphia usually costs around $152, since the Northeast Corridor is such a popular Amtrak route. By comparison, bus tickets are significantly cheaper, usually costing around $22.

What is the fastest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia?

The fastest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia to take a nonstop flight, which usually takes between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours. If speed isn’t an issue, it may be worth taking the bus. A one-way, nonstop flight from Boston to Philadelphia typically costs between $60 and $120, whereas the same trip by bus costs $21.79 on average.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Boston to Philadelphia 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 7 hours and 44 minutes to cover the 271 miles from Boston to Philadelphia. 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?

Because many passengers travel from Boston to Philadelphia 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, 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 the earliest and latest buses leave Boston?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Boston to Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 18 scheduled buses that travel from Boston to Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $32.00.

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.

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

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 Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert St) - PHLGLI-0

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Arrival stations

Philadelphia's Greyhound Bus Terminal is a popular bus station served by several intercity bus companies, including Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Conveniently located in downtown Philly, you can walk from the bus station to the nearby Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, and even Independence Hall (home of the Liberty Bell). The station is a comfortable place to begin your bus journey, with a snack bar, restrooms, and vending machines, as well as several nearby parking garages and quick bites. And if your destination is Philadelphia, the Greyhound Bus Terminal makes it easy to start your sightseeing or head to your hotel, thanks to the SEPTA subway stop half a block away.

Bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

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