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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity buses per day from Boston to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from Boston to Philadelphia usually takes around 7 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Peter Pan Lines bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Shortest duration6h 20m
Cheapest price$31.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Boston to Philadelphia

(Based on 41 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Marzia

July 17, 2022- Business

Greyhound

Pros: Bus was on time and the interior was nice and clean, staff were friendly, and passengers weren't disruptive. Cons: Ticket was overpriced; I would have preferred for the seats to be a bit wider and have more leg-space.

Pros: Bus was on time and the interior was nice and clean, staff were friendly, and passengers weren't disruptive. Cons: Ticket was overpriced; I would have preferred for the seats to be a bit wider and have more leg-space.

4.0

Bhavesh

June 2, 2022- Business

Greyhound

Try to be on time

Try to be on time

5.0

Elaina

May 6, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The courtesy of quietness. Cons: It was so cold!!!! Tips: Bring a blanket.

Pros: The courtesy of quietness. Cons: It was so cold!!!! Tips: Bring a blanket.

5.0

Aysan

November 27, 2021- Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The bus wasn’t much crowded, which was nice covid-wise. Cons: There was a dog on-board who would make noises all along. Tips: Wifi didn’t work properly and no outlets on-board.

Pros: The bus wasn’t much crowded, which was nice covid-wise. Cons: There was a dog on-board who would make noises all along. Tips: Wifi didn’t work properly and no outlets on-board.

4.0

Kurt

November 24, 2021- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: I had to transfer busses and even though the first bus was late leaving the station, the driver called ahead and the second bus was held for us. That was very nice, I dont know how I would have gotten home otherwise. Cons: The second bus driver was very nice but ...

Pros: I had to transfer busses and even though the first bus was late leaving the station, the driver called ahead and the second bus was held for us. That was very nice, I dont know how I would have gotten home otherwise. Cons: The second bus driver was very nice but waited to leave the station for 30 mins while talking about what movie the bus would watch as a whole and making sure everyone got snacks. A nice gesture but felt like an elementary field trip that just further delayed the trip. Tips: leave very early because long lines.

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How much is a bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia?

$44.62 is the average price of a bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia. Any tickets cheaper than $44.62 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

$75$50$25SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Boston to Philadelphia is expected to range from $38 to $61. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $42. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $38 and can be found on October 15, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in September. 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 Philadelphia in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $48 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 22 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $21.90 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 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 US48h 18m$59.26
Greyhound67h 57m$50.98
Peter Pan Lines47h 13m$57.65
  • 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 4 trips per day from Boston to Philadelphia, 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 Boston to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $31.

  • 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 Philadelphia, offering bus tickets as low as $55.

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.

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 Boston to Philadelphia?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 271 miles from Boston to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 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?

Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from Boston to Philadelphia. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Monday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Boston?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. 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 14 scheduled buses that travel from Boston to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 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 $33.00.

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 tasting 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. Head to Reading Terminal Market or join a history and food tour of the Italian Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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 - BOSSST-0

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Main departure station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • South Station Bus Terminal

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

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

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

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.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

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