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Boston to Philadelphia bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$1.00
Shortest Duration6h 0m
Trips per day23
bus carriers4
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Overall score for Boston to Philadelphia
4.6
Based on 31 reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with BoltBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 43 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.5
Staff
4.3
Value
3.5
Condition
4.1
Madeline
4.0
February 15, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Clean bus, good driver!
Cons
Working wifi, air rests between seats
Olutayo
4.0
January 23, 2020Business
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 ve...More
Cons
Response time to resolving technical issues that developed on the highway.
Megan
4.0
January 11, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Driver was nice
Cons
Seat was cramped and uncomfortable
Michael
5.0
October 20, 2019Visiting friends
Cons
An Outlet was broken, foot rest missing on a few seats.
Mary
4.0
September 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I loved not having to drive and having all that time in the bus to myself. I loved seeing my son! Nice to be able to do all this in just a weekend.
Cons
Better communication from the driver as to times expected to arrive would have been nice. Also, he left the bus for about five minutes or so, going into a building, closing the bus door behind him. It’s good he close the door, I just felt like he wasn’t there just in...More
Tips
Bring layers so you can be warm enough, get in line early if you want to sit closer to the front, travel light.

Based on 7 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.7
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Nancy
5.0
January 22, 2020Visiting family
Pros
It was on time!
Cons
The outlets need to be replaced!!
Natalie
5.0
December 1, 2019
Cons
The desk attendant helped a customer behind me in the ticket line that was waiting to board the same bus I was. When I spoke up and said that I was in line first the desk attendant said "It's too early for this. You don't have to do this today. I just asked him a simple...More
Nancy
5.0
December 3, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The driver was a very good driver
Mary
4.0
November 16, 2019Visiting family
Cons
It's a real bummer Greyhound doesn't have wifi

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
2.5
Staff
3.5
Value
2.5
Condition
3.0

Based on 10 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
4.6
Staff
4.6
Value
3.4
Condition
4.4
Molly
5.0
February 28, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The bus was mostly empty so I had a seat to myself and the wifi worked
Nancy
5.0
February 22, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The bus driver was very competent and courteous!
Chanakya Varma
5.0
December 19, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The second bus from new york to Philadelphia is not that good.
Bary
5.0
December 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
fast and comfortable
Cons
price
William
5.0
September 26, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The easiness of travel & the ability to relax

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.

How much does a bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Boston to Philadelphia were $23.84.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Boston to Philadelphia is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 19 days out, tickets are on average $7.97 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Boston to Philadelphia?

The distance between Boston and Philadelphia is approximately 270.84 miles, or 435.77 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 7 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Boston to Philadelphia?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Boston to Philadelphia by bus is usually on Saturday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Thursday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Boston to Philadelphia?

On average there are 23 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from Boston to Philadelphia, with an average of 12.721 trips per day and 194 monthly trips. 4 bus carriers serve the route from Boston to Philadelphia. Of the 23 trips there are 4 trips that are direct connections to Philadelphia.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Boston to Philadelphia start at $59.00.

4 carriers offer Boston to Philadelphia bus trips

BoltBus

Book BoltBus from Boston to Philadelphia from $1.00. There are 1.571429 trips per day offered by BoltBus from Boston to Philadelphia and you can expect on average to pay $27.64 for a BoltBus ticket to Philadelphia. In Boston, BoltBus departs to Philadelphia from South Station Bus Terminal, In Philadelphia, BoltBus arrives at 30th St Station - 3101 John F Kennedy Blvd,

An average trip on BoltBus from Boston to Philadelphia takes 6 hours and 43 minutes, while the fastest available BoltBus trip will get you to Philadelphia in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, BoltBus offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $28.34 for a weekend trip to Philadelphia.

Avg. Time
6h 43m
Avg. Price
$27.64

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Boston to Philadelphia from $21.00. There are 12.721311 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Boston to Philadelphia and you can expect on average to pay $25.16 for a Greyhound ticket to Philadelphia. In Boston, Greyhound departs to Philadelphia from South Station Bus Terminal, In Philadelphia, Greyhound arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St,

An average trip on Greyhound from Boston to Philadelphia takes 7 hours and 50 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Philadelphia in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 13.941176 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $29.06 for a weekend trip to Philadelphia.

Avg. Time
7h 50m
Avg. Price
$25.16

Megabus

Book Megabus from Boston to Philadelphia from $10.00. There are 1.016949 trips per day offered by Megabus from Boston to Philadelphia and you can expect on average to pay $31.31 for a Megabus ticket to Philadelphia. In Boston, Megabus departs to Philadelphia from South Station Bus Terminal, In Philadelphia, Megabus arrives at 30th St Station - 3101 John F Kennedy Blvd,

An average trip on Megabus from Boston to Philadelphia takes 7 hours and 1 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Philadelphia in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 1.0625 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $41.08 for a weekend trip to Philadelphia.

Avg. Time
7h 1m
Avg. Price
$31.31

Peter Pan Lines

Book Peter Pan Lines from Boston to Philadelphia from $25.50. There are 8.77193 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from Boston to Philadelphia and you can expect on average to pay $36.62 for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Philadelphia. In Boston, Peter Pan Lines departs to Philadelphia from South Station Bus Terminal and one other station. In Philadelphia, Peter Pan Lines arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St,

An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Boston to Philadelphia takes 7 hours and 19 minutes, while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Philadelphia in 6 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 11.9375 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $38.69 for a weekend trip to Philadelphia.

Avg. Time
7h 19m
Avg. Price
$36.62
There are 2 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Philadelphia will depart from these stations in Boston:
  • South Station Bus Terminal
  • Logan Intl Airport
Buses arrive in Philadelphia at 2 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Philadelphia for trips arriving from Boston:
  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St
  • 30th St Station - 3101 John F Kennedy Blvd

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