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Journey Information

Newark to Washington DC bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$30.00
Shortest duration4h 15m
Trips per day6
Bus lines2

Newark to Washington DC Route Map

Newark Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

How expensive are bus tickets from Newark to Washington, DC?

Bus tickets from Newark to Washington, DC cost an average of $14, although tickets can be found for as cheap as $1. There are three bus companies that service this route — BoltBus, Greyhound and OurBus. Of those, OurBus has the cheapest average ticket at about $14.

Is Newark to Washington, DC a good day-trip?

Because the fastest possible duration for this route is 4 hours and 15 minutes one-way, planning a day-trip from Newark to Washington is probably not a good idea. The earliest bus for Washington departs at 7:00 a.m. EDT, and the latest return leaves around 11:00 p.m., so a day-trip is possible — however, the day would be exhausting and you might run out of time to visit all the sites in DC.

Is there a train that goes from Newark to DC?

There are 8 Amtrak lines that travel regularly between Newark and Washington, DC, including the Amtrak Acela, Northeast Regional and Amtrak Cardinal. All of these routes are direct, with no necessary transfers, and the fastest possible train trip takes around 2 hours and 37 minutes to get to DC. The average ticket costs about $111 for this route, with the earliest train departing at 3:00 a.m. EDT and the latest train leaving at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Newark 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 much is a bus ticket from Newark to Washington DC?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $30.00 was the low point for bus fares from Newark to Washington. Buses from Washington DC to Newark are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $30.00 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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $17.44 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 52 minutes to cover the 198 miles (318 kilometers) from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 15 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?

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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Newark?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Newark to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Newark 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 Newark to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $39.00.

What bus companies travel from Newark to Washington DC?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Newark, New Jersey to Washington, District of Columbia. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 6 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound66h 53m$38.77
OurBus14h 45m$35.90

Book Greyhound from Newark to Washington from $35. There are 6 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Newark to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay $39 for a Greyhound ticket to Washington. In Newark, Greyhound departs to Washington from Penn Station, In Washington, Greyhound arrives at Union Station, An average trip on Greyhound from Newark to Washington takes 6 hours and 53 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Washington in 4 hours and 15 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $41 for a weekend trip to Washington.

Book OurBus from Newark to Washington from $30. Typically there is one OurBus schedule per day from Newark to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay $36 for a OurBus ticket to Washington. In Newark, OurBus departs to Washington from Raymond Plaza E btwn Edison Pl & Ferry St, In Washington, OurBus arrives at Stadium-Armory + Bus Bay H - 25 19th St SE, An average trip on OurBus from Newark to Washington takes 4 hours and 45 minutes, while the fastest available OurBus trip will get you to Washington in 4 hours and 15 minutes, On weekends, OurBus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $36 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Washington.

Price trends for buses from Newark to Washington DC

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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC

(Based on 55 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Dena

March 1, 2020 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The bus was almost filled before the time it was scheduled to come. Some people were turned away and I got one of the last seats. I bought my ticket in advance and waited by the door for the bus and was confused as to how this happened. Cons: Selling tickets for ... Pros: The bus was almost filled before the time it was scheduled to come. Some people were turned away and I got one of the last seats. I bought my ticket in advance and waited by the door for the bus and was confused as to how this happened. Cons: Selling tickets for the number of seats on the bus. Tips: Purchase in advance and get there early!More

4.0

Paul

January 27, 2020 - Vacation

BoltBus

Pros: Comfortable trip. Convenient. Dropped us off at a very good spot, the Union Station which made it easy to transfer to metro services. Cons: It was a little confusing about where to wait for the bus, but maybe because we are not experienced at taking busses. Pros: Comfortable trip. Convenient. Dropped us off at a very good spot, the Union Station which made it easy to transfer to metro services. Cons: It was a little confusing about where to wait for the bus, but maybe because we are not experienced at taking busses.

4.0

Folly

January 20, 2020 - Visiting friends

OurBus

Pros: The driver was fine. Cons: Everything was fine. Pros: The driver was fine. Cons: Everything was fine.

5.0

James

January 13, 2020 - Visiting family

OurBus

Bus very clean and comfortableBus very clean and comfortable

4.0

Pamella

January 2, 2020 - Visiting family

BoltBus

Pros: Bus was new and was very clean and pleasant smelling for a change. Cons: It was a Greyhound bus and we were a bit confused. the driver, Tabitha, was wearing a Bolt vest so that was helpful and she announced that it was the Bolt bus going to DC so that was very h... Pros: Bus was new and was very clean and pleasant smelling for a change. Cons: It was a Greyhound bus and we were a bit confused. the driver, Tabitha, was wearing a Bolt vest so that was helpful and she announced that it was the Bolt bus going to DC so that was very helpful seeing that there were 4 Greyhound buses boarding at the same time. Tips: Be considerate of others when playing music and having loud cell phone ringtones and loud telephone conversations.More

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