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Journey Information

13 buses operate daily from Newark to Washington DC. The bus trip from Newark to Washington DC is usually about 5 hours and 21 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Greyhound bus can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance198 mi (318 km)
Shortest duration3h 25m
Cheapest price$23.00
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Newark to Washington

(Based on 72 ratings and reviews)




September 28, 2023

FlixBus US

One take Vamoose again, new nice bus



May 19, 2023- Visiting family


Pros: information transparency about change in pickup/drop-off place notification. Tips: Use Our Bus for safe and convenient travel.



October 26, 2022- Visiting family


The toilet need to be checked and cleaned



September 29, 2022- Regular commuter


Had a nice trip with our bus.



September 5, 2022- Visiting family


It was very pleasant

Newark to Washington DC Route Map

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Newark to Washington was $53.38. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 23 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $32.36 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date


For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way bus trip from Newark to Washington DC will range from $43 to $68. If you're planning to travel by bus to Washington in the upcoming week, the cheapest bus ticket from Newark you can find in the next 7 days is $43. Be sure to book your trip in advance as bus ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during June. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Newark to Washington DC, with the average price at just $43. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in September, when the average price goes up to $54. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your bus trip from Newark to Washington, book online with Wanderu at least 23 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $32.36 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

What bus companies travel from Newark to Washington DC?

There are 3 bus lines from Newark to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. 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 US45h 13m$71.52
Greyhound85h 27m$66.02
OurBus34h 37m$53.57
  • 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 Newark to Washington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 Newark to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 27 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $38.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from $23, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Newark to Washington if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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.

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.

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 21 minutes to cover the 198 miles from Newark to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 25 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by buses from Newark to Washington DC on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Newark to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Newark to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 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 $12.00.

City Information


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As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

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, or join a food tour of Georgetown to get a taste of the area’s culture along with its cuisine.

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 Newark?

Main departure station: 1 Raymond Plaza W

Buses to Washington DC leave from 3 stations in Newark.

All bus stations in Newark:

  • 1 Raymond Plaza W

  • Raymond Plaza E btwn Edison Pl & Ferry St

  • Newark Broad Street Station

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

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Main arrival station: Union Station

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.

All bus stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

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