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Bus Trip Information: New York to Los Angeles

There are 7 intercity buses per day from New York to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from New York to Los Angeles usually takes around 68 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 64 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance2446 mi (3936 km)
Shortest duration64h 35m
Cheapest price$168.00
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

New York to Los Angeles Route Map

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How much is a bus ticket from New York to Los Angeles?

$206.61 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Los Angeles. Bus tickets on this route can be more expensive due to the length of the trip. However, taking the bus can still be a good alternative to flying. 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 New York to Los Angeles is expected to range from $216 to $250. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $220. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $216 and can be found on May 24, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $199 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Los Angeles in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $262 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $97.35 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Los Angeles?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from New York to Los Angeles. Greyhound connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound72d 20h 15m$239.94
  • 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 7 bus trips from New York to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 68 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $168.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York to Los Angeles 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 from New York to Los Angeles?

The bus takes an average of 68 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 2446 miles from New York to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 64 hours and 35 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?

Buses departing from New York to Los Angeles tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Los Angeles, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Los Angeles 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 New York to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $226.00.

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

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Main departure station: Port Authority Bus Station

Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest bus station in New York City. First opened in 1950, it is the main Manhattan bus stop for various regional and nationwide bus carriers that provide intercity transportation to and from NYC such as Greyhound, NY Trailways, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and Ourbus, among many others. Port Authority’s central location just steps away from Times Square provides easy connections to various other forms of transportation, including 13 lines of the NYC Subway, 11 lines of the NYC Bus, over 60 lines of the NJ Transit Bus, and shuttle services to each of the three airports in New York’s metropolitan area. At the terminal, you will find a variety of fast food restaurants and convenience stores, as well as a USPS branch and a bowling alley.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

All buses from New York arrive at one main station in Los Angeles.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

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