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Journey Information

There are 71 intercity buses per day from New York to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from New York to Los Angeles usually takes around 72 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 63 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance2446 mi (3936 km)
Shortest duration63h 30m
Cheapest price$91.96
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

New York to Los Angeles Route Map

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

Bus tickets for a trip from New York to Los Angeles cost $155.32 on average. Bus tickets on this route can be a bit expensive due to the length of the trip. But even with a higher price tag, taking the bus is often more affordable than flying to Los Angeles. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

$360$240$120MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from New York to Los Angeles is expected to be between $162 and $357. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is June 4, 2024, when tickets are available for June 4, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $163.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from New York to Los Angeles is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $212. If you're planning to take the bus from New York to Los Angeles during December, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $379. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$525$420$315$210$1053020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 27 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $381.20 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Los Angeles?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from New York to Los Angeles that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 41 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US303d 1h 36m$365.83
Greyhound413d 0h 2m$290.13
  • 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 30 trips per day from New York to Los Angeles, 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 41 bus trips from New York to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 72 hours and 2 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $92.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 72 hours and 28 minutes to cover the 2446 miles from New York to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 63 hours and 30 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.

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

The first bus leaves at 1:00am 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.

There are 71 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from New York to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $291.00.

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. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

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?

Main departure station: Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

Buses to Los Angeles leave from 6 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • Chinatown - 28 Allen St (eastside b/w Hester and Canal St)

  • 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 47 Chrystie St

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Main arrival station: San Fernando Bus Station

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 9 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • 800 N Alameda St

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • Los Angeles Un Station Arrival

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • West LA - Expo/Sepulveda

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

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