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Journey Information

There are 101 intercity buses per day from New York to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from New York to Washington DC usually takes around 4 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest Megabus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance204 mi (328 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price$5.74
Trips per day87
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines12

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from New York to Washington

(Based on 1340 ratings and reviews)




April 5, 2024- Business

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: I appreciated the simple on-board process. Sometimes riding can be tricky when it comes to too hot or cold, but I felt the driver was aware and adjusted the temperature throughout the ride. Cons: Communication from the driver was a little inconsistent. We received an announcement about our departure, where we going, etc., and when we took a break at a rest stop, but when we reached Baltimore, there was no announcement. So when we pulled in, the driver got off, returned a few minutes later, and was in the middle of backing out when passengers from the back of the bus called out asking if we were in Baltimore. Even the second driver we had picked up at the rest stop, did not say anything. It would be helpful to take the time and over-communicate if needed, especially if passengers may not understand English that well. Repeat destinations, arrivals, and common courtesies while riding on a Coach with other passengers. Tips: You may know your destination, and try to stay aware of where you are along your journey. Do not depend on the driver to tell you where you are along the way. And be sure to bring headphones to use while riding,.



April 4, 2024- Solo travel


Pros: Normal trip. Cons: No wifi on bus should be better have it. Next time.



April 2, 2024- Solo travel


Pros: It's cheap. Cons: Wi-Fi Hygiene, cleanliness and time management.



March 31, 2024- Visiting family


Pros: I liked how quiet and non problem it was. Cons: The temperature. Tips: Bring a blanket and/or pillow to be more comfortable. Make sure you are wearing a cozy jacket, it’s cold.



March 26, 2024- Business

Peter Pan Lines

My trip was so comfortable and effortlessly efficient. Clean atmosphere, friendly staff and enjoy ride. Price was amazing!

New York to Washington DC Route Map

New York Washington

How much is a bus ticket from New York to Washington DC?

Bus tickets for a trip from New York to Washington DC cost $26.53 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. 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


Bus tickets from New York to Washington DC are expected to cost between $22 and $44 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Washington DC within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $25. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

Bus tickets from New York to Washington DC are at their cheapest average price in January. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $33. On the other hand, traveling on this route during July might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for July trips cost $42, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 29 days in advance to save up to $32.74.

What bus companies travel from New York to Washington DC?

There are 12 bus lines from New York to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 32 daily trips, FlixBus US 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
BestBus34h 8m$41.29
BestBus Prime14h 8m$53.98
CoachRun14h 0m$30.06
FlixBus US324h 44m$39.96
Greyhound225h 43m$46.14
Megabus174h 38m$28.60
OurBus24h 41m$21.25
Peter Pan Lines154h 58m$29.90
The Jet24h 4m$131.87
Tripper Bus24h 59m$48.41
Wanda Coach54h 1m$30.00
Washington Deluxe34h 48m$41.58
  • BestBus is known for offering affordable bus tickets to destinations across the Northeast, including New York and Washington, with 3 daily trips on average. BestBus is green-certified, offers free Wi-Fi and water onboard, and earned the #1 spot as a Students' Favorite and a Commuters’ Favorite in the 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Awards.

  • BestBus Prime is the luxury bus service offered by BestBus, delivering a business class-level of service throughout the Northeast. BestBus Prime provides free water to all passengers, free Wi-Fi, squeaky-clean restrooms, and 110V outlets under every seat. So relax in comfortable, extra-wide leather seats, stretch out in the extra legroom, and enjoy free movie streaming while BestBus Prime takes you to your destination.

  • Book CoachRun from New York to Washington from $18. Typically there is one CoachRun schedule per day from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a CoachRun ticket to Washington. In New York, CoachRun departs to Washington from 127 East Broadway . In Washington, CoachRun arrives at 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE .

    An average trip on CoachRun from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 0 minutes , while the fastest available CoachRun trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, CoachRun offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Washington.

  • 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 32 trips per day from New York 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 22 bus trips from New York to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 43 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $9.

  • Book Megabus from New York to Washington from $6. There are 17 trips per day offered by Megabus from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Washington. In New York, Megabus departs to Washington from New York W 34th St & 12th Ave . In Washington, Megabus arrives at Union Station .

    An average trip on Megabus from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 38 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 24 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

  • 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 $14, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from New York to Washington if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington from $7. There are 15 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Washington. In New York, Peter Pan Lines departs to Washington from Port Authority Bus Station . In Washington, Peter Pan Lines arrives at Union Station .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 58 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 21 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

  • Although still in its infancy, The Jet Coach is shaking up bus travel by providing luxury services at affordable prices. With leather-clad Hoverseats, 6 feet of leg room, and complimentary in-seat drink and snack service, you get the luxury of a private jet with the affordability of bus travel.

  • Tripper Bus is a bus service based in the New York City area, offering high-quality bus rides at affordable costs. The company provides intercity bus transportation between NYC and Arlington, VA, and Bethesda, MD. The service is famous for its cheap tickets, convenient travel times, and great amenities, including free WiFi, electrical outlets, and entertainment services. The carrier's buses pull up close to transit stops, making it extra convenient for you to move around.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 5 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $30 and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking to travel between the Chinatown districts of New York and Washington.

  • Washington Deluxe is committed to providing passengers safety and comfort on its routes between Washington, D.C. and New York City. Each bus features a wide range of luxury amenities such as free onboard WiFi and electrical outlets to stay well-connected. Washington Deluxe usually offers 3 bus trips from New York to Washington every day, with ticket prices as low as .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 204 miles from New York to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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.

Because many passengers travel from New York to Washington DC at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

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 Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 101 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Washington DC every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 87 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 Washington DC; ticket prices start at $20.00.

City Information

New York


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.

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 New York?

New York Midtown (31st St & 8th Ave) Bus stop - NYCGOB2-0

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Main departure station: 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

Buses to Washington DC leave from 15 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

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

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • New York W 34th St & 12th Ave

  • Port Authority Bus Station

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

  • 417 W 34th St

  • 103 Canal St

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • 381 11th Ave

  • Opp 320 W 31st St/btwn 8th & 9th Ave.

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • Hudson Yards

  • 40 Empire Blvd

  • 127 East Broadway

  • TD Bank - 72 Allen St

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

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

  • Union Station

  • 2230 New York Ave NE

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

  • Dupont Cir MA Ave

  • Metro Ctr - Washington DC

  • 1610 Connecticut Ave NW

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

  • 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

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