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Journey Information

There are 62 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 30 minutes, but the fastest BestBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours,

Distance204 mi (328 km)
Shortest duration3h 0m
Cheapest price$15.00
Trips per day61
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines9

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Washington, DC

(Based on 538 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

irene

November 16, 2021- Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: It was smooth and easy. Cons: have wifi work or else usb charge outlets.

Pros: It was smooth and easy. Cons: have wifi work or else usb charge outlets.

5.0

Matthew

November 14, 2021- Vacation

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: All good, fair price. Cons: Telling us where the bus is when we arrive at the Port Authority in New York.

Pros: All good, fair price. Cons: Telling us where the bus is when we arrive at the Port Authority in New York.

5.0

Andrew

November 14, 2021- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Comfy chairs. Cons: Faster WIFI please! Tips: Great deal!

Pros: Comfy chairs. Cons: Faster WIFI please! Tips: Great deal!

2.0

Shasank

November 13, 2021- Solo travel

OurBus

The bus was so late. We were in the bus for more 6 hours.

The bus was so late. We were in the bus for more 6 hours.

5.0

Tyi

November 12, 2021- Solo travel

BestBus

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New York to Washington DC Route Map

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

$27.90 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Washington DC. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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 Washington DC is expected to range from $22 to $48. If you are looking to travel to Washington DC within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $23. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $22 and can be found on December 7, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from New York to Washington DC by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $34 whenever you decide to travel.

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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $7.80 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Washington DC?

There are 9 bus lines from New York to Washington DC available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 19 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
BestBus44h 6m$37.92
BestBus Prime14h 7m$53.09
FlixBus US194h 38m$27.71
Greyhound135h 47m$44.44
OurBus54h 12m$36.98
PandaNY Bus54h 11m$38.04
Peter Pan Lines74h 24m$40.29
Wanda Coach54h 1m$30.01
Washington Deluxe54h 20m$35.74
  • BestBus

    BestBus

    Book BestBus from New York to Washington from $25. There are 4 trips per day offered by BestBus from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a BestBus ticket to Washington. In New York, BestBus departs to Washington from 417 W 34th St . In Washington, BestBus arrives at Union Station and one other station.

    An average trip on BestBus from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 6 minutes , while the fastest available BestBus trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, BestBus offers 9 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

  • BestBus Prime

    BestBus Prime

    Book BestBus Prime from New York to Washington from $40. Typically there is one BestBus Prime schedule per day from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a BestBus Prime ticket to Washington. In New York, BestBus Prime departs to Washington from 417 W 34th St . In Washington, BestBus Prime arrives at Union Station and one other station.

    An average trip on BestBus Prime from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 7 minutes , while the fastest available BestBus Prime trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, BestBus Prime offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 19 trips per day from New York to Washington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 13 bus trips from New York to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 47 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $33.

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  • OurBus

    OurBus

    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 $15, 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.

  • PandaNY Bus

    PandaNY Bus

    Panda NY Bus is an American bus company known as a Chinatown bus line that conducts trips to and from some of the largest and most unique Chinatown districts on the eastern seaboard. Aboard Panda NY buses, you can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets, comfortable reclining seats, and a restroom. Panda NY offers some of the cheapest bus tickets from New York to Washington, with prices starting from $35.

  • Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Bus Lines is one of the biggest bus carriers in the Northeast region of the United States. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company offers affordable bus tickets and comfortable bus trips to over a dozen destinations across nine states and the District of Columbia. Peter Pan is known for their reliable bus service and green certified modern coaches that offer amenities such as onboard restrooms, free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom between seats. Running an average of 7 bus trips every day during the week and 8 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between New York and Washington, offering bus tickets as low as $29.
  • Wanda Coach

    Wanda Coach

    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

    Washington Deluxe

    Book Washington Deluxe from New York to Washington from $35. There are 5 trips per day offered by Washington Deluxe from New York to Washington DC and you can expect on average to pay for a Washington Deluxe ticket to Washington. In New York, Washington Deluxe departs to Washington from 202-230 West 36th St . In Washington, Washington Deluxe arrives at Dupont Cir CT Ave and one other station.

    An average trip on Washington Deluxe from New York to Washington takes 4 hours and 20 minutes , while the fastest available Washington Deluxe trip will get you to Washington in 3 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Washington Deluxe offers 6 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Washington.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does taking the bus compare to taking a train or a flight from New York to DC?

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to get from New York to Washington, D.C., but it will take a bit longer than other forms of transportation. Bus tickets usually cost about $20, and the trip generally lasts 4 to 5 hours.

A nonstop, one-way ticket for a flight from New York to DC takes about 1 hour 20 minutes and has an average cost of $124. It’s generally recommended that you arrive at JFK airport 2 hours before your domestic flight, which will bump up the total time to 3 hours 20 minutes. Additional baggage fees vary by airline.

A train from NYC to DC usually takes 3 to 3.5 hours, and you can expect to pay between $90 and $190 for your ticket.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York 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 long is the bus ride from New York to Washington?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 204 miles from New York to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours. 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

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, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 62 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 61 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 $29.00.

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.

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, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

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?

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Departure stations

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

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

  • 417 W 34th St

  • 28 Allen St

  • 103 Canal St

  • 202-230 West 36th St

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

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

  • 456 Rodney Street (Brooklyn)

  • Madison Ave btwn E. 26th and 27th St

  • 367-417 W 34th St

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • AMC/Modell's Sporting Goods Lot

  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

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Arrival stations

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

  • 550 New York Avenue NW

  • 2305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

  • 3355 Benning Rd NE

  • Dupont Cir MA Ave

  • Union Station, Slip 29

  • Dupont Cir CT Ave

  • Stadium-Armory Metro Station

  • Union Station Bus Terminal

  • Metro Center 11th St NW (b/w F & G St)

  • Madame Tussauds Museum

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