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Journey Information

There are 19 intercity buses per day from New York to Columbus. Traveling by bus from New York to Columbus usually takes around 18 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 12 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance476 mi (766 km)
Shortest duration12h 55m
Cheapest price$44.48
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from New York to Columbus

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Rebecca

January 1, 2022- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: I got where I needed to go safely and at a reasonable price. Cons: The WiFi is "free" but so limited that you can only download a few email messages before you've spent through it. I had to buy the platinum AND the gold plans (both supposedly 24 hours of access but with little data) to stay connected throughout my 13 hour ride. Tips: Pack food. The only "meal stop" was 10 minutes long and that wasn't time for everyone who got in line to check out with their cold convenience store food.

4.0

Djomba

May 31, 2021- Visiting family

Wanda Coach

Pros: Time. Cons: Communication. Tips: Comfort.

5.0

Rosalie Lydia

May 1, 2021- Visiting family

Wanda Coach

Pros: I was traveling to Ohio, Columbus we started at 9 pm we arrived on time. The staff wasn't very talkative but they got the job done and dropped me in one piece in no time,. Cons: There should be WIFI and outlet in the bus.

4.0

Michael

August 28, 2019- Business

Greyhound

Pros: It was fast and had space. Cons: I was sitting on a seat that was facing backward. I continued to slide down as the seat belt wouldnt secure. Tips: No.

How much is a bus ticket from New York to Columbus?

Bus tickets for a trip from New York to Columbus cost $83.06 on average. While it’s a bit pricey for a bus ticket, it’s still significantly more cost-effective than flying. 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

$120$80$40FebMar

If you're planning to travel by bus from New York to Columbus in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $84 to $116. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on March 19, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Columbus this week, bus tickets are available starting at $87.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from New York to Columbus is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $95. If you're planning to take the bus from New York to Columbus during March, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $119. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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 26 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $85.68 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Columbus?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from New York to Columbus that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 11 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US721h 4m$112.07
Greyhound1118h 4m$103.30
  • 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 7 trips per day from New York to Columbus, 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 11 bus trips from New York to Columbus every day, with the average journey taking around 18 hours and 4 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Columbus usually start from $44.

Frequently Asked Questions

Columbus, Ohio, is 533 miles (858 kilometers) west and slightly south of the state of New York. Most of the route to get there is through Pennsylvania on I-76 W.
You can take a train part of the way from New York to Columbus, Ohio, but there are no direct trains. You’ll have to take a bus at least from Pittsburgh to Columbus, which Amtrak does facilitate through their Amtrak Thruway service. The shortest trip, however, takes about 19 hours and 30 minutes. You’re probably better off taking a direct bus from New York, which takes as little as 11 hours 40 minutes to get there.
A drive from New York to Columbus, Ohio, takes about 8 hours 50 minutes, not counting the amount of time it takes for rest stops and buying gas. It takes a bus between 11 hours 40 minutes and 15 hours to get from New York to Columbus, based on traffic conditions and whether the bus is making any additional stops.

The bus takes an average of 18 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 476 miles from New York to Columbus. However, the fastest bus only takes 12 hours and 55 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Columbus at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Columbus, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 19 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Columbus 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 Columbus; ticket prices start at $139.00.

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.

Columbus

Brimming with life and cultural events, Columbus is the affordable destination of your dreams! Featuring a budding art scene, Columbus attracts art lovers through the exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Arts where children and adults alike can indulge in thought-provoking artworks. Fans of sports should not miss out on a baseball game at Huntington Park, which offers reasonably-priced tickets; it is also rarely crowded. For those who simply want to stroll about, the German Village offers a quaint and scenic view rarely seen elsewhere.

As the sun goes down, dig deeper into the German heritage of Columbus by enjoying a traditional schnitzel dish at the Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus. When you are looking for a quick snack, Bodega serves some of the best sandwiches in town, and there are up to 47 varieties of craft beers for you to choose from.

Columbus’ busiest bus station is located on E Town St., and it offers intercity bus trips to Cleveland, Chicago, New York and many other cities. The Columbus Union Station was the first union station ever built, and it’s served by Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited train lines. The local airport, the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, is located on the east side of the city, 6 miles east of Downtown. It provides access to 31 other airports.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

Main departure station: Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

Buses to Columbus leave from 5 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

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

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

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

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

Where does the bus arrive in Columbus?

Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St  - CMHGLI2-0

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Main arrival station: Columbus, OH (Bus Station)

The Bus Terminal at 111 E Town St is Columbus’ hub for intercity bus service on a variety of carriers including Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Miller Transportation, Barons Bus Lines, and Amtrak Thruway. Conveniently located in downtown Columbus, the station’s area features several parking lots, hotels, and fast food restaurants. The waiting area within the station building includes restrooms, vending machines, and even arcade-style games if you’re prone to boredom while waiting for the bus. From this station, you can travel to destinations including Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York.

All bus stations in Columbus:

  • Columbus, OH (Bus Station)

  • 4600 International Gateway

  • Ohio State University

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