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Journey Information

There are 7 intercity buses per day from New York to Columbus. Traveling by bus from New York to Columbus usually takes around 14 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 12 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance476 mi (766 km)
Shortest duration12h 50m
Cheapest price$75.00
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall 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 ...

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.

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4.0

Djomba

May 31, 2021- Visiting family

Wanda Coach

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

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.

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.

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?

$85.33 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Columbus. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper 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

$105$70$35JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from New York to Columbus is expected to range from $85 to $92. If you are looking to travel to Columbus within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $85. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $85 and can be found on January 27, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in August. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $65 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Columbus in February, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $78 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $39.13 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Columbus?

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

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound714h 8m$93.83
  • 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 Columbus every day, with the average journey taking around 14 hours and 8 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Columbus usually start from $73.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distance from New York to Columbus, Ohio?

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.

Is there a train from New York to Columbus, Ohio?

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.

How long is the drive from New York to Columbus, Ohio?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York to Columbus 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 Columbus?

The bus takes an average of 14 hours and 7 minutes to cover the 476 miles from New York to Columbus. However, the fastest bus only takes 12 hours and 50 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?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from New York to Columbus. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Columbus, 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 Columbus every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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 $92.00.

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.

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?

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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 Columbus?

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St

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:

  • Bus Terminal - 111 E Town St

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