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Journey Information

There are 43 intercity buses per day from New York to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from New York to Philadelphia usually takes around one hour and 59 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 40 minutes.

Distance81 mi (130 km)
Shortest duration0h 40m
Cheapest price$9.00
Trips per day42
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 247 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Clara

September 4, 2021- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Non stop, Express. Cons: Outlet to charge phone. Keep noises down. Give others to relax or sleep. Music down. Tips: Air fresheners on the bus needed.

Pros: Non stop, Express. Cons: Outlet to charge phone. Keep noises down. Give others to relax or sleep. Music down. Tips: Air fresheners on the bus needed.

5.0

Linda

September 1, 2021- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

We were late because of hurricane Ida I’m sure. The driver was efficient and focused and drove well through the storm. We were lucky. All in all it was a great trip.

We were late because of hurricane Ida I’m sure. The driver was efficient and focused and drove well through the storm. We were lucky. All in all it was a great trip.

5.0

Aida

August 28, 2021- Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Very convenient, and peaceful ; quick ride and smooth. Will do it again. Cons: nothing. Tips: it is worth the price and safe. No delay.

Pros: Very convenient, and peaceful ; quick ride and smooth. Will do it again. Cons: nothing. Tips: it is worth the price and safe. No delay.

4.0

Frank

August 28, 2021- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: Pretty simple, great staff, comfortable ride. Cons: Better signage at station, but the staff was helpful. Tips: I would do it again.

Pros: Pretty simple, great staff, comfortable ride. Cons: Better signage at station, but the staff was helpful. Tips: I would do it again.

5.0

Devanshu

August 22, 2021- Visiting friends

Wanda Coach

THE best driver ever

THE best driver ever

New York to Philadelphia Route Map

New York Philadelphia

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

$15.00 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Philadelphia. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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 Philadelphia is expected to range from $13 to $19. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $13. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $13 and can be found on October 19, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $14 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Philadelphia in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $19 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 $4.21 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Philadelphia?

There are 5 bus lines from New York to Philadelphia. With 16 daily trips, Greyhound 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
FlixBus US101h 58m$13.32
Greyhound162h 18m$19.50
PandaNY Bus42h 15m$20.00
Peter Pan Lines91h 50m$16.77
Wanda Coach52h 0m$18.00
  • 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 16 bus trips from New York to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 18 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $15.

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  • 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 Philadelphia, with prices starting from $20.

  • 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 9 bus trips every day during the week and 10 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between New York and Philadelphia, offering bus tickets as low as $9.
  • 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 $18 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 Philadelphia.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of one hour and 59 minutes to cover the 81 miles from New York to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 40 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Philadelphia. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 43 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 42 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 Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $18.00.

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.

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

New York, NY -  Port Authority Bus Station - NYCPAS-0

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Port Authority Bus Terminal

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.

Bus stations in New York:

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

  • 87 Division Street

  • 127 East Broadway

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert St) - PHLGLI-0

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Greyhound Bus Terminal

Philadelphia's Greyhound Bus Terminal is a popular bus station served by several intercity bus companies, including Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Conveniently located in downtown Philly, you can walk from the bus station to the nearby Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, and even Independence Hall (home of the Liberty Bell). The station is a comfortable place to begin your bus journey, with a snack bar, restrooms, and vending machines, as well as several nearby parking garages and quick bites. And if your destination is Philadelphia, the Greyhound Bus Terminal makes it easy to start your sightseeing or head to your hotel, thanks to the SEPTA subway stop half a block away.

Bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

  • 55-57 N 11th St

  • 2329 Cottman Ave

  • 722 Adams Ave

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