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Altoona - Pittsburgh Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Altoona to Pittsburgh. Traveling by bus from Altoona to Pittsburgh usually takes around 3 hours and 40 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance84 mi (136 km)
Shortest duration3h 40m
Cheapest price$24.49
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Altoona to Pittsburgh?

Bus tickets for a trip from Altoona to Pittsburgh cost $25.76 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


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Altoona to Pittsburgh is expected to be between $24 and $30. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is May 30, 2024, when tickets are available for May 30, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $24.

Monthly avg. prices

Taking the bus from Altoona to Pittsburgh is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $23. If you're planning to take the bus from Altoona to Pittsburgh during September, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $29. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 11 days in advance to save $0.39 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Altoona to Pittsburgh?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Altoona to Pittsburgh that you can compare and book on Wanderu. However, each company only runs one bus per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway13h 40m$30.26
Greyhound13h 40m$25.72
  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Altoona to Pittsburgh start at $30. On average, there are 1 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • 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 1 bus trips from Altoona to Pittsburgh every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Pittsburgh usually start from $24.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 40 minutes to cover the 84 miles from Altoona to Pittsburgh. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Pittsburgh, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 2:00pm and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Altoona to Pittsburgh, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Altoona to Pittsburgh. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Altoona to Pittsburgh; ticket prices start at $23.00.

City Information


Altoona, PA, US - ALT-0

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Altoona is a central Pennsylvania city located deep in the Alleghany Mountains, with prominent landmarks that appeal to art and history buffs and rail fans. The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark is a popular engineering site, while Altoona features skiable mountains with challenging slopes at Blue Knob and locations for mountain biking, tennis, swimming, and golf. Train fans can also check out the Railroaders Memorial Museum, while other landmarks include the Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament, Mishler Theatre, and Jaffa Shrine Center. Families can visit Lakemont Park with roller coasters, picnic spaces, and water slides.

Beer lovers will enjoy Altoona for its breweries and festivals, like the Annual Beer Wine Spirits Festival, Rails & Ales Brewfest, and the Annual Tyrone Hops & Vines Festivals. The city is always bustling with things to do, like live music shows, spoken word nights, yoga, and flower workshops. There are also several breweries to visit and bustling nightlife in the downtown area.

Hop on an Amtrak train or Amtrak Thruway bus to get to the city from anywhere in the country. Within Altoona, the Altoona Metro Transit provides bus and paratransit services to residents.


Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Altoona?

Main departure station: 1231 11th Ave

Most buses depart from the main station in Altoona.

All bus stations in Altoona:

  • 1231 11th Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr  - PGHIMS-0

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Main arrival station: Pittsburgh Intermodal/Grant St Trans Ctr

The Grant Street Transportation Center on 11th St is the primary transportation hub of the city. It sits right across the street from the Amtrak Station, and its downtown location makes it convenient to access all of Pittsburgh. The station offers intercity bus services from popular lines such as Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Jefferson Lines, with destinations including New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. Ample parking is available at the station, and surrounding amenities include multiple hotels and takeout venues.

All bus stations in Pittsburgh:

  • Pittsburgh Intermodal/Grant St Trans Ctr

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