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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. Traveling by bus from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh usually takes around 4 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance164 mi (264 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price$40.99
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh

(Based on 17 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Darrien

November 26, 2022- Solo travel

OurBus

On time, friendly driver, very clean bus.

5.0

Pamela

September 30, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Bus was clean. Good price on ticket. Bus driver corteous and friendly. Cons: Pick up time!!

5.0

Mark

November 28, 2021- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Very easy to schedule and plan on the app. Cons: There was no bus number on the ticket provided through the bus provider. I was a little nervous about the bus arriving. But it did. And everything was great. Tips: Great app it works well.

5.0

Natalia

November 27, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Good contact with personel and was a lot of place to sit. Cons: The restroom should be more clean and smell better. Tips: Everything was fine.

5.0

Christina

November 14, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: The driver was exceptionally orgranizecd and a no-nonsense one. He clearly detailed his expectations as far as behavior/rules on the bus as well as the next destantion with approximnate times. For anyone riding the bus for the first time, the bus drivier constantly giving us the Where, When, and Why?, will help take of the edge as we travel. Also, knowing that he took the no tolerance for loud music, conversations seriously, made my ride a lot more comfortable ane enjoyable. Cons: The excellent bus driver, clean bus and bathroom were exceptionally top tier. Accessing the wifi was a challenge. It was dissapointing to see a video pop up not knowing that the wifi options would be available immediately. To anyone trying to access the wifi would probably think the following; a. Why am I watching this video? b. Where is the wifi selection? c. Where is the FREE wifi selection? If there was an indication taht you had to finish watching the video. A message. A note. A reminder that said," To access the free wifi, please watch the vidoe until the end" . This sort of instruction would have helped me with accesing the free wifi. In addition, it was hard finding the "free wifi". The next window popped up for "premium" acess but charged. The lettering for the wifie was too wordy and you really had to concentrate to find "the free wifi". Tips: 1. Communicate with the bus driver before baording the bus. Make sure he/she knows what your final destiantion is despite him asking you. This way he/she know may remember and remind you. 2. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking on the bus. We all need to get to our destiantion. A lot of us are exhausted and sensitive to noise. Your behavior will cause too much problems for the bus driver, the passengers and those who need to take care of you. 3. Travel light. You don't need those extra outfits! Some, undergarments, socks, and appropriate clothing for the local weather. 4. Present yourself as a representative of your city and/or state. You will meet a lot of people on your way to your final destination. it's nice to leave a great impression of who you are and whee you are from!

How much is a bus ticket from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh?

Bus tickets for a trip from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh cost $44.29 on average. Tickets cheaper than $44.29 are an excellent bargain. 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

$60$40$20JunJun

If you're planning to travel by bus from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $43 to $54. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on June 12, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Pittsburgh this week, bus tickets are available starting at $43.

Monthly avg. prices

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Taking the bus from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh is usually cheapest in October, when the average ticket price is only $42. If you're planning to take the bus from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh during March, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $50. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

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 $6.97 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 7 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway16h 55m$105.34
Greyhound74h 28m$45.72
  • 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 Harrisburg to Pittsburgh start at $97. 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 7 bus trips from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 28 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Pittsburgh usually start from $41.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 31 minutes to cover the 164 miles from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh 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.

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh; ticket prices start at $43.00.

City Information

Harrisburg

As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg offers numerous historic buildings with impressive architecture that will leave you in awe. Among the most impressive ones is the state’s Capitol Complex itself. With a dome that reminisces St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the building features as many as 475 rooms filled with exquisite artworks and statues. History fans should also consider visiting the State Museum of Pennsylvania, which follows the history of the state from the beginning of time to this day. Another must-see destination is the National Civil War Museum, which is one of the largest museums dedicated to the Civil War. If too many history lessons stress you out, a cruise along the Susquehanna River on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat will definitely help you unwind.

Harrisburg’s grilled dishes are some of the most famous staples in the city, and among the best establishments is Progress Grill, which has been serving customers since the late 1940s. For some really creative pizzas, The Pizza Grille will be a good choice.

The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the central hub for intercity travel. At the lower level, you can catch a bus by Greyhound, Jefferson Lines or Fullington Trailways to other Pennsylvanian cities such as Allentown and Philadelphia. Travelers can also take Amtrak trains to popular destinations like New York and Philadelphia on a daily basis. The city’s principal airport is Harrisburg International Airport, which is located in Middletown, southeast of the city.

Pittsburgh

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 Harrisburg?

Main departure station: Harrisburg Transportation Center

Harrisburg has two bus stations with service to Pittsburgh.

All bus stations in Harrisburg:

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

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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