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Harrisburg - State College Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Harrisburg to State College. Traveling by bus from Harrisburg to State College usually takes around one hour and 50 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance62 mi (101 km)
Shortest duration1h 50m
Cheapest price$21.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Harrisburg to State College

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Inviolata Vicky

June 10, 2024- Regular commuter

Greyhound

Pros: Provides public transport in a difficult terrain where most people have cars. Cons: More buses if possible.

4.0

Brian

September 11, 2023- Business

OurBus

You need some messaging system that will allow passengers waiting for their bus to arrive to know if the bus is delayed, on time, or canceled. We waited 30 minutes at Harrisburg station, and the station had no employees in it. No one was available to tell us if the bus was still coming. Luckily, we waited, and the bus eventually showed up. We appreciated the driver's reasoning and were grateful she was taking the trip safely. However, there would have been less anxiety among the waiting passengers if there had been some communication about the delay.

5.0

David

September 25, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: the driver, jerry, was a very good driver, good sense of humor and solid hand on the sterring wheel, even during a very bad thunderstorm with heavy rain right out of harrisburg. we even arrived three minutes early. very comfortable journey after a long day flying out of dallas, tx. Cons: /. Tips: go by bus, mother earth loves us,.

5.0

Joseph

July 17, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

The driver was nice, the bus was spacious, and the ride was smooth and comfortable.

How much is a bus ticket from Harrisburg to State College?

Bus tickets for a trip from Harrisburg to State College cost $22.93 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

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Harrisburg to State College in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $22 to $26. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 9, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to State College this week, bus tickets are available starting at $22.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Harrisburg to State College is usually cheapest in August, when the average ticket price is only $21. If you're planning to take the bus from Harrisburg to State College during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $32. 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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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 18 days in advance to save $4.04 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Harrisburg to State College?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Harrisburg to State College that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway11h 50m$26.00
Greyhound21h 50m$24.16
  • 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 State College start at $26. 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 2 bus trips from Harrisburg to State College every day, with the average journey taking around 1 hours and 50 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to State College usually start from $22.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of one hour and 50 minutes to cover the 62 miles from Harrisburg to State College. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Harrisburg to State College 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 11:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Harrisburg to State College, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Harrisburg to State College 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 State College without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Harrisburg to State College; ticket prices start at $50.00.

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.

State College

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State College is a college town, hence the name. It is home to Penn State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. As expected, most of the businesses in the area are there to serve the academic clientele, particularly the professors and students living in the area (if you’re one of them, you might want to check out our recommended destinations for college students).

One of the most popular events in State College is the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which draws over a hundred thousand visitors each year. Aside from Penn State University, the city's major attractions are The Arboretum and the Beaver Stadium.

If you're into culture, history, and the arts, you should check out the Palmer Museum of Art, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, and Centre County Historical Society.

While at State College, be sure to try out the waffles at The Original Waffle Shop. Other good places to dine are the Berkey Creamery, Allen Street Grill, and Federal Taphouse. Finally, for some good drinks, stop by Otto's Pub and Brewery.

Getting around State College is a breeze. The local airport, University Park Airport, is a mere 5 miles away from campus. In addition, Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Amtrak Thruway run regularly scheduled bus services from State College to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, New York City, and beyond.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Harrisburg?

Main departure station: Harrisburg Transportation Center

Harrisburg has two bus stations with service to State College.

All bus stations in Harrisburg:

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

  • Harrisburg Transportation Center

Where does the bus arrive in State College?

Main arrival station: 152 N Atherton St.

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in State College.

All bus stations in State College:

  • 152 N Atherton St.

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

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