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Bus from Philadelphia to Boston Overview

Cost & Duration

Cheapest price$30.00
Fastest Trip6h 20m
Trips per day7
Bus Companies2

Philadelphia to Boston Route Map

Philadelphia Boston

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the drive from Philadelphia to Boston?

The drive from Philadelphia to Boston covers about 308 miles (496 kilometers). It takes around 6 hours to 6 hours 30 minutes to drive that distance, depending on factors like traffic and weather conditions. Buses take as little as 6 hours to drive from Philadelphia to Boston, if they’re traveling direct without any extra stops.

Is there a train from Philly to Boston?

Yes, there is a train from Philly to Boston. However, you may prefer to take the bus. Most trains from Philly to Boston take between 5 hours and 6 hours 30 minutes, and usually cost around $140. A bus, on the other hand, usually costs around $22 per ticket, and takes between 6 and 8 hours.

What is the cheapest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia?

The cheapest way to get from Boston to Philadelphia is to take the bus. Bus tickets typically cost around $22, whereas train tickets start at $77 (but average closer to $140), and direct flights start at more than $100.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia to Boston right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel this holiday season, click here.

How much do bus tickets from Philly to Boston cost?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $37.05 was the low point for bus fares from Philadelphia to Boston. Buses from Boston to Philadelphia are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $37.05 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, especially for the holidays. You should book your bus at least 6 days in advance in order to save on Thanksgiving travel. By doing so, you could save $13.14 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Philadelphia to Boston?

The bus usually takes around 8 hours and 21 minutes to cover the 271 miles (436 kilometers) from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 20 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Boston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there from Philly to Boston every day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Boston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Philadelphia to Boston; ticket prices start at $29.00.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Boston?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 5 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound58h 58m$40.29
Peter Pan Lines26h 50m$44.44

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

Most buses depart from the main station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

All buses from Philadelphia arrive at one main station in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • South Station Bus Terminal

Prices of Bus Tickets from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA
4.7
Based on 22 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with BoltBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.5
Value
4.0
Condition
4.8
Candy
5.0
March 9, 2020Solo travel
Pros
I was a little nervous about taking a bus so far, since I never had, but it was better than I expected! Comfortable seating, people were quiet & respectful.
Cons
Maybe a pit stop half way through.
Matiniah
5.0
December 26, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The fact that I slept probably the whole way through
Cons
Honestly, nothing comes to mind
Tips
Bring a neck pillow and minimize your luggage. Instead of a suitcase bring a backpack.
Sandra
5.0
November 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The bus was clean, we stopped for food, I was comfortable in my seat.
Cons
This trip was great I don't think I have any things to suggest for improvement
Tips
Dress comfortable bring snack and water Bring a blanket
Thach
5.0
October 19, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Pleasant road trip experience enjoying scenic views along the ride.
Cons
Electrical outlets on left side of bus were broke.
Tips
Relax and enjoy. The ride will be better than expected.

Based on 7 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 57 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.9
Staff
4.1
Value
3.9
Condition
4.6
John
5.0
January 17, 2020Business
Pros
The trip was comfortable, and I slept well.
Cons
The driver could have been more careful when handling my luggage, because I noticed that one of the wheels snapped off after I arrived in Boston.
Charlotte
5.0
August 30, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The bus driver was so great. Very helpful and let us know at every stop that we could get off and what time we needed to be back.
Tips
Bring a pillow and sleep on the bus.
Pierre
5.0
August 14, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The trip was wonderful. The trip arrived ahead of time.

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
2.0
Value
2.0
Condition
3.0

Based on 10 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Peter Pan Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 88 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.6
Value
3.8
Condition
4.3
Nancy
5.0
December 20, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Despite very very heavy traffic, driver was especially careful & patient
Christopher
5.0
November 5, 2019Visiting friends
Cons
Wifi did not really work. Other than that everything was excellent.
Rafaela
5.0
September 29, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Good
Nancy
4.0
September 28, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Loved the direct non-stop trip! The courtesy stop was just right
Cons
The trip was 6 hours! I believe the trip could have been made safely in 5 1/2 hours!
Tips
Not yet
Ufuoma
4.0
September 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The driver was courteous and professional.
Cons
Seats could be more spacious
Tips
Overall great experience, professional service.

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