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Bus from Philadelphia to Boston Overview

There are 17 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Boston. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Boston usually takes around 8 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest Peter Pan Lines bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Fastest Trip6h 45m
Cheapest price$33.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus Companies3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to Boston

(Based on 36 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Mikaela

July 7, 2022- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: Nice and spacious, there weren't too many others traveling. Cons: If updated estimated arrival times could be announced during the trip, that would be great! I had a friend waiting to pick me up from the station, and it's important to me that I'm able to communic...

Pros: Nice and spacious, there weren't too many others traveling. Cons: If updated estimated arrival times could be announced during the trip, that would be great! I had a friend waiting to pick me up from the station, and it's important to me that I'm able to communicate accurately when I'll be arriving. If the wifi worked, that would be great as well! Tips: Download music or TV for off-line entertainment.

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4.0

Tera Crain

June 17, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: the train. Cons: Your ticketing process for Greyhound. Tips: If you choose to pick up your ticket in Philadelphia, you can do it on one of multiple kiosks at the Greyhound Station so it is easy and fast.

Pros: the train. Cons: Your ticketing process for Greyhound. Tips: If you choose to pick up your ticket in Philadelphia, you can do it on one of multiple kiosks at the Greyhound Station so it is easy and fast.

5.0

Elaina

May 10, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Clean the windows inside

Clean the windows inside

5.0

Jhanna

March 19, 2022- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The drivers were very personable with fun personalities. It was smooth and tranquil. Cons: The overhead lights didn't work on either bus. Tips: In my experience--and this was my first experience on a long distance bus ride--this company is good to start with. I w...

Pros: The drivers were very personable with fun personalities. It was smooth and tranquil. Cons: The overhead lights didn't work on either bus. Tips: In my experience--and this was my first experience on a long distance bus ride--this company is good to start with. I was very worried about this sort of transportation due to horror stories I'd heard about Greyhound or Megabus, but it was fine. Everyone minds their business and I felt safe. The ride is smooth and worth the money; would do this again.

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5.0

JUAN C

November 21, 2021- Solo travel

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: It was quiet, driver was driving a normal speed, and arrived before the time. Cons: WIFI is useless. From Philly to NY the driver was really rude in general, not smile, not good evening, and he left 2 people outside, he wouldn't open the door for them. He told th...

Pros: It was quiet, driver was driving a normal speed, and arrived before the time. Cons: WIFI is useless. From Philly to NY the driver was really rude in general, not smile, not good evening, and he left 2 people outside, he wouldn't open the door for them. He told them to get inside the station and when they start walking he started driving away, the other drivers were very courteous, friendly and helpful. Tips: get a neck cushion ring, make sure you have headset so you don't bother other people, don't arrive the time the bus is leaving, depends of the driver probably you won't be able to get in.

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Philadelphia to Boston Route Map

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How much do bus tickets from Philly to Boston cost?

The average price for a bus ticket to Boston is $43.58, If your search turns up options priced lower than $43.58 then you've uncoverred an exceptional deal, don't let it get away. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average Bus Ticket Prices for Upcoming Days

$60$40$20SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Boston is expected to range from $37 to $55. If you are looking to travel to Boston within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $44. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $37 and can be found on October 15, 2022.

Average Bus Ticket Prices by Month

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $41 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Boston in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $70 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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $21.74 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Boston?

There are 3 bus lines from Philadelphia to Boston available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 7 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 US67h 58m$51.78
Greyhound78h 35m$50.19
Peter Pan Lines67h 17m$57.15
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 6 trips per day from Philadelphia to Boston, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 7 bus trips from Philadelphia to Boston every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Boston usually start from $33.

  • 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 6 bus trips every day during the week and 6 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Philadelphia and Boston, offering bus tickets as low as $55.

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 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 from Philadelphia to Boston?

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 271 miles from Philadelphia to Boston. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 45 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road 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?

Because many passengers travel from Philadelphia to Boston 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Boston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Boston each day?

There are 17 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Boston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 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 Philadelphia to Boston; ticket prices start at $33.00.

City Information

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market or join a history and food tour of the Italian Market to fuel up for a night hitting the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line 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.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

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

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Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

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.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Main arrival station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

  • South Station Bus Terminal

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