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Bus from Philadelphia to Boston Overview

There are 19 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Boston. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Boston usually takes around 7 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Peter Pan Lines bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Fastest Trip6h 20m
Cheapest price$19.99
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus Companies3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA

(Based on 26 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Toni

June 27, 2021- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: It was easy to find where I was going. Cons: The bus was delayed for over a hour and even though staff consistently apologized we didn’t a get reason. Tips: Be prepared for delays, wear a mask and show up early. If you bring too much baggage you might get left be...

Pros: It was easy to find where I was going. Cons: The bus was delayed for over a hour and even though staff consistently apologized we didn’t a get reason. Tips: Be prepared for delays, wear a mask and show up early. If you bring too much baggage you might get left behind.

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5.0

Candy

March 9, 2020- Solo travel

BoltBus

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.

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.

5.0

John

January 17, 2020- Business

Greyhound

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.

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.

5.0

Matiniah

December 26, 2019- Visiting family

BoltBus

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.

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.

5.0

Nancy

December 20, 2019- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Despite very very heavy traffic, driver was especially careful & patient

Despite very very heavy traffic, driver was especially careful & patient

Philadelphia to Boston Route Map

Philadelphia Boston

How much do bus tickets from Philly to Boston cost?

$29.82 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Boston. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average Bus Ticket Prices for Upcoming Days

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Boston is expected to range from $33 to $70. If you are looking to travel to Boston within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $33. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $33 and can be found on October 11, 2021.

Average Bus Ticket Prices by Month

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in April. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Boston in October, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $45 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $22.04 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. With 8 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 43m$34.73
Greyhound88h 22m$40.75
Peter Pan Lines67h 17m$44.25
  • 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 8 bus trips from Philadelphia to Boston every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 22 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Boston usually start from $27.

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  • 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 7 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Philadelphia and Boston, offering bus tickets as low as $33.

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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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 7 hours and 18 minutes to cover the 271 miles from Philadelphia to Boston. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 20 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Boston. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 1:00am 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 19 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Boston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 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 $32.00.

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. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up 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 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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Greyhound Bus Terminal

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.

Bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • Independence Hall Visitors Ctr - 601 Market St

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station Bus Terminal - BOSSSB-0

South Station Bus Terminal

The South Station Bus Terminal is Boston's primary intercity bus station, and a major hub for bus companies like Greyhound, OurBus, Concord Coach Lines, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and more. The bus station is directly adjacent to the South Station Train Terminal, making it easy to access the local MBTA public transit, commuter rail, and connections to the airport. At the bus station, you'll find an on-site parking garage, a food court, and free WiFi. Nestled between the Financial District, Chinatown, and the Seaport, South Station is within a short walk from some of Boston's top sights and it is easily accessible by any mode of transportation.

Bus stations in Boston:

  • LAZ parking lot - 90 Traveler Street

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