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Bus from Philadelphia to Boston Overview

There are 26 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Boston. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Boston usually takes around 8 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Peter Pan Lines bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Fastest Trip6h 30m
Cheapest price$30.62
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus Companies4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Philadelphia to Boston

(Based on 46 ratings and reviews)



Fabricio Paúl

September 2, 2023- Visiting friends

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: El viaje fue el mejor y más cómodo. Cons: Sobre información de lugar de tomar el bus. Tips: Llegar ropa cómoda es un viaje largo.



July 26, 2023- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: I liked how it wasn’t too packed with people. Cons: No notes. Tips: Be quiet.



July 24, 2023- Business

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: I love my boston to New York trip than my trip from New York connecting bus to Boston . Very spacious and accommodating. Cons: The bus is sooo crowded and tight . AC was not too strong but good and nothing to entertain us while in the long journey process . That could be improved.



January 8, 2023- Regular commuter

Peter Pan Lines




November 26, 2022- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The two drivers were great. The young woman who dripove from Philly to NYC was superchill and inspired confidence in how she stayed alert in situations like traffic stopping for a turned around car on the highway, but also chill as the traffic was less intense. The other driving also took the traffic in stride and got us into Boston. Their calm and confident manners in holiday traffic likely kept passengers calm as well. Cons: The wanderu site was helpful. Tips: Brought my puppy and she was fine with the entire round trip experience.

Philadelphia to Boston Route Map

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How much do bus tickets from Philly to Boston cost?

Bus tickets for a trip from Philadelphia to Boston cost $59.80 on average. Tickets cheaper than $59.80 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 Bus Ticket Prices for Upcoming Days


If you're planning to travel by bus from Philadelphia to Boston in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $41 to $157. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 5, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Boston this week, bus tickets are available starting at $41.

Average Bus Ticket Prices by Month

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Philadelphia to Boston, mark your calendar for January. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $49. However, taking the bus from Philadelphia to Boston during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $62. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 28 days in advance to save $47.70 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Boston?

There are 4 bus lines from Philadelphia to Boston available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 daily trips, FlixBus US 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 US108h 10m$93.16
Greyhound108h 37m$90.50
OurBus17h 0m$130.00
Peter Pan Lines77h 9m$79.06
  • 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 10 trips per day from Philadelphia to Boston, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 10 bus trips from Philadelphia to Boston every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 37 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Boston usually start from $31.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from $130, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Philadelphia to Boston if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • 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 7 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 $59.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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.

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.

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 18 minutes to cover the 271 miles from Philadelphia to Boston. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 30 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.

Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday 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, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

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.

There are 26 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Boston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 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 $29.00.

City Information


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 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 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: 100 Spg Gdn 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:

  • 100 Spg Gdn St

  • 100 Spg Gdn St

  • Logan Square

  • Philadelphia Mills - RED Lot

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

Main arrival station: 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

Buses arrive in Boston at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

  • South Station Bus Terminal

  • Northeastern University

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