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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Newark. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Newark usually takes around 3 hours and 8 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in just one hour and 30 minutes.

Distance75 mi (121 km)
Shortest duration1h 30m
Cheapest price$15.00
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia, PA to Newark, NJ

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Armando

May 15, 2020 - Business

Greyhound

Pros: Driver was very helpful and patient we us! Cons: Overall just ensuring travelers to only occupy the seat that they paid for to enable other travelers to seat.

Pros: Driver was very helpful and patient we us! Cons: Overall just ensuring travelers to only occupy the seat that they paid for to enable other travelers to seat.

5.0

Irewamiri

March 1, 2020 - Visiting family

BoltBus

Very fast and efficient

Very fast and efficient

5.0

Muthu Rajesh

January 25, 2020 - Visiting friends

BoltBus

Seat for shorter people is not comfortable for a proper head rest. Apart from that everything else was superb

Seat for shorter people is not comfortable for a proper head rest. Apart from that everything else was superb

5.0

Josh

December 20, 2019 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Great staff!

Great staff!

5.0

Megha

December 6, 2019 - Solo travel

BoltBus

Pros: Low cost and high reliability. Cons: Clarity of signage at boarding site in Philadelphia and smoother boarding in general.

Pros: Low cost and high reliability. Cons: Clarity of signage at boarding site in Philadelphia and smoother boarding in general.

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Newark?

$18.09 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Newark. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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 prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Newark is expected to range from $16 to $27. If you are looking to travel to Newark within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $17. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $16 and can be found on August 3, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to Newark in January, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $27 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $12.56 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Newark?

There is one intercity bus company that operates from Philadelphia to Newark. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound113h 8m$22.07
  • 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 11 bus trips from Philadelphia to Newark every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 8 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Newark usually start from $15.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from Philadelphia to Newark?

There are 9 Amtrak lines that provide routes from Philadelphia to Newark. There are 60 trains that travel this route per day, with 56 of them direct connections to Newark. The average travel time ranges from 1 hour to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Amtrak tickets starts at $45, and the first train departs at 5:00 a.m.

What is the best way to get from Philly to Newark?

The best way to get from Philadelphia to Newark is by bus. Bus tickets average just $10, while Amtrak tickets for this same route average around $67, and nonstop flights typically cost more than $250. Traveling by train is typically the fastest option, with the shortest travel time being just 53 minutes (compared to 1 hour 30 minutes for a bus). That said, the extra half hour may not be worth paying an additional $50.

Is Philadelphia to Newark a good day-trip?

Philadelphia to Newark is a very doable day-trip. BoltBus averages 1 hour 45 minutes in travel time, and can get there in 1 hour 30 minutes if traffic is light. With the first direct bus of the day departing as early as 7:15 a.m., and the last return bus of the day departing Newark around 9:00 p.m., you can have a full day of activities in Newark before returning home.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia to Newark 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?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 8 minutes to cover the 75 miles from Philadelphia to Newark. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 30 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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?

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

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 Newark, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Newark 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, PA to Newark, NJ; ticket prices start at $18.00.

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.

Newark

As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers some excellent museums, parks and restaurants that you can enjoy year-round. Art lovers should stop by the famous Newark Museum to enjoy a rich collection of works by American artists and sculptors. History buffs should check out the New Jersey Historical Society for ongoing exhibitions documenting the state’s rich history.

Located by the Passaic River, Newark offers various places where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the water. For the best views, head over to the city’s Riverfront Park near the hip Ironbound neighborhood. If you’re seeking more outdoor enjoyment, check out Branch Brook Park where you will find various lakes and plenty of cherry blossoms.

Newark is one of the biggest travel hubs in the United States, which makes it very easily accessible via all types of transportation. The Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the three airports that serves the New York City metro area, and its close proximity to Newark’s Penn Station makes it easy to reach from anywhere via bus or train.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

Departure stations

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.

Where does the bus arrive in Newark?

Arrival stations

All buses from Philadelphia arrive at one main station in Newark.

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