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Philadelphia - Albany Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 15 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Albany. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Albany usually takes around 7 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 6 hours,

Distance200 mi (322 km)
Shortest duration6h 0m
Cheapest price$33.98
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Albany?

Bus tickets for a trip from Philadelphia to Albany cost $42.41 on average. Tickets cheaper than $42.41 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 prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Philadelphia to Albany is expected to be between $42 and $74. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is July 9, 2024, when tickets are available for July 9, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $45.

Monthly average prices

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Bus tickets from Philadelphia to Albany are at their cheapest average price in August. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $41. On the other hand, traveling on this route during November might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for November trips cost $78, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 18 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $33.17 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Albany?

There are 3 bus lines from Philadelphia to Albany available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 7 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 US78h 10m$67.71
Greyhound67h 35m$60.38
Peter Pan Lines48h 23m$67.22
  • 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 7 trips per day from Philadelphia to Albany, 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 6 bus trips from Philadelphia to Albany every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Albany usually start from $34.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from Philadelphia to Albany from $54. There are 4 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from Philadelphia to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Albany. In Philadelphia, Peter Pan Lines departs to Albany from 520 North Christopher Columbus and one other station. In Albany, Peter Pan Lines arrives at 66 Green Street .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Philadelphia to Albany takes 8 hours and 23 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Albany in 6 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 200 miles from Philadelphia to Albany. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Philadelphia to Albany 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, 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.

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Albany, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 15 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

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 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.

Albany

As the capital city of New York state, Albany is blessed with many historic buildings and quaint quarters, making it the perfect city to take a stroll around. One of the city’s top attractions is the famous New York State Capitol Building, a stately structure that has been around since as far as the 19th century. If you wish to learn more about the city’s rich history, head over to Bidwell House museum, which is actually a restored home filled with impressive artifacts. While staying in Albany, do take the time to visit The Egg, a unique-looking building that will certainly satisfy your architectural curiosity.

For a great dinner with a quirky twist, head over to Canvas, Corks and Forks - Schenectady. For some of the best BBQ dishes in town, don’t hesitate to give Warehouse Grill & BBQ a shot.

The busiest bus station in the area is the Albany Bus Terminal. The bus station welcomes buses from New York, Boston, Baltimore, and many other places. The nearest Amtrak train station is located in the neighboring town of Rensselaer, NY. The city’s principal airport is the Albany International Airport, located six miles northwest of Albany.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

Main departure station: 199 Spg Gdn St

Buses to Albany leave from 4 stations in Philadelphia.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • 199 Spg Gdn St

  • 199 Spg Gdn St

  • 520 North Christopher Columbus

  • Philadelphia (Market & Filbert)

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St  - ALBPPA-0

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Main arrival station: Albany Bus Terminal

The Albany Bus Terminal is a busy hub of intercity bus travel in downtown Albany. Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Adirondack Trailways, and Peter Pan operate bus trips that stop at this station. The terminal has customer service staff on-site, as well as restrooms and a small cafe. Several parking lots are available around the station, and a hotel is available just down the street. It is only a few blocks to downtown Albany and the New York State Capitol complex from the station.

All bus stations in Albany:

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • 66 Green Street

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

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