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Philadelphia - Allentown Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Allentown. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Allentown usually takes around one hour and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in just one hour and 20 minutes.

Distance48 mi (78 km)
Shortest duration1h 20m
Cheapest price$11.00
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to Allentown

(Based on 22 ratings and reviews)




April 9, 2022- Visiting family


Pros: Punctual. Cons: Enforced mask wearing. Tips: Print your ticket.

Pros: Punctual. Cons: Enforced mask wearing. Tips: Print your ticket.



February 16, 2022- Couples trip


I didn't have to drive in Philly traffic.

I didn't have to drive in Philly traffic.



December 26, 2021- Visiting family


Pros: Spacious and outlets were great. Cons: There was no wifi. Tips: Bring a blanket and get there early for good seats.

Pros: Spacious and outlets were great. Cons: There was no wifi. Tips: Bring a blanket and get there early for good seats.



July 6, 2021- Visiting friends


Clean bus is most important for me, and cleanliness was very good. Also was very fast with on time arrival.

Clean bus is most important for me, and cleanliness was very good. Also was very fast with on time arrival.



February 22, 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: I seen my lil woman. Cons: bus did have transmission problems but the bus driver fixed it in like 10 minutes. Tips: nope.

Pros: I seen my lil woman. Cons: bus did have transmission problems but the bus driver fixed it in like 10 minutes. Tips: nope.

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Allentown?

$16.43 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to Allentown. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Philadelphia to Allentown is expected to range from $18 to $20. If you are looking to travel to Allentown within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $18. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $18 and can be found on May 16, 2022.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Philadelphia to Allentown by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $18 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 18 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $5.20 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Allentown?

There are 4 bus lines from Philadelphia to Allentown available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. Each of these companies only runs one bus per day. The following table helps you compare your available choices:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway11h 20m$22.00
Fullington Trailways11h 56m$24.84
Greyhound12h 15m$13.92
Martz11h 20m$18.00
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Philadelphia to Allentown start at $22. On average, there are 1 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • Fullington Trailways

    Fullington Trailways

    Book Fullington Trailways from Philadelphia to Allentown from $23. Typically there is one Fullington Trailways schedule per day from Philadelphia to Allentown and you can expect on average to pay for a Fullington Trailways ticket to Allentown. In Philadelphia, Fullington Trailways departs to Allentown from Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St . In Allentown, Fullington Trailways arrives at Bus Terminal - 325 Hamilton St .

    An average trip on Fullington Trailways from Philadelphia to Allentown takes 1 hours and 56 minutes , while the fastest available Fullington Trailways trip will get you to Allentown in 1 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Fullington Trailways offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Allentown.

  • 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 1 bus trips from Philadelphia to Allentown every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Allentown usually start from $11.

  • Martz


    Martz Trailways is an intercity bus company founded in 1908 and based in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It offers affordable bus trips to 30 popular destinations throughout the Northeast, all on comfortable buses equipped with free WiFi and power outlets available at every seat. Cheap Martz Trailways bus tickets start at $18 for a one-way trip from Philadelphia to Allentown.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest bus from Philadelphia to Allentown?

The cheapest bus from Philadelphia to Allentown is usually provided by OurBus. OurBus tickets for this trip tend to cost around $17. However, alternate bus options are also reasonable: Tickets for Fullington Traillways and Amtrak Thruway buses typically cost about $23 and $20, respectively.

What is the fastest bus from Philadelphia to Allentown?

The fastest bus from Philadelphia to Allentown is provided by OurBus. The typical OurBus trip takes just 1 hour 20 minutes. There is only 1 OurBus trip per day on this route, however, so make sure to book ahead.

Is there a train from Philadelphia to Allentown?

No, there is no train from Philadelphia to Allentown, PA. Your best alternative is to take a bus. Bus tickets for this trip start at just $17, and the trip will take as little as 1 hour 20 minutes.

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

The bus takes an average of one hour and 52 minutes to cover the 48 miles from Philadelphia to Allentown. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 20 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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?

Buses departing from Philadelphia to Allentown tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 11:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Allentown, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Philadelphia to Allentown every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Philadelphia to Allentown without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Philadelphia to Allentown; ticket prices start at $32.00.

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. 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.

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

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Where does the bus arrive in Allentown?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 325 Hamilton St

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Allentown.

All bus stations in Allentown:

  • Bus Terminal - 325 Hamilton St

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania

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