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Buses from Philadelphia to Lancaster

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Philadelphia - Lancaster Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to Lancaster usually takes around 2 hours and 38 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance61 mi (98 km)
Shortest duration2h 30m
Cheapest price$37.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines1

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to Lancaster?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Amtrak Thruway is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway22h 39m$37.00
  • 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 Lancaster start at $37. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 38 minutes to cover the 61 miles from Philadelphia to Lancaster. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours 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 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to Lancaster, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Philadelphia to Lancaster; ticket prices start at $21.00.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

Main departure station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Most buses depart from the main station in Philadelphia.

All bus stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Where does the bus arrive in Lancaster?

Main arrival station: 53 E Mcgovern Ave

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

All bus stations in Lancaster:

  • 53 E Mcgovern Ave

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