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Bus Route Overview: Philadelphia to State College

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Philadelphia to State College. Traveling by bus from Philadelphia to State College usually takes around 7 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Fullington Trailways bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance153 mi (247 km)
Shortest duration3h 15m
Cheapest price$26.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceFullington Trailways
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Philadelphia to State College

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Hanna

November 28, 2021- Visiting family

Fullington Trailways

The bus driver was very nice and I appreciated the direct trip that I was unable to find with other companies.

The bus driver was very nice and I appreciated the direct trip that I was unable to find with other companies.

4.0

Meherunnessa

November 28, 2021- Visiting family

Fullington Trailways

Pros: There is a restroom on the bus. Cons: Didn't know there are blinds in the bus, should be mentioned to allow customers that knowledge.

Pros: There is a restroom on the bus. Cons: Didn't know there are blinds in the bus, should be mentioned to allow customers that knowledge.

4.0

Aysan

November 27, 2021- Vacation

Fullington Trailways

Pros: The driver was very friendly and helpful. Cons: The station was in middle of nowhere, hard to find. Tips: Just look out for where the bus might be.

Pros: The driver was very friendly and helpful. Cons: The station was in middle of nowhere, hard to find. Tips: Just look out for where the bus might be.

5.0

Juliana

March 1, 2020- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: Comfortable seat. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: Comfortable seat. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

How much is a bus ticket from Philadelphia to State College?

$30.95 is the average price of a bus ticket from Philadelphia to State College. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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 State College is expected to range from $47 to $109. If you are looking to travel to State College within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $47. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $47 and can be found on May 19, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in April. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $43 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Philadelphia to State College in September, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $96 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 9 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $70.93 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Philadelphia to State College?

There are 3 bus lines from Philadelphia to State College 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
Fullington Trailways14h 14m$98.78
Greyhound111h 12m$31.27
OurBus24h 1m$49.53
  • Fullington Trailways

    Fullington Trailways

    Book Fullington Trailways from Philadelphia to State College from $45. Typically there is one Fullington Trailways schedule per day from Philadelphia to State College and you can expect on average to pay for a Fullington Trailways ticket to State College. In Philadelphia, Fullington Trailways departs to State College from Bus Terminal - 1001 Filbert St and one other station. In State College, Fullington Trailways arrives at Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St .

    An average trip on Fullington Trailways from Philadelphia to State College takes 4 hours and 14 minutes , while the fastest available Fullington Trailways trip will get you to State College in 3 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Fullington Trailways offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to State College.

  • 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 1 bus trips from Philadelphia to State College every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 12 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to State College usually start from $26.

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  • OurBus

    OurBus

    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 $49, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Philadelphia to State College if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Philadelphia to State College 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 State College?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 153 miles from Philadelphia to State College. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 15 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from Philadelphia to State College. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Philadelphia?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 1:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Philadelphia to State College, 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 State College. 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 State College; ticket prices start at $59.00.

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.

State College

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State College is a college town, hence the name. It is home to Penn State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. As expected, most of the businesses in the area are there to serve the academic clientele, particularly the professors and students living in the area (if you’re one of them, you might want to check out our recommended destinations for college students).

One of the most popular events in State College is the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which draws over a hundred thousand visitors each year. Aside from Penn State University, the city's major attractions are The Arboretum and the Beaver Stadium.

If you're into culture, history, and the arts, you should check out the Palmer Museum of Art, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, and Centre County Historical Society.

While at State College, be sure to try out the waffles at The Original Waffle Shop. Other good places to dine are the Berkey Creamery, Allen Street Grill, and Federal Taphouse. Finally, for some good drinks, stop by Otto's Pub and Brewery.

Getting around State College is a breeze. The local airport, University Park Airport, is a mere 5 miles away from campus. In addition, Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Amtrak Thruway run regularly scheduled bus services from State College to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, New York City, and beyond.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Philadelphia?

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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

  • NRG/AT&T Subway Station

  • Philadelphia International Airport

  • 30th Street Station

Where does the bus arrive in State College?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

All buses from Philadelphia arrive at one main station in State College.

All bus stations in State College:

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

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