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Bus Route Overview: Pittsburgh to State College
There are 5 intercity buses per day from Pittsburgh to State College. Traveling by bus from Pittsburgh to State College usually takes around 4 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Fullington Trailways bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 15 minutes.
|Distance||115 mi (184 km)|
|Shortest duration||4h 15m|
|Trips per day||4|
|Most frequent service||Fullington Trailways|
How much is a bus ticket from Pittsburgh to State College?
$26.00 is the average price of a bus ticket from Pittsburgh 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
Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Pittsburgh to State College is expected to range from $32 to $35. If you are looking to travel to State College within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $32. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $32 and can be found on May 19, 2022.
Monthly average prices
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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $10.25 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from Pittsburgh to State College?
There are 3 bus lines from Pittsburgh to State College available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 daily trips, Fullington Trailways usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Thruway||1||4h 55m||$26.91|
|Fullington Trailways||3||4h 47m||$39.02|
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 Pittsburgh to State College start at $26. On average, there are 1 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.
Book Fullington Trailways from Pittsburgh to State College from $35. There are 3 trips per day offered by Fullington Trailways from Pittsburgh to State College and you can expect on average to pay for a Fullington Trailways ticket to State College. In Pittsburgh, Fullington Trailways departs to State College from Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr and one other station. In State College, Fullington Trailways arrives at Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St .
An average trip on Fullington Trailways from Pittsburgh to State College takes 4 hours and 47 minutes , while the fastest available Fullington Trailways trip will get you to State College in 4 hours and 15 minutes .
On weekends, Fullington Trailways offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to State College.
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 Pittsburgh to State College every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 45 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to State College usually start from $31.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Pittsburgh 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.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.
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 Pittsburgh to State College?
The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 48 minutes to cover the 115 miles from Pittsburgh to State College. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 15 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Pittsburgh?
The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Pittsburgh to State College, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus trips to State College are there per day?
There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Pittsburgh to State College every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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 Pittsburgh to State College; ticket prices start at $65.50.
Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.
Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.
Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.
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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.
Where does the bus leave from in Pittsburgh?
Main departure station: Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr
The Grant Street Transportation Center on 11th St is the primary transportation hub of the city. It sits right across the street from the Amtrak Station, and its downtown location makes it convenient to access all of Pittsburgh. The station offers intercity bus services from popular lines such as Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Jefferson Lines, with destinations including New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. Ample parking is available at the station, and surrounding amenities include multiple hotels and takeout venues.
All bus stations in Pittsburgh:
Pittsburgh Intermodal Station / Grant St Transportation Ctr
Pittsburgh International Airport
350 S Illinois St
Where does the bus arrive in State College?
Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St
All buses from Pittsburgh arrive at one main station in State College.
All bus stations in State College:
Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St
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