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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from State College to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from State College to Philadelphia usually takes around 4 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance153 mi (247 km)
Shortest duration3h 20m
Cheapest price$33.98
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from State College to Philadelphia

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)




November 17, 2023- Visiting family

Fullington Trailways

Pros: It was comfortable. Cons: Traffic. Tips: No.



May 5, 2023- Solo travel


Pros: comfort and ease to get to airport. Cons: none.



May 5, 2023


Pros: The bus driver was very responsible, making sure everyone was getting off at the right location by double checking with us before departing from every stop. Cons: The Wi-Fi is not stable.



March 4, 2023- Vacation


Pros: The driver was very nice and accommodating. He even drove us to the airport an extra stop so we didn't have to get an uber the rest of the way. Cons: The seats were a little cramped and it was hard to have my backpack with me.



December 21, 2022- Visiting family


Pros: Ir is wonderfull at all. Cons: Be on time. Tips: No. Everything good.

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

Bus tickets for a trip from State College to Philadelphia cost $50.54 on average. Tickets cheaper than $50.54 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from State College to Philadelphia in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $38 to $82. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on March 12, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Philadelphia this week, bus tickets are available starting at $40.

Monthly avg. prices

Taking the bus from State College to Philadelphia is usually cheapest in October, when the average ticket price is only $43. If you're planning to take the bus from State College to Philadelphia during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $56. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


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 6 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $10.14 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from State College to Philadelphia?

There are 5 bus lines from State College to Philadelphia 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
FlixBus US13h 54m$60.49
Fullington Trailways35h 50m$63.95
Greyhound14h 16m$53.61
Megabus15h 6m$47.93
OurBus34h 15m$64.83
  • 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 1 trips per day from State College to Philadelphia, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Originally founded in 1908, Fullington Trailways is one of the oldest transportation companies in the United States. Today, it's one of the leading intercity bus carriers within the Trailways network and provides cheap, reliable bus service to several metropolitan destinations, including New York City and Philadelphia. All coaches are equipped with clean restrooms, and Fullington Trailways earned a 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Award for their helpful crew.

  • 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 State College to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 16 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $34.

  • Book Megabus from State College to Philadelphia from $34. Typically there is one Megabus schedule per day from State College to Philadelphia and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Philadelphia. In State College, Megabus departs to Philadelphia from SW Corner of Walmart Parking - 1665 N Atherton St . In Philadelphia, Megabus arrives at NE Corner of Schuylkill Ave & Walnut St .

    An average trip on Megabus from State College to Philadelphia takes 5 hours and 6 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Philadelphia in 3 hours and 20 minutes .

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

  • 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 $40, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from State College to Philadelphia if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 153 miles from State College to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 20 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Philadelphia. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from State College to Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from State College to Philadelphia 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 State College to Philadelphia without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from State College to Philadelphia; ticket prices start at $61.00.

City Information

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.


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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in State College?

Main departure station: 152 N Atherton St.

Buses to Philadelphia leave from 6 stations in State College.

All bus stations in State College:

  • 152 N Atherton St.

  • SW Corner of Walmart Parking - 1665 N Atherton St

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

  • State College (Airport - SCE)

  • State College Regional Airport Parking

  • University Park Airport Parking Lot

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Bus Terminal (1001 Filbert St) - PHLGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Noble St/Spring Garden 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:

  • Noble St/Spring Garden St.

  • NE Corner of Schuylkill Ave & Walnut St

  • Drexel Overpass - 30th St. & JFK Blvd

  • Center City - Fashion District

  • 100 Spg Gdn St

  • Philadelphia International Airport

  • Philadelphia Mills - RED Lot

  • Philadelphia International Airport

  • SEPTA Fort Washington Station

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