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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from State College to Philadelphia. Traveling by bus from State College to Philadelphia usually takes around 4 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest Fullington Trailways bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance153 mi (247 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price$38.00
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from State College to Philadelphia

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Marie-Jeanne A

April 17, 2022- Visiting friends

Fullington Trailways

Pros: The bus was clean, and each seat had outlets for phone chargers. It was only half full, so everyone could have their own seat, and the driver got us to our destination early. A+. Cons: I can't think of anything. Tips: Get to the station on time! The bus leaves on...

Pros: The bus was clean, and each seat had outlets for phone chargers. It was only half full, so everyone could have their own seat, and the driver got us to our destination early. A+. Cons: I can't think of anything. Tips: Get to the station on time! The bus leaves on time.

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5.0

Marjorie

April 5, 2022- Visiting family

Fullington Trailways

Pros: Pleasant. Cons: The price, way too pricy.

Pros: Pleasant. Cons: The price, way too pricy.

4.0

Rogier

December 21, 2019- Solo travel

Fullington Express

Pros: all good. Cons: the wi fi signal. Tips: the trip was pleasant.

Pros: all good. Cons: the wi fi signal. Tips: the trip was pleasant.

5.0

Paige

October 11, 2019- Visiting family

Fullington Express

The staff was so friendly and the trip was effortless and comfortable!

The staff was so friendly and the trip was effortless and comfortable!

5.0

Tugce

August 30, 2019- Visiting friends

Fullington Express

It was one of the best bus trips I have ever had. Thank you very much.

It was one of the best bus trips I have ever had. Thank you very much.

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

$43.20 is the average price of a bus ticket from State College to Philadelphia. Any tickets cheaper than $43.20 can be considered a great deal. 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

$60$40$20SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from State College to Philadelphia is expected to range from $39 to $58. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $44. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $39 and can be found on October 12, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in September. 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 State College to Philadelphia in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $57 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 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $15.09 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from State College to Philadelphia?

There are 3 bus lines from State College to Philadelphia available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. OurBus offers the most choice in regards to departure times, with a couple of different times on its daily bus schedule.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Fullington Trailways15h 21m$54.71
Greyhound14h 6m$50.40
OurBus24h 27m$46.91
  • Fullington Trailways

    Fullington Trailways

    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

    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 State College to Philadelphia every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 6 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Philadelphia usually start from $37.

  • 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 $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

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

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 153 miles from State College to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 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?

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, 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 State College?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 1:00pm. To see the times for all buses from State College to Philadelphia, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 3 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.

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. Head to Reading Terminal Market or join a history and food tour of the Italian 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: Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

The State College Bus Terminal, commonly referred to as the Greyhound station, is on the southern part of the Penn State University campus. The stop has a bit of covering for waiting passengers, but otherwise, you'll want to find most food and amenities elsewhere on campus. Although there is an adorable photo stand-in for anyone wanting a cute family photo while waiting for your bus to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or anywhere else in Pennsylvania and beyond.

All bus stations in State College:

  • Bus Terminal - 152 N Atherton St

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

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

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Main arrival 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

  • Philadelphia International Airport

  • Filbert St Tour Bus Loading Zone

  • 30th Street Station

  • NRG/AT&T Subway Station

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