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Buses from State College to Philadelphia

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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 7 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest Fullington Trailways bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance153 mi (247 km)
Shortest duration4h 30m
Cheapest price$35.00
Most frequent serviceFullington Trailways
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from State College, PA to Philadelphia, PA

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.7

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?

$48.36 is the average price of a bus ticket from State College to Philadelphia. Any tickets cheaper than $48.36 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

$75$50$25OctOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from State College to Philadelphia is expected to range from $41 to $68. If you are looking to travel to Philadelphia within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $43. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $41 and can be found on October 24, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $35 – 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 $50 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 18 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $17.01 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from State College to Philadelphia?

There is one intercity bus company that operates from State College to Philadelphia. Fullington Trailways is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Fullington Trailways47h 41m$56.66

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.

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?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 40 minutes to cover the 153 miles from State College to Philadelphia. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 30 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?

Because many passengers travel from State College to Philadelphia at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave State College?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. 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 4 scheduled buses that travel from State College to Philadelphia every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from State College to Philadelphia; 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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in State College?

Departure stations

Most buses depart from the main station in State College.

Where does the bus arrive in Philadelphia?

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

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Arrival stations

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.

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