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Columbia - Atlanta Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Columbia to Atlanta. Traveling by bus from Columbia to Atlanta usually takes around 4 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Southeastern Stages bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance193 mi (311 km)
Shortest duration3h 55m
Cheapest price$38.00
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceSoutheastern Stages
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Columbia to Atlanta

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

SHIRLEY

May 7, 2022- Visiting family

Southeastern Stages

Pros: I got to my family Safely. Cons: The Seats and Leg Room. Tips: None.

Pros: I got to my family Safely. Cons: The Seats and Leg Room. Tips: None.

5.0

Emmanuel

March 7, 2022- Business

Southeastern Stages

It was a good ride overall....

It was a good ride overall....

4.0

Phyllis

August 19, 2021- Solo travel

Southeastern Stages

Pros: Easy to manage assistance with older traveler's. Cons: Staff to ensure the safety of seniors traveling solo.

Pros: Easy to manage assistance with older traveler's. Cons: Staff to ensure the safety of seniors traveling solo.

5.0

Darren

January 31, 2020- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Comfortable. Cons: No complaints at this timei. Tips: I will recommend the mega bus to people I no.

Pros: Comfortable. Cons: No complaints at this timei. Tips: I will recommend the mega bus to people I no.

5.0

Carol

October 18, 2019- Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Everything went great. Comfortable clean and affordable. Cons: Perhaps add more locations. Tips: Bring a snack for long trips.

Pros: Everything went great. Comfortable clean and affordable. Cons: Perhaps add more locations. Tips: Bring a snack for long trips.

How much is a bus ticket from Columbia to Atlanta?

The average price for a bus ticket to Atlanta is $44.00, If your search turns up options priced lower than $44.00 then you've uncoverred an exceptional deal, don't let it get away. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Columbia to Atlanta in September, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $41 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 14 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $5.75 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Columbia to Atlanta?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Columbia to Atlanta. Southeastern Stages connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Southeastern Stages44h 19m$47.42
  • Southeastern Stages

    Southeastern Stages

    Founded in 1933, Southeastern Stages has a long legacy of providing safe, reliable bus transportation across the Southeastern U.S. This premier bus service provides routes across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Southeastern Stages also has one of the largest fleets of ADA compliant coaches and was one of the first to adopt safety features such as advanced collision avoidance technology. Onboard these modern coaches, passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, overhead reading lights, and restrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Columbia to Atlanta 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 Columbia to Atlanta?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 18 minutes to cover the 193 miles from Columbia to Atlanta. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 55 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?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Columbia?

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Columbia to Atlanta, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Columbia to Atlanta 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 Columbia to Atlanta without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Columbia to Atlanta; ticket prices start at $132.00.

City Information

Columbia

Columbia, SC

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As the capital city of South Carolina, Columbia offers plenty of historic attractions and exciting activities that will keep tourists of all ages satisfied. Sitting at the heart of the city is the South Carolina State Museum, which boasts the most impressive collection of permanent and changing exhibits in the state, as well as in the Southeast. One of the top highlights of the museum is its amazing planetarium that has a height of 55 feet. If you are traveling with kids, EdVenture should certainly be on your list. The museum’s prime attraction is a giant 10-year-old with his own fake digestive tracts and vertebrae, allowing kids to explore anatomy with ease. Nature lovers should not miss out on the chance to enjoy an outdoor day at Lake Murray, which features a vast range of activities such as boating, fishing, paddling, etc.

Columbia features an exciting food scene that is brimming with new talents. For an amazing lunch, The Gourmet Shop and their famous chicken salad will be a great choice. If you wish to enjoy a dinner with wine, Lula Drake is the place to be.

Columbia’s principal bus station is located 710-A Buckner Rd on the outskirts of the city. The main Amtrak train station is located on Pulaski St in the heart of downtown near the University of South Carolina campus. Columbia is served by Amtrak’s Silver Service line. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is the main airport and it is located five miles southwest of the city.

Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA - ATL-1

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the Peach State. Located in the heart of America’s South, Atlanta is one of the foremost economic and cultural hubs in the region and the United States in general. As such, it's among the best vacation destinations in Georgia.

The city has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a result, across Atlanta you can find various museums and points of interest dedicated to the lives and works of various key figures in those events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is an important stop on our MLK Jr. itinerary.

Atlanta is also a key hub for the U.S. entertainment industry, and it offers some of the best nightlife experiences in the country. Here, you will find some of the finest craft beer in America and enjoy some of the best and most authentic southern food.

Atlanta is easily accessible by both bus and train from various parts of the country, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s location on the city’s outskirts makes it easy to travel to Atlanta from all over the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Columbia?

Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd

The Bus Terminal on 710-A Buckner Road is the main intercity bus station in Columbia and is served by several bus companies, including Greyhound and Southeastern Stages. The terminal offers an indoor waiting area with benches, vending machines, and restrooms. Buses leave from this station daily to destinations like Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Baltimore, and Orlando. Transport throughout Columbia is also convenient, as the Comet, a public transit bus service, connects the Columbia Bus Terminal with the Amtrak Station and Columbia's airport.

All bus stations in Columbia:

  • Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd

Where does the bus arrive in Atlanta?

Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St - ATLGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

Built in 1996, the Atlanta Bus Station at 232 Forsyth Street SW is located close to downtown and is one of the most popular bus stations in the city. Served by Greyhound, Southeastern Stages and Jefferson Lines, this busy intercity bus terminal provides hundreds of connections to major cities. The Atlanta Bus Station offers convenient connections within Atlanta via the adjacent MARTA train station and multiple public bus stops within one block of the station. There are also several hotels and motels in the vicinity, for when you’re ready to relax after a successful day of traveling.

All bus stations in Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

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