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Bus Route Overview: Richmond to Washington DC

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Richmond to Washington DC. Traveling by bus from Richmond to Washington DC usually takes around 2 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in just one hour and 55 minutes.

Distance97 mi (156 km)
Shortest duration1h 55m
Cheapest price$14.99
Trips per day13
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Richmond to Washington

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)




February 20, 2021- Business


Pros: Outlet, seat, trash bags avilablity near my seat, and employees. Cons: Handsanitizer , coffee, & TV screen.

Pros: Outlet, seat, trash bags avilablity near my seat, and employees. Cons: Handsanitizer , coffee, & TV screen.



December 12, 2019- Solo travel


Pros: I was able to get my work done. Cons: Nothing really. maybe punctuality. Tips: schedule your trip so that you get to your destination a little earlier so you aren't pressed for time.

Pros: I was able to get my work done. Cons: Nothing really. maybe punctuality. Tips: schedule your trip so that you get to your destination a little earlier so you aren't pressed for time.



September 15, 2019- Business


Pros: The driver was very helpful. This is my first time traveling alone by bus in the United States. Cons: Nothing I can think about. Tips: If you are not sure of where you are going or where your stop is, talk to the driver as you enter the bus. They are always helpf...

Pros: The driver was very helpful. This is my first time traveling alone by bus in the United States. Cons: Nothing I can think about. Tips: If you are not sure of where you are going or where your stop is, talk to the driver as you enter the bus. They are always helpful.




August 8, 2019- Visiting family


Pros: On time affordable. Cons: The WIFI was not strong.

Pros: On time affordable. Cons: The WIFI was not strong.



July 14, 2019- Visiting family


Late and staff didn’t know what was going on.

Late and staff didn’t know what was going on.

Richmond to Washington DC Route Map

Richmond Washington

How much is a bus ticket from Richmond to Washington DC?

Typically $16.46 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to Washington DC. This one of the best deals on bus tickets we have seen recently on Wanderu, we recommend booking your travel as prices tend to go up quickly. 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 Richmond to Washington DC is expected to range from $21 to $28. If you are looking to travel to Washington DC within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $21. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $21 and can be found on May 17, 2022.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in August. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $22 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Richmond to Washington DC in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $27 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


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 $11.26 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Richmond to Washington DC?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Richmond to Washington DC that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 7 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US62h 5m$17.28
Greyhound72h 26m$31.19
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 6 trips per day from Richmond to Washington, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 7 bus trips from Richmond to Washington every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 26 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Washington usually start from $21.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from Richmond to DC?

Yes, there is train service between Richmond and Washington, DC. Amtrak has 4 lines that cover this route: Amtrak Carolinian, Amtrak Northeast Regional, Amtrak Palmetto and Amtrak Silver Service. Between them, those lines provide 10 direct trains per day. Tickets cost an average of $33, and the travel time is about 2.5 hours.

Is Richmond to Washington a good day-trip?

Richmond to Washington, DC makes for a very doable day-trip. A bus trip takes as little as 2 hours from Richmond, and there are regular buses departing in the morning and returning in the evening. The last bus of the day leaves DC as late as 11:50 p.m., meaning you’ll have time for a very full day in the nation’s capital.

What bus companies depart from Richmond?

Three bus companies have scheduled service to Washington D.C.:

  • Greyhound offers 11 daily trips, the most out of all the bus carriers available. You can buy a Greyhound bus ticket for around $20 to $25.

  • Megabus offers five daily trips, the second most out of all the bus carriers available. You can buy a Megabus ticket for an average of around $15.

  • OurBus offers at least one daily trip for this route. You can buy an OurBus ticket for $10 to $15.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Richmond to Washington 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 from Richmond to Washington?

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 97 miles from Richmond to Washington DC. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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 Richmond?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Richmond to Washington DC, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Washington DC each day?

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Richmond to Washington DC 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 Richmond to Washington DC without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Richmond to Washington DC; ticket prices start at $11.00.

City Information


As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles southeast of the city.

Washington DC

Washington, DC is the capital of the United States, and as such, it offers many points of interest of governmental and historical value. DC is home to several iconic landmarks, including the White House where the U.S. president resides, the Capitol building that houses the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the National Mall, where you can stop by the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial. One of the reasons Washington, DC is among the best destinations to visit with your family is because it is home to so many world-famous museums, including the Smithsonians – 16 museums scattered across the District, most of which are open every day of the week, and even better, every single one is free.

D.C. is not just about politics and museums, though. The city’s active nightlife fittingly ranks it among the biggest party hubs in the country. Head to the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood to check out some of the finest restaurants that the nation’s capital has to offer, and follow that up with a drink (or two) at one of the many bars in the area.

Nested between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, D.C. is a key transportation hub with three nearby airports and several bus and train stations.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Richmond?

Bus Terminal - 2910 N Blvd  - RICGLI-0

Image credit: Miles in Transit

Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 2910 N Blvd

Richmond Bus Terminal is a Greyhound Bus Station that serves several routes across the United States. Along with Greyhound, Flixbus services also operate out of this station. The terminal provides intrastate travel to other cities such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Roanoke. It also acts as a thoroughfare for various long-haul bus routes along the East Coast, including New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Miami. Passengers with time to kill can eat at the onsite restaurant or venture out into The Diamond district, which features several parks, coffee shops, and eateries.

All bus stations in Richmond:

  • Bus Terminal - 2910 N Blvd

  • 70 North 3rd Street

Where does the bus arrive in Washington DC?

Washington, DC - Union Station - DCAUST-0

Main arrival station: Union Station

Opened more than 100 years ago in 1907, Union Station is the largest transportation hub in Washington, D.C. with almost 5 million travelers passing through it every year. As the official headquarters of Amtrak, Union Station is the main train station in the U.S. capital. It is also a major hub for intercity bus travel, serving as the main bus station in D.C. for a number of carriers, including Greyhound, BoltBus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and OurBus. Union Station offers easy transit connections to places all over D.C. with dedicated stops for the city’s metro, bus and streetcar services, as well as commuter rail for travelers to and from the surrounding areas. Additionally, with a full blown shopping mall on the premises, Union Station is also among the most popular shopping destinations in the nation's capital.

All bus stations in Washington DC:

  • Union Station

  • 550 New York Avenue NW

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