Traveling by bus to DC
Useful information for your bus trip
Go Buses, Peter Pan, FlixBus, TripperBus, CoachRun, OurBus, BestBus, Greyhound and BoltBus buses usually have power outlets, WiFi, toilets, and A/C. However, Busbud recommends bringing snacks and wearing comfortable clothes to fully enjoy your trip.
What are the boarding requirements?
Bus companies recommend arriving 30 minutes before the departure time. Prepare your paper ticket, e-ticket or obtain it directly at the station (Will Call ticket, only for Greyhound) for your bus from New York to Washington and a valid photo ID.
How much luggage can I take on the bus?
Each bus company has its own luggage policy. As a general guideline, for your bus trip between New York and Washington, you are allowed one carry-on bag and one luggage. Your luggage should not weight more than 23 kg (50 lbs) and your carry-on should fit in the overheard compartment of the bus.
New York ➟ Washington: bus vs car
|Average cost of travel||$20||$61|
|Average travel time||4 h 30 min||4 h|
|Carbon footprint (CO2 emissions)||40 kg of CO2||91 kg of CO2|
Is the bus environmentally-friendly?
🍃On average, the bus generates 77% less CO2 emissions in the atmosphere than traveling the same distance between New York and DC by car (about 225 miles).
Is the bus cheaper than the car for a trip between New York City and Washington DC?
🚌 The bus is 94% cheaper than the car for a trip between New York and Washington. You can find bus tickets starting as low as $8.
Did you know?
Things to do in Washington DC
Once arrived, you'll be able to start exploring the city and its surroundings! Take a tour of all the DC monuments such as the White House, the US Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial. You should also head to one of DC's many world-class museums, the Smithsonians. They are all completely free!