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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Greyhound gets a bad rep, but for a lot of people it’s the most affordable option, and for that I appreciate the service. My biggest complaint is their lack of policies to keep people safe. I was recently on a bus that had an individual saying some very vile comments that then turned into violent comments. When we exited the bus I noticed he a long red bag that almost looked like it could have an semi-automatic in it. In this climate we’re in and based on the things he was saying it doesn’t seem like a stretch. Please do better Greyhound.
I was very disappointed with my bus experience.
2 hours in we were stuck in a car wreck for 1.5 hours which I know that is nobodies fault. Then we went through New York City which was in traffic too. When we were finally less than an hour away and I was on a very time sensitive schedule since I needed to make my plane, we pull over the side of the road because of the bus breaking down... because of this and how short I was on time I had to pay an additional $70 to get a Lyft to pick me up on the side of the highway so I could make it to the airport. All of those events combined were very unfortunate but more than anything I think the bus driver provided poor customer service. He was not understanding or even trying to keep us informed with what was going on.
I am lucky I made my flight but very unhappy with yesterday.
Once again, I got off the bus at the Newark Penn Station (in Newark, NJ), because of the huge "PENNSYLVANIA" welcome sign. I thought it was the "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 30th Street Station" in Pennsylvania! This deja vu moment occurred a few years ago with a Greyhound bus, too.
Just a few minutes before we were supposed to get on the bus they let us know the bus would be an hour late. An hour later they started putting people on random buses and only after an hour and a half we left towards new york.
The bus it self was pretty gross. The wifi works for about ten minutes and thats only after trying to figure out how to use it yourself.
The departure bus was delayed by 1 hour with no explanation on why. I had to look for a staff member and call to know what’s going on. No announce were made until I asked about it and even then they could not give me an answer other than “they don’t know and it just delayed.” The arrival time was supposed to be at 5 pm but instead the arrival time was a little bit over 7 pm. I don’t know if they are going to apologize for that or compensate but, I am glad that I wasn’t on a schedule. If some people were on a schedule then I guarantee that it got messed up bad.
The air conditioning was not working when we left Boston. Even though the bus driver wanted to continue the trip. When we got to Nartford, CN he tried changing the bus, because it was already unbearable. Did not work either. By the time we got to New York it was just impossible to stay in the bus. So he decided not to continue the trip. At that time, I called Greyhound and the representative did not do anything to help. The client is the last priority of this company. What a great disappointment.
They double booked the bus so I could not get on the bus and they did not file people on to the bus in the order of their tickets. So I had to take a bus 4 hours later then what was on my ticket originally. Then, the bus driver had to stop 30 minutes away from port authority bc he was near his driving limit but, it was not his fault another driver was supposed to relieve him and did not show up bc the company made a mistake. It was a terrible experience
My departing bus arrived extremely late causing me to miss my connecting bus. Our driver took the HEAVIEST traffic route, and missed multiple turns— adding to our delay. I was able to take a later connecting bus which was also late. Needless to say I won’t be traveling with Peter Pan again as they clearly can’t handle connections. Also when I bought my ticket I wasn’t even informed that it wasn’t a direct route. I wouldn’t have purchased my ticket if I knew that going in.
I had flight that I missed because of the delay. The bus had no air condition and we stopped for almost 3 hours after we left Boston until the mechanic arrives but the said we can’t fix it. So we waited for the back up bus arrived. So for that I need a refund. That was my first and last time riding with your company.
I had the displeasure of riding Greyhound. For the third time in a row the bus driver did not show up to the terminal and so I along with many others were forced to wait sitting on the floor of the dirty terminal from 3:15 am until nearly 7 am. I missed a very important appointment in the morning due to the delay. The staff were terrible shouting at passengers.
I had a connecting bus in NYC. Because of traffic, we arrived 10 minutes past the departure of the connecting bus. The connecting bus left as scheduled.
It was nice that I didn't have to pay for the later bus.
I had to take 2buses to reach Philadelphia from Boston. My first bus met with an accident breaking the window beside me, spilling the glass pieces all over me and leave me with a panic attack. Just tried to cope with the incident and got in the line to board my next bus to Philadelphia which was delayed by 1hour. We had no news or the reason for the delay. No body was there at the help desk who can answer our queries.
Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of riding Greyhound. My bus was scheduled to leave at 3:15 am in the morning from New York City to Philadelphia, but like many others was not able to get on the bus because seats were overbooked. The staff was extremely rude and offered no explanations or apologizes. They also gave us no information on when a next bus would be available. Because of this I was separated from my two friends living from outside of the country. They were stranded in Philadelphia without my guidance. I spent the night in the terminal and was unable to get on a bus until nearly 7 am. There also was no one available at customer service to assist passengers.
Without a doubt, far in away, the most miserable travel experience of my existence. My bus was 5 minutes late to New York from Boston and I missed my transfer bus to Philadelphia at 3:30. I was told that I would be grabdfathered in to the next bus at 4:30, which was slightly inconvenient, but understandable. What’s not understandable is the fact that I left New York at 6:30. I stood in a line for 2 hours, shepherded by the most ruthless dictator of a customer service peasant imaginable. He was rude, lacked any understanding or compassion of the situation, and in my mind should be tried for federal sentencing, or at least mercilessly punished for his transgressions. Peter Pan truly embodies their name—they never grow up. Return trip on the bolt bus was seemless.
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Frequently asked questions for your trip Boston - Philadelphia
How do I get from Boston to Philadelphia without flying?
You can take a bus or a train to go from Boston to Philadelphia. The two options are practical and eco-friendly ways to reach Philadelphia. You can also use carpool services and share a car ride with other travelers.
How long is the bus ride from Boston to Philadelphia?
On average, the trip from Boston to Philadelphia takes around 7h 35m, but you can get there in as little as 6h 5m with the fastest bus. This is the time it takes to travel the 271 miles (436 km) that separate the two cities.
How far is Boston from Philadelphia?
The distance separating Boston and Philadelphia is 271 miles (436 km).
How many buses travel between Boston and Philadelphia daily?
You can choose from 20 travel times and travel with FlixBus and Greyhound. Depending on the day of the week, the number of buses available from Boston to Philadelphia may vary. Want to make your bus journey from Boston to Philadelphia as effortless as possible? Busbud has got you covered! Browse schedules, pick the perfect bus for your travel style and budget - all in one place.
At what time does the first and last bus depart from Boston to Philadelphia?
The bus service operates between 1: 40 AM and 9: 00 PM.
What are the departure and arrival stations when taking the bus from Boston to Philadelphia?
The majority of buses traveling from Boston to Philadelphia start their journey at South Station and wind up at Bus Station. These are the most popular pick-up and drop-off locations on this route, there are other pick-up and drop-off locations that could make it easier for you to reach your destination.
What is the cheapest way to go from Boston to Philadelphia?
Go for the train if you want the most affordable way to travel this route. With prices starting at $36, you won't find a more affordable way to get there.
How much does a bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia cost?
You can expect to pay around $76 for a bus ticket. In the past 30 days, prices have fluctuated between $45 and $202, so it's best to compare them to make sure you get the best deal.
What are the best sights and things to do in Philadelphia?
Once in Philadelphia, you can start exploring the city and discover its surroundings. The top sights and things to do are Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, The Franklin Institute, Eastern State Penitentiary, Betsy Ross House.
Best time to book your trip
Price is for a one-way ticket for one passenger and based on past departures.
Days before departure
Buddy tip: The best time to book this trip is usually 90 days before departure.
The average bus ticket from Boston to Philadelphia costs around $64 for departures 90 days prior.
To save money and be sure you have the best seat, it's a good idea to buy your bus tickets from Boston to Philadelphia, as early as possible. The best time to find and book cheap bus tickets is to book at least 90 days in advance.
By doing so, you can expect to save around 20% on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
Usually FlixBus will charge you higher prices for tickets closer to the departure date. To find the best prices, you should be flexible on your date of travel.
About Bus Travel
Bus Travel Tips
Make friends with the driver. They usually know a lot about your destination and may even recommend which side of the bus to sit on to get the best views on the road between Boston and Philadelphia!
Much more than a mere vehicle taking you from Boston to Philadelphia, riding the bus will expose you to some of the most stunning panoramas while enroute to your final bus stop.
Buses are energy-efficient. Carrying a passenger over 100 kms by coach only takes 0.6-0.9 liters of gas. Compare that to the 2.6 liters required by high-speed train, 6.6 liters by airplane and 7.6 liters by gas-powered car, and it's clear that the bus is a more environmentally-conscious option for your bus transportation from Boston to Philadelphia.
Make a music playlist for your bus ride from Boston to Philadelphia, and enjoy the scenery to tunes from your own personal soundtrack.
Did you know?
Did you know there are on average 4,400 intercity bus departures every day in the US only? This number has been growing for 9 years in a row, yay!
The word 'bus' is an abbreviation of 'omnibus" which means 'for all' in Latin as buses were meant to be transportation for everybody.
Did you know some bus companies in Germany offer to their passenger low-costs snacks and regional beer based on their destination? Prosit!
What's the cheapest way to go from Boston to Philadelphia?
The bus is the cheapest travel choice for this destination
Travel Time5h 43m
Travel Time7h 35m
The best way to travel between Boston and Philadelphia is by bus. By choosing the bus, you'll get to save some money as you travel to your destination, as ticket prices cost $76 on average. If you're on a budget, you'll find cheap tickets from $43. If you're looking for the fastest way to get to Philadelphia, choose the bus, as it will take you from Boston to Philadelphia in about 5h 43m - that's the fastest way to get there!
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