How to Travel on the Bus from DC to New York

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Perpetual fare wars make taking the bus from Washington, D.C., to New York City an economical choice. If you’re flexible, you might find a fare for as low as $1 one-way. Buses, departing from the city's Union Station, Chinatown, Dupont Circle and the D.C. suburbs leave Washington at all times of the day and night.

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  • Greyhound’s first bus to New York departs very early in the morning -- the last leaves close to midnight. The majority of the routes are express buses, and the trip takes from four to five hours. Keep in mind that express doesn't mean non-stop. Check the schedule for your particular bus to see how many stops it makes. Express buses have electrical outlets, Wi-Fi and extra legroom. The ability to print tickets before your trip and reserved seating on express buses mean you don’t have to wait in line at the bus station. Book online for the best fares. Greyhound also operates Bolt Bus between Washington, D.C., and New York, offering similar amenities to the Greyhound express bus service. Buses have restrooms.

Greyhound's Competitors

  • The quality of service varies on Greyhound’s competitors, so if you choose to book one of them, do your research ahead of time. In addition to departures from Union Station, Best Bus picks up passengers at Dupont Circle and in Silver Spring, Maryland. The buses have Wi-Fi and outlets, and provide complimentary bottled water. Washington Deluxe also departs from Union Station and Dupont Circle, and offers one free voucher for a one-way ticket after four round-trip rides. If you don’t want a seat mate, consider Vamoose’s Gold Bus, with a double row of seats on one side and single seats on the other. Buses have restrooms.

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