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New York City <-> Boston Buses

Distance between Boston MA and New York City is 216 miles (347 km), bus-ride time is 4-1/2 to 5 hours. Bus departures are frequent. Fares range from $19 to $43+, with lots of companies from which to choose.


New York City to Boston highway route map.

Flixbus, GO Buses, Greyhound, Megabus, OurBus and Peter Pan compete fiercely on the Boston-to-New York City bus route, with promotional fares as low as $5, normal fares from $11 to $39, and luxury-service fares which are still cheaper than most flights or Amtrak Acela express train fares.

Should You Go by Bus?

Are you sure you want to travel by bus? Here's how to decide whether you want to travel between Boston and New York City by car, bus, train or plane. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. More...

Bus Facilities & Comfort

South Station Transportation Center, Boston MA
Boston's South Station Bus Terminal, the city's main terminal for intercity buses, served by two subway lines, Commuter Rail and Amtrak.

Most buses carry about 50 passengers, and are equipped with Wifi, reclining seats, power outlets, and on-board toilets. Some buses make a 10-minute rest stop at a restaurant with food, drinks, and toilets. (Alas, LimoLiner, the luxury bus service between New York City and Boston, is out of business and no longer operating.)

Most buses are ADA compliant, meaning that the bus stops, coaches and staff are equipped and able to assist passengers with disabilities.

Bus Fares & Tickets

Fares change constantly, but they range (at this writing) from $25 to $65, one-way, depending on date, day of the week, and departure time.

Many buses use Boston's South Station Bus Terminal and New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, but there are other departure and arrival points as well, many of which are curb stops on street corners, not bus stations.

It's best—and at busy times, essential—to buy your bus ticket in advance online or via the bus company's smartphone app. With the app you can reserve your seat, buy your ticket, track your bus's location, and receive receipts and reports.

Departures & Travel Time

Buses between Boston and New York (Manhattan) depart from 7:00 am to 1:30 am. Travel time may be anywhere from 4 hr 10 min to 5 hr 30 min, depending on traffic.

Flixbus, Greyhound & Lucky Star

Flixbus, the big European bus company, has moved into the USA and now runs 34 buses daily with Flixbus, Greyhound or Lucky Star livery between Greater Boston and New York City. The first bus departs at 7:00 am, the last one at 1:30 am.

Most buses depart from the City of Boston, with a few from Cambridge and Brookline, and from New York using the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Midtown (31st St & 8th Ave), GW Bridge, or the Lucky Star stop at 145 Canal Street.

Trips take 4 hr 10 minutes to 5 hr, depending on traffic. Fare is usually $34 one-way (including the company's compulsory $3.99 "transaction fee"— your cost for the privilege of buying a ticket). More...

GO Buses

GO Buses

The GO Buses difference is they serve not Boston proper but the suburbs of Cambridge and Newton. Buses depart Cambridge's MBTA Red Line Alewife subway station, stop at Newton's Riverside Green Line station, and arrive near New York City's Pennsylvania Station for fares of $24 to $55. More...

Megabus

The Megabus international company serves the Boston-New York route with eight trips daily in each direction, with some departures operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines (see below). Coaches travel between Boston's South Station Bus Terminal and Manhattan. Fares are about $42 to $47 one-way. More...

OurBus

OurBus uses two streetside locations in Boston's Back Bay for its two daily departures and arrivals: Dalton and Belvedere Streets (in front of the Sheraton Hotel), and the street location of 177 Huntington Avenue. One-way fares are around $23 to $27. More...

Peter Pan Bus

New England's premier intercity bus company offers nine direct New York-to-Boston bus departures daily (including some with Bonanza or Megabus livery). One-way fares range from $36 to $65, depending on date and time. More...

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Maine & New Hampshire to New York

Perhaps you're not departing from Boston, but from Concord or Nashua, New Hampshire, or Portland, Maine. If so, you're in luck: Concord Coach Lines operates a premium service (by advance reservation only) from Concord and Nashua, New Hampshire, and Portland, Maine, to New York City. The Manhattan stop is at 373 East 42nd Street, at 1st Avenue, around the corner from United Nations Plaza. You must buy your tickets online, in advance, for this deluxe service. More...