Greyhound (800-231-2222, www.greyhound.com) offers passenger bus service around North America, with more than 13,000 daily departures to more than 3,800 destinations. For Washington area terminals, travelers can hop on the Dog in Northeast Washington (Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave.), Springfield (6770 Frontier Dr.), Woodbridge (1040 Express Dr.), Silver Spring (8100 Fenton St.), New Carrollton (4700 Garden City Dr., Lanham), Annapolis (308 Chinquapin Round Rd.) and Frederick (MARC train station, 100 S. East St.). Greyhound also runs express service from Washington (perks include direct routes, free WiFi, advance fares from $1, leather seats, power outlets, etc.) as well as the daily Lucky Streak bus to Atlantic City.
Peter Pan (800-343-9999, www.peterpanbus.com) departs from Union Station, Silver Spring (Greyhound terminal) and New Carrollton (Metro Amtrak Station) and travels north to New Hampshire. Fleets of low-fare buses offer daily express service between Washington and New York, as well as to Baltimore, Wilmington, Del., and Philadelphia.
For the Manhattan route, some companies tout one-way fares of $1, but unless you book way in advance, most single trips cost $11 to $21, plus a nominal booking fee. Popular lines include BoltBus, owned/operated by Greyhound/Peter Pan (877-265-8287, www.boltbus.com), BestBus, formerly known as DC2NY (202-332-2691, www.dc2ny.com), Washington Deluxe (866-287-6932, www.washny.com) and Megabus (877-462-6342, www.megabus.com), a subsidiary of Coach USA. Most of the vehicles feature free WiFi and power outlets.
The buses pick up from several locations in the District (Union Station, Dupont Circle, etc.) and typically drop passengers off near Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Outside the city, Vamoose (877-393-2828, www.vamoosebus.com) and Tripper Bus (877-826-3874, www.tripperbus.com) serve Bethesda and Arlington. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, BestBus runs seasonal service to the Delaware beach towns of Dewey and Rehoboth; fare is $40 one way.
For deals and discounts, sign up for each bus line’s frequent-rider program.