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5 Trips Under $50 - Departing Washington, DC

Updated on July 15, 2016

Everyone knows travel is good for the soul, but not always for the wallet. Here are the best destinations for trip that will put your wanderlust and financial worries to rest.


Union Station is a treasure often overlooked by travelers. While bus transportation might not always be one's first choice, some lines can actually be quite enjoyable and affordable.

As always, you should research each line and route, and prioritize which amenities are most important for you--newly renovated bus lines, such as Megabus, may cost an extra few dollars over other lines, but may include additional comforts such as outlets and WiFi access. However, with just a little searching, it is easy to find the perfect trip for you, cheap, and within minutes.

Williamsburg, Virginia

The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg
The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg | Source

Greyhound - $45 Round Trip

Much like DC, Williamsburg boasts a historical charm entirely its own. While it may be known to many as a historical destination, filled with museums and reenactments, Williamsburg has come to boast quite a selection of alternative activities. If palaces and taverns aren't for you, check out the local ghost walks, designer outlets, and amusement parks nearby.

Greyhound tickets may be upgraded to Economy Extra, which includes priority boarding, for a sizable fee.

A marker468 N Boundary St -
468 N Boundary St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA
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New York, New York

Manhattan, America's favorite skyline
Manhattan, America's favorite skyline | Source

Megabus - $30 Round Trip

New York City has plenty of options to provide even the most under-planned traveler with an exciting adventure. From the moment you step off the bus and onto 7th street, just south of Times Square and blocks away from the Subway, you are in the heart of the city. With so much to do and so little time, this inexpensive getaway is sure to become a fast favorite.

Evening and overnight buses are the best, as prices often drop to $15 or less, depending on the day of the week. Megabus offers $1 - $7 seating upgrades each way.

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7th Ave & W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
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Atlantic City, New Jersey

The infamous "Boardwalk," which inspired the board game Monopoly
The infamous "Boardwalk," which inspired the board game Monopoly | Source

Megabus & Amtrak - $30 Round Trip

Searching for a luxurious destination without breaking the budget? Look no further than Atlantic City. Whether you are seeking a classic boardwalk experience, an exciting evening on the town, or just want to test your luck at the slots, this dynamic destination offers it all.

Megabus offers $1 - $7 seating upgrades each way.

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1 Atlantic City Expy, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Geno's, one of two legendary Philadelphia sandwich shops
Geno's, one of two legendary Philadelphia sandwich shops | Source

Megabus - $10 Round Trip

Whether your passions include food, history, art, or architecture, Philadelphia is always a great idea. With Philadelphia's top TripAdvisor attractions, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation, greeting you from just across the Schuylkill River, making this $10 trip convenient in more than one way.

Megabus offers $1 - $7 seating upgrades each way.

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30th Street Station, 2955 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Common in spring
Boston Common in spring | Source

Megabus - $50 Round Trip

The longest trip on this list may prove to be the most unique. While this bus ride may not be for the faint at heart, the trip itself includes a gorgeous road trip through many of the Northeastern states, complete with the modern luxuries of WiFi and accessible outlets. Once in Boston, be sure to take in its cultural attractions, such as the legendary Fenway Park, the Museum of the Fine Arts, and the Freedom Trails.

Megabus offers $1 - $7 seating upgrades each way.

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S Station Connector, Boston, MA, USA
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Packing for a Day Trip

If you are planning on taking a day trip to any of the above locations, here are some items it might be worthwhile to consider packing:

  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • An extra shirt
  • Portable power bank / phone charger
  • Snacks
  • Extra cash
  • A friend

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