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There are 8 ways to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks by bus, car, car ferry, plane or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus Greyhound USA, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  19 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Hampton, Va
  2. Drive from Waterside & Commercial to Cedar Island, NC
  3. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  4. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$76 - $141

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Bus Wanda Coach, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  22 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia to New York
  2. Take the bus from New York to New Bern, NC Nyc
  3. Drive from New Bern, NC to Swan Quarter, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$106 - $113

Bus Wanda Coach, drive, ferry, car ferry #2  •  22 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York
  2. Take the bus from New York to New Bern, NC Nyc
  3. Drive from New Bern, NC to Swan Quarter, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$98 - $105

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Buxton 399.6 miles

$35 - $60

Fly Philadelphia to Norfolk, drive  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Norfolk (ORF) PHL - ORF
  2. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$180 - $497

Fly Philadelphia to Newport News, drive  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Newport News (PHF) PHL - PHF
  2. Drive from Newport News to Buxton

$182 - $930

Train to Baltimore, fly to Norfolk, drive  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Norfolk (ORF) BWI - ORF
  3. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$226 - $512

Train to Washington Dulles, fly to Norfolk, drive  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Norfolk (ORF) IAD - ORF
  3. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$227 - $560

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 8 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks is to fly and drive which costs $180 - $500 and takes 5 h 32 min.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Outer Banks is 305 miles. The road distance is 399.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 19 h 14 min to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Norfolk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 1 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Outer Banks is 400 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 17 min to drive from Philadelphia to Outer Banks.

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American Airlines offers flights from Philadelphia Airport to Norfolk Airport.

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There are eight+ hotels available in Outer Banks. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $7.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks.
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  • Distance: 305.2 miles
  • Duration: 19 h 14 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Outer Banks, NC, USA?

There is no direct connection from Philadelphia to Buxton. However, you can take the bus to Hampton, Va, take the walk to Hampton Transfer Center, take the line 961 bus to Waterside & Commercial, take the drive to Cedar Island, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton. Alternatively, you can take the bus to New York, take the bus to New Bern, NC, take the drive to Swan Quarter, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Newport News
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Hampton, Va
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Focus
Phone
+1 215-625-2727
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Philadelphia to New York
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York to New Bern, NC
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
wandacoach.com
Ferry operators
North Carolina Department of Transportation - NCDOT
Website
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov

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