There are 9 ways to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks by bus, car, car ferry, plane, train or night bus

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, drive, ferry, car ferry via Swan Quarter, NC  •  17 h 35 min

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

$66 - $125

8 alternative options

Bus, 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

Bus Wanda Coach, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  22 h 37 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  •  6 h 11 min

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

$182 - $500

Fly Philadelphia to Newport News, drive  •  6 h 49 min

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

$184 - $933

Train to Baltimore, fly to Norfolk, drive  •  6 h 21 min

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

$226 - $512

Train to Newark, fly to Norfolk, drive  •  6 h 45 min

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

$199 - $633

Fly Philadelphia to Salisbury, night bus, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  15 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Salisbury (SBY) PHL - SBY
  2. Take the night bus from Salisbury, Md to Norfolk, Va
  3. Drive from Waterside & Commercial 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

$207 - $867

Questions & Answers

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 6 h 11 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 17 h 35 min to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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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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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks.
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  • Distance: 305.2 miles
  • Duration: 17 h 35 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 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. Alternatively, 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.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Newport News
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Salisbury
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Newark to Norfolk via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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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
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Night bus from Salisbury, Md to Norfolk, Va
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA to New York
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
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
Ferry operators
North Carolina Department of Transportation - NCDOT
Website
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
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 Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov

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