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

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Recommended option

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

7 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

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Buxton 399.6 miles

$35 - $60

Fly Philadelphia to Norfolk, drive  •  5 h 36 min

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

$181 - $498

Fly Philadelphia to Newport News, drive  •  6 h 18 min

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

$183 - $931

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 - $509

Train to Washington Dulles, fly to Norfolk, drive  •  8 h 6 min

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

$227 - $560

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

  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

$206 - $865

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 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Newport News
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Salisbury
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Norfolk via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Philadelphia and Outer Banks is 488 km. The road distance is 639 km.

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

The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks is to fly and drive which takes 5 h 36 min and costs $180 - $500.

It takes approximately 17 h 35 min to get from Philadelphia to Outer Banks, including transfers.