$1 Buses From New York City to Either Boston or Washington DC!?!?
After living my entire life in NYC, I went to college in Washington DC and have traveled back and forth every possible way imaginable, by car, bus, train and plane. I used to be able to get one way flights for $41(!) as a student, but that Delta Shuttle deal didn’t last too long and more recently, I’ve mainly just taken cheap buses (like Washington Deluxe) when I’ve wanted to take trips to either Boston or back to Washington DC, where most of my friends are living at the moment.
I was talking with my grandfather today and he told me to check out the NY Times, they reported on 3/25 that two different companies announcing their new bus lines by offering trips between NYC and Boston/Washington DC for… $1!The two companies are BoltBus (a division of Greyhound) and MegaBus (part of Coach USA) and both will offer new buses with more comfortable seats, more legroom, free wireless internet and electrical plugs for your personal electronics (laptops, cell phone/mp3 chargers, portable dvd players, etc).
To get the $1 fares, you need to reserve your tickets online, two weeks in advance, from their prospective websites, but Megabus.com wants to make an even more enticing offer, if you make reservations to travel between May 30 and June 5, they’re offering free tickets! I think I know where I’m going to be heading for the next couple of long weekends now!
*September 9th Update* This past weekend I got back from a day trip to Philadelphia. I took Bolt Bus down to Philly from NYC and MegaBus back to NYC later that night because of scheduling. If you have the option, DEFINITELY choose Bolt Bus over MegaBus EVERY time. Bolt Bus left on time and arrived early, with comfortable seats that had 110volt plugs for electronic devices. In contrast, on the ride home, I tried to catch the earlier bus than the one I originally scheduled, only to find out that that earlier bus never arrived (even though Megabus’ customer service telephone agents kept saying that the bus would be arriving soon) and the dozen or so people who were waiting for that earlier bus had to wait over 2 hours to get on the last scheduled bus for the night. Suffice it to say, that later bus was not as comfortable and didn’t offer power plugs for passengers, since this was an older Coach USA bus. Considering that I paid the same rate for both Bolt and Megabus, Bolt was a vastly superior experience.