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The Globe Reviews Buses to NYC

7/01/2008 01:09:00 AM
This past weekend's "Money & Careers" section in the Globe had a front page piece reviewing the different bus options for traveling to NYC. There's not too much more than what you can find in my "Traveling to NYC" blog entry (here).

In this culminating article, Nicole Wong compares five lines: Bolt Bus, Mega Bus, Lucky Star, Fung Wah, and Greyhound/Peter Pan. Her top choice - Bolt Bus.

I personally have ridden all of the bus lines except for Mega Bus. I'd have to say that if I were to rank them, I'd put Greyhound/Peter Pan last, then Fung Wah, then Lucky Star, and then Bolt Bus on the top.

As you'll recall, my first experience with Bolt Bus was rather terrible (here). I've ridden Bolt Bus two more times since then and the ride has been a little better. The biggest thing for me is the additional legroom that Bolt Bus has when compared to Lucky Star. When you're sitting for 4-5 hours, a little extra legroom goes a long way.

Lucky Star, however, allows you a bit more flexibility in terms of letting you just buy a ticket 15 minutes before you want to leave - whereas for bolt bus you have to buy a scheduled ticket and stick with it. Also, the Lucky Star drivers speed like it's going out of style - thereby getting you to NYC in record time. My last few Bolt Bus rides took almost 5 hours.

I think the biggest thing you need to keep in mind when riding these discount buses is that more often than not, something is going to go wrong - afterall you only paid $15 for your ride. Whether it's traffic, a bus showing up late, no air conditioning, a few crazy passengers on board with you, etc - most of the time, you get what you paid for. Take it with a grain of salt.

Click (here) to read the article for yourself.

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1 Response to "The Globe Reviews Buses to NYC"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    About a month ago, I rode Greyhound from Providence to NYC and the driver didnt know how to get to NYC !!, so I had to use my google maps on my blackberry and get her to NYC. Then there was a shoot out on I-95 and I had to redirect the bus waaaay north into CT and wind our way down through Westchester into the Bronx, then Manhattan. It took 7 hours and a full battery on my blackberry. Wrote a letter to Greyhound, heard nothing. Drivers with no clue of directions - not fun!

    Posted on 7/1/08, 11:45 AM


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