This is a product endorsement. I wanted to go down to NYC from Boston for a few days, quite spontaneously. So I grabbed a hotel room via priceline at 2:30 in the afternoon; and then I had to find a way to get to down there.
For the past few years there has been an bloom of extremely cheap bus rides to NYC; these run from chinatown to chinatown. The press reports are totally wild-west. Fires, sleeping drivers, gun battles between competitors! But yeah, it’s cheap!
Recently the more established bus companies have decided they need to compete and two new lines have entered the competition. Boltbus and Megabus they both sell a few tickets for a few bucks, i.e. as a teaser rate; but their full fares are cheap too.
So I went downtown and into the bus station and found BoltBus guy sitting in his bus, they leave every hour on the hour. He took my $20 and I climbed in. It would have cheaper if I’d bought the ticket online but it wasn’t clear which one I was going to catch.
Very nice bus, nice drivers, very comfortable smooth fast ride. The trip back was even smoother, taking a little under 4 hours. For both trips the bus was about 30% or less full; so plenty of room to stretch out.
But most importantly free WIFI and a plug! On the trip down a guy behind me drew a crowd as they all watched the Celtics live in the basketball playoffs; via the WIFI.