Monday, 5 January 2009

Bargain US Bus Journeys

In 2007 the last leg of my round the world trip was from Boston to New York City. I was looking around for a cheap bus service between the two cities and stumbled upon the Fung Wah Bus Company. For a budget traveller it was top notch as the three and a half hour bus journey only cost $15! To put this into perspective, the cab fare from the hostel in Boston to the bus terminal was the same price.

I travelled at about 11am and the bus was completely full but I guess this all adds to the atmosphere right? Despite the cheap price, you may have to put up with mediocre on board entertainment which for us happened to be a low budget martial arts movie, so I just put on the iPod and closed my eyes (what a party animal). However, after a little research on the web, I found that my Boston to New York price could be beaten by the Lucky Star bus company. They could offer the same journey for as little as $1 if you were prepared to travel at 6am, or competitive prices at other times of the day.

It does seem that these Chinatown buses from Boston do offer very good rates travel and beat the Greyhound services hand down. It is always wise to shop around online for alternative bus companies to the Greyhound as you may be surprised by what you find. There are other cheap services operating down the East Coast to Washington, Philadelphia and Georgia to name a few so always consider these before you pick the tempting yet pricier option of a budget airline. For a comprehensive list of alternative bus services at competitive prices so be sure to take a look here.

If anyone else has bagged a transport bargain on their travels please leave a comment so we can all ‘tap that resource’.

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At 16 June 2009 at 18:28 , Blogger Gemma said...

Travelling by bus in the US can definitely keep costs down, and it means you can sit back and relax while somebody else does the driving.

But if you want more flexibility with your schedule, hiring a car can be an ideal way of getting from one US destination to another, without missing out on anything.

It should be easy and straightforward to hire a car, but it can get a bit confusing sometimes. Do check out Auto Europe's new Car Rental Roadmap if you get the chance ( It's a step-by-step guide, detailing any hidden costs, which insurance you really need, and how to get the right sort of car for your journey.


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