Bus Travel

Bus Travel 101: The Wheels on the Bus…..

July 3, 2015

Woo, I made it to Philly!

I also learned that I’m practically incapable of getting off at the right bus stop. Oh well, you learn something new everyday.

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And while bussing is generally the most frowned upon mode of transportation, I’ve found that for short distances, it’s totally fine. I took Megabus (one of the cheapest bus services) to Philly and it was really civilised and organised. Were I heading to a different part of the country i’d look for a NYC bus charter, or one local to the area, and see what the prices are like. Because I got there early (like 20-minutes-early; I’m one of those people), I even got a seat on the second level of the bus to myself.

Bus travel gets a bad rep for being the worse but it really does have it’s redeeming qualities.(<- spoken as a true reformed woman; I used to loathe the idea of bus travel). Some advantages of bus travel are:

+ It’s Cheap
You can literally go from NYC to DC round trip for just $5. Perfect for students who have the rest of their lives to pay for fancy travel.
+Widely accessible.
Megabus has service in the US, the UK and some of continental Europe. Not bad right?

+Uncomplicated.
You book it online and just show up with a confirmation code. No airport security or complicated transfers.


Disadvantages: it’s a bus. Jk. But in all honesty the only downside is just that bus travel generally takes a bit more time (speed limits on a highway ? speed limits in the air). But honestly, if you’re not pressed for time, bussing is well worth it.

There are also a few tips that I picked up on this most recent excursion:
+ Bring a jacket/blanket (that AC is blasting)
+ Water makes everything better (always hydrating)
+ Know where to get on/off (and actually get there early)

What are your thoughts on bus travel? Are you a car, train or plane person?

PS. I’m taking a long weekend. See you guys on Tuesday! xx

*Images from here and here.

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