Riding the Megabus

megabusThe Megabus started up service between Albany and NYC last month with the promise of (a few) one dollar fares. So how is it? Matthew Loiacono recently tried it out -- and it sounds like it went OK. From his account:

If you are looking for precise arrival times to NYC, this option may not be what you're looking for. For the trip down, the departure was exactly on time: 2:30PM, however the arrival to Penn Station was more like 5:45 instead of the expected 5:15PM. The traffic at that hour was insane, so I'd say it was in no fault to the company or the driver... more of typical NYC travel woes. The ride home was approximately 15 minutes late arriving to the Amtrak station, but one could chalk that up to the fairly inclement weather that dropped upon the northeast that weekend. It's not an exact science yet, so be prepared for a little wiggle-room on the arrivals.

If you're interested in taking the Mega, be sure to read Matthew's whole post -- he has a bunch of tips about taking it.

photo: Flickr user Andrew Ciscel

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I just rode the Megabus from NYC to Albany and I was quite pleased. The pick up location was clear, the drivers professional-seeming, and the bus left right on time--and arrived 10 minutes early. The bus was clean (though the bathroom needed a little more attention) and cold (bring a sweater against the a/c). I would definitely do it again, especially if I knew my travel dates in advance and could therefore get the cheaper fares (I paid $24, for not booking until two nights before).

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