This weekend, I took my first ever Bolt Bus trip to New York City.
I have heard about how amazing it is from tons of students on campus. Here’s the deal: Super cheap (sometimes you can get $1 fares) bus trips with WiFi. They go to various cities in the Northeast.
I had to make a quick trip to New York and opted to take the bus instead of the train. Literally, the round trip on the bus was $40 versus what normally would be $220+ on the train. Hello, win.
Considering riding? Here are my tips:
- Remember the price that you paid. Don’t expect to receive better service. You get what you pay for…. I will admit, I found the drivers to be extraordinarily friendly and helpful!
- Bring earplugs and/or headphones. You’re allowed to eat on the bus which means obnoxious apple-and-chip-eating noises.
- Speaking of food… Bring food and water!!!
- Also, bring candy. (It helps… haha)
- Arrive early, you may be able to hop onto an earlier bus. In the morning, I showed up ten minutes earlier than they suggested and scored a seat that got me in the city 45 minutes earlier!
- If you’re riding at night, don’t expect to be able to get that much “work” done. I found that it was way too dark.
- Register before purchasing your first ticket. You get an “A” boarding pass that allows you to get first choice seating! You can also start collecting reward points that can be redeemed for trips in the future!
- Bring your cell phone charger! I loved that each seat pair had two electrical outlets.
- There is WiFi, but don’t expect to stream videos. It was perfect for Pandora, Tumblr, answering emails, and tweeting… but nothing too crazy!
- Last, going back to the first issue… have patience. My returning trip bus left 30 minutes late because there was some sort of random “inspection” at the bus station going on. (We still arrived 20 minutes earlier than the ticket said we would.) So many people in line were incredibly obnoxious about having to wait a few more minutes. Hello, you paid $20. Relax.
Has anyone else done the whole “Bolt Bus” or “Mega Bus” travel? How’d it go for you? Any other tips you’d like to share???
PS I did the round trip in one day. And survived.
PPS It was so good, in fact, that I want to do another day trip… possibly during “study days” before finals. Can we do a meetup so I have an excuse to come up??? haha