High gas prices boost bus travel
After decades of decline, bus travel is on the rise again. But is it right for you?
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2. Megabus, with its Chicago hub, serves Midwest travelers well and, to a lesser extent, the Northeast.Skip to next paragraph
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3. The Fung Wah Chinatown bus has cheap service between major cities in the Northeast, but don’t expect Greyhound-style professionalism: Tales of Fung Wah drivers asking passengers for directions are not exaggerated.
A final word: I would not hesitate to recommend bus travel to anyone for shorter day trips. But the prospect of a long-haul journey requires some sober consideration.
Cost comparisonNew York City to Washington: 228 miles
|Bus||4 hours||$15-55 (see note below)|
|Car||4 hours||$123 (see note)|
|Train||3 hours, 20 min||$100-125|
|Plane||1 hour, 30 min.||$75-150|
Chicago to San Francisco: 2,100 miles
|Bus||2 days, 5 hours||$163-182|
|Car||1 day, 17 hours||$1,136|
|Train||2 days, 6 hours||$180|
|Plane||5 to 7 hours||$300-440|
Boston to New Orleans: 1,500 miles
|Bus||1 day, 15 hours||$165-185|
|Car||1 day, 8 hours||$811|
|Train||1 day, 10 hours||$175|
Notes: Car expenses calculated using AAA average figure of 54.1 cents per mile. Advance-purchase (four weeks) bus tickets may cost half as much.
Sources: mapquest.com; AAA; Kayak.com; Greyhound Lines; Megabus; Fung Wah Bus Transportation; Amtrak.