Well, here it is, only January 23rd, and I have two trips to the Big Apple under my belt. If you follow my blog at all, you know that I have stated several things I've wanted to try. One of them was going to and from NYC on Megabus. Well, this past week, I did just that. And I have to say, so far so good! I think this might just be the best way to get to New York and back to my little Vermont town. Not that there aren't some drawbacks, but, really, aren't there drawbacks to every situation?
Overall, the drawbacks are few: You have to wait in line, outside. You don't have an assigned seat, so getting there early is essential.
The benefits are many: You don't have to drive. You don't have to park. You don't have to worry about your car. You aren't paying for gas, tolls or parking. You can eat, talk, get online, read, and take a nap. You can get up and go to the bathroom (I didn't, but only because I have a thing about moving whilst I pee...) And even at its most expensive, you can't beat the price or the convenience.
And as my mother always says, "if you don't like the service, don't use it again." She also says, "you get what you pay for." So if there are snafus or drawbacks on your Megabus experience, keep those bits of wisdom in mind. As for me, I think I shall be a regular customer, even when I do overnight trips. And I think I might try to work an itinerary to Boston, Philadelphia, or DC! Not bad for a guy from the mountains of Vermont!
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(Photos from the megabus.com website.)