Bus travel gives other modes run for the money

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  1. sobore
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    Buses are starting to give airlines, trains, and even cars a run for their money. With spiffed up coaches, internet reservations, and often significantly cheaper fares, bus travel is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to flying, taking the train and even driving your own car, according to a new study released Monday.

    "It's a . . . mode of travel that's really shaking things up,'' says Joseph Schwieterman, director of DePaul University's Chaddick Institute which conducted the study. "The ability to hop on a bus for half the price of the next cheapest option is a game changer.''

    The study tracked the cost of taking a plane, bus or train from Oct. 2013 to January 2014 in 52 city pairs that ranged in distance from 100 to 500 miles.

    Depending on whether tickets were bought a day, a week or 28 days in advance, a ride on an inter-city bus was on average 50% to 55% cheaper than a ride on Amtrak.

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    My wife and I feel like bus prices are increasing significantly. Historically we have had good luck buying tickets from DC to NYC in the under $20 price range each way, commonly about $15, but at times $1 or $5. Just this weekend we drove to NYC (Yonkers) because tickets were $65/round trip despite planning ahead and checking prices the minute they were posted. At the $130 round trip for two it becomes cheaper and more convenient time wise to drive. If we were staying in the city then parking costs might make the bus desirable.
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    Thanks for posting this article, sobore!

    There are increasing choices for bus travel in major metropolitan areas. For example, in the Washington, D.C. to NYC commute, the choices include:
    - Bolt Bus
    - DC2NY
    - Greyhound
    - Hola
    - Megabus
    - MVP
    - New Century
    - Tripper
    - Vamoose
    - Washington Deluxe

    A recent article in the Washington Post reviews, rates, and compares all of these bus companies, and is well worth reading if you're in either D.C. or NYC, and considering travel between these 2 cities (check out the 1 to 4 bus ratings!):

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