Greyhound vs Bolt bus. Comparisons please

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  1. dhammer53
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    Can anyone tell me the differences between riding Greyhound vs the Bolt bus? I know Bolt has more legroom, wi-fi, and power. I know that the new Greyhound busses have the same (don't know about the old ones).

    Bolt is a few dollars cheaper than Greyhound NYC/BAL. I was going to train it, but at $100 R/T vs $20's - $30's on the bus, it's not a consideration. FYI, the bus ride is longer.

    Comments?
     
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    Have you thought about using amtrak points? they're very reasonable from baltimore to NYC. Bolt is a greyhound and peter pan joint venture. I wouldn't pay more for greyhound vs bolt. but if bolt is cheaper than greyhound why not. Newer busses and same level of maintenance, safety, etc.
     
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    You take your chances...

    You could be stuck with an older Greyhound bus with fewer amenities.

    You can also be dropped off (or have to wait) in some pretty odd spots for Bolt Bus. I don't like Port Authority, but it's a functioning indoor terminal.

    EDIT: I may have been thinking of Megabus.
     
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  4. LarryInNYC

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    Bolt is owned by Greyhound. I've had a few Bolt bus trips and they've been just okay, but not particularly comfortable. I did the Baltimore to NYC route and didn't enjoy it — the bus was full and I had a crummy seat (I think there may have been something wrong with it). I normally don't mind bus travel.

    Be aware that Bolt buses do fill up and you'll need a reservation for many of their departures.
     
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    This never dawned on me. I have enough points (4000) to book a 1 way trip. Hmmm. Based on the bus redemption, the 4000 point Amtrak ticket is only worth $20 some odd dollars. What's the value of an Amtrak point these days?
     
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    Bolt Bus picks up streetside near the Sabrros in NYC, it's the usual zoo.

    I've head riders that have said the gray hound is muck better because of the terminal.

    Personally the buses are fine for me, but sometimes you do have equipment swaps and you get a random contact bus. But that might be more common on the smaller brands.

    Generally we use the lowest priced bus each way, be it mega bus, bolt bus, washington Delux/to NYC, vamoose etc... We also take the bus dc -> Philly to save stress and parking $.
     
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    This is good advice, during peak times I really see walk ups buying tickets, unless it is fairly off hours.

    One other pointer, the bus is on the highway, travel time to NYC is VERY unpredictable, have flexibility on your timing after arrival.
     

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