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Best Bus Options from DC to NYC
Traveling by bus is the cheapest public transportation option between the two cities, but which bus line should you choose? By Carrie Schedler
Comments () | Published December 23, 2011

The four-ish-hour road trip from DC to NYC makes it easy for Washingtonians to get a taste of the Big Apple. And the plethora of low-cost bus lines between the cities makes it affordable, too.

Because there are so many competitors, each offers a range of enticing perks for a smoother trip, from luck-of-the-draw $1 tickets to free wi-fi and power outlets. Many companies even offer trips departing from Maryland and Virginia stops, perfect for people who don’t want to deal with shoving their way through Union Station on a Friday after work.

Here’s a rundown of some of the District’s busiest bus lines:

BOLTBUS

Online price: $1 to $25 one way, depending on the demand for each trip

Walkup price: $25

Free wi-fi? Yes

Number of Friday trips to New York: 16

Number of Sunday trips to DC: 16

Latest Sunday departure: 7:30 PM

DC bus stops: Greenbelt Metro stop, Union Station

New York bus stops: 33rd St. and Seventh Ave.; Canal St. and Sixth Ave.; 42nd St. and Eighth Ave.; Newark

More: We’ve heard the horror stories about overbooked buses—on Bolt, an advance-purchase ticket means an assigned seat.


VAMOOSE

Online price: $30 each way

Walkup price: $30

Free wi-fi? Yes

Number of Friday trips to New York: Up to 15

Number of Sunday trips to DC: Up to 15

Latest Sunday departure: Varies, but typically between 7 and 8 PM

DC bus stops: Lorton, Rosslyn, Bethesda

New York bus stop: 30th St. and Seventh Ave.

More: For a classier ride, the Vamoose Gold Bus offers reclining leather seats with extra leg room, power outlets, and luggage assistance. Starting in 2012, Gold tickets will be $60.


DC2NY

Online price: $28 one way, $50 round trip

Walkup price: $30

Free wi-fi? Yes

Number of Friday trips to New York: On average, 15

Number of Sunday trips to DC: Four

Latest Sunday departure: 6 PM

DC bus stops: Dupont Circle; Union Station, Vienna/Fairfax Metro stop, Franconia-Springfield Metro stop

New York bus stop: 33rd St. near Seventh Ave., across from Penn Station

More: DC2NY members (registration is free online) can earn points for each dollar spent to use for future one-way tickets.


MEGABUS

Online price: $1 to $45, depending on the demand for each trip

Walkup price: $1 to $45, depending on the day of the trip and the demand. Sold only for trips from New York to DC.

Free wi-fi? Yes

Number of Friday trips to New York: 22

Number of Sunday trips to DC: 27

Latest Sunday departure: 1:15 AM

DC bus stop: Union Station, on the bus deck above the Amtrak station.

New York bus stop: 31st St. and Eighth Ave. Arrival—MTA bus shelter, west side of Seventh Ave., south of 28th St. Departure—west side of Ninth Ave., north of intersection of Ninth and 31st.

More: Some buses stop in Baltimore. To see if yours does, check the estimated travel time: If it’s four hours and 15 minutes, you’re on a nonstop express; if it’s four hours and 30 minutes, you’ll get a rest stop.


APEX BUS

Online price: $20 one way, $35 round trip

Walkup price: $20 one way, $35 round trip

Free wi-fi? Yes, on some buses.

Number of Friday trips to New York: 16

Number of Sunday trips to DC: 16

Latest Sunday departure: 11:45 PM

DC bus stops: 610 I St., NW.; 700 Hungerford Dr., Rockville

New York bus stops: 252 W. 31st St.; 13 Allen St. (in Chinatown)

More: Ah, the infamous Chinatown bus. Yes, we’ve heard the stories about overbooking and failing to stick to a standard schedule, but it’s dependably dirt cheap. Just get to the bus stop early.


WASHINGTON DELUXE

Online price: Friday and Sunday, $25 one way, $46 round trip; Saturday, $25 each way

Walkup price: $25

Free wi-fi? Yes, on some buses.

Number of Friday trips to New York: 14

Latest Friday departure: 6:30 PM

Number of Sunday trips to DC: Ten

Latest Sunday departure: 7 PM

DC bus stops: Dupont Circle, Union Station

New York bus stops: Bedford Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn; Allen Street and Delancey Street; near Penn Station.

More: Avid cyclists can stash their bikes under the cabin instead of a big suitcase for a two-wheeled weekend tour of the city.

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