On those weekends when I'm feeling a little tight I will take the Chinatown busses. They provide good and cheap service along the the entire east coast. From New York City to Boston is about $20 each way. On those weekends when you're going alone its quite nice.
This question is often posed in the forums so here goes:
What is the inexpensive bus service that runs between Boston & New York?
The Fung Wah bus goes from Chinatown Boston to Chinatown New York and back for $15 each way. See http://www.fungwahbus.com for more information.
Bonanza Bus has a service from 150 Huntington Ave., Boston to either 32nd St. x Corner of Broadway or E. 86th Street. x 2nd Ave. in NYC and is also $15 each way. See http://www.ivymedia.com/busschedule/ and click on the Boston=>NY schedule.
There are many choices of arrival into Boston from NYC, and the bus seems to be one of the more economical ways, especially with the price of gas these days.
We wanted to visit Boston from NYC but didn't want the added expense or headache of driving on this particular tip, so we checked around for our options. I had heard so much about the Megabus on commericals and advertisements on the subway back home, so I decided to check it out.
We were very, very happy with our experience on the Megabus. Purchase of your boarding ticket is highly suggested (we got ours on line) and although they can accommodate you if you miss your original time slot (I asked), don't count on it especially on weekends when the buses are normally full.
The buses are quite new, very clean and efficient. They depart on time, so make sure to arrive at least 1/2 prior to departure. The seats are comfy and the ride was smooth.
The Megabus has service from NYC Penn Station to Boston South Station a few times daily and prices range from $1 to $30.
We paid roundtrip for two adults $16 total (yes, you heard right!), cheaper than a few gallons of gas these days :)
The Megabus also services a few other great cities. Check out their website for pricing, routes and booking information.
This is a really cheap way to get to and from Boston and New York City. The one way fare is $15 or $30 round trip. You can catch the bus in Boston at the South Station terminal which is located at 700 Atlantic Ave in Boston, go to the 3rd floor and gate 13 or you can catch in New York City at the corner of Chrystie St and Hester St. All passengers leaving and arriving between 10 AM and 7 PM can also enjoy a buffet. I would like to remind you that this is not a time saving method of going to Boston.
See the website for a coplete schedule of buses.
This is another bus company that offers the bus trip from Boston to New York and vice versa. It costs $15 one way or $30 round trip. Buses leave from 32nd and Broadway in NYC and arrive at Hunntington Ave. is Boston. One way this bus takes about 4.5 hours.
See the website for complete schedules.
Fung Wah Bus is yet another bus company offering $15 one way and $30 round trip fares to and from Boston and New York city. They also charge a 5% service fee on all ticket purchases. You can check the website for the schedule of buses. Service in Boston is offered at the South Station terminal Gate 25 and in New York City at 139 Canal Street. This is also not a time saving method of traveling between New York City and Boston, but it is cheap.
See the website for a complete bus schedule.
We saw the bright yellow school buses a few times during our tour, but not many schoolchildren. Perhaps they are contracted to the schools and charter to tourists when school is in. Then again there might have been a school nearby and waiting for class to finish.
Several of the Boston hotels operate complimentary airport shuttle buses which pick up from all the terminals and the airport T station. Within the airport there are several shuttle services between the terminals, the T and the harbour ferries. Add to this all the car park and car hire shuttles, throw in a few hundred taxis plus the various privately run shuttles and the result is total chaos!!!!
The ring road around the terminals is all subterranean, is 3 lanes wide, and on both occasions when I have used Logan it has been total madness. The buses and shuttles will be triple-parked, the taxis trying to weave their way through, the odd private car attempting to drop people off will be greeted with loud blasts of the horn. The local State Police, sirens and lights whooping and flashing, seem to be responsible for moving on any unauthorised vehicles which adds further to the confusion.
And here I am looking out for my shuttle but not knowing what it is going to look like - no wonder the person in the pic is scratching her head!!!!
BY BUS & TRAIN: you can take the GREYHOUND BUS or AMTRAK to Boston from other US destinations. Student discounts available for both options.
If you are coming from NYC, take a Chinatown bus (check Chinatown travel agencies) that will take you to Boston`s Chinatown. Buses are every 2 hrs or so, takes 4 hrs with 1 stop, and costs about $20.
Take the city bus! It costs 75 cents. It's safe, cheap and easy to use. It also comes frequently and generally on time. We stayed in Cambridge, so we'd take the bus from the Belmont region to Harvard Square. The unusual thing about the bus (especially if you're not expecting it) is that at Harvard Square, the bus stop is underground in the 'T' station. One moment you're on the regular city streets... the next moment the bus has gone underneath a tunnel and seems like it's driving through the subway tracks!! It was just weird being on a bus driving through its own designated subway tunnel.
Cities of the American northeast – Boston, New York, and Washington DC – might not be the world’s cheapest, but you can save a bundle by taking advantage of the recent boom of budget bus companies. These buses, which also connect with Philadelphia, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and even Charlotte, are a steal at as little as US$1 one way. These prices are not typical. I am thinking about going from Charlotte to DC next week and Megabus is currently quoting a round trip as low as $85. Boltbus does not currently serve Charlotte. Megabus has a much wider service area, ranging from Portland, Maine to Del Rio, Texas and Orlando, Florida. Considering most destinations are pedestrian-friendly (with good public transport and walkable centers), you can hop-scotch across the region without booking a flight or hiring a car. Better still, the ride’s comfortable, there’s free wi-fi, buses leave on time and there’s often plenty of room.
Book early online to get serious discounts on already cheap routes from Megabus and BoltBus.
Take the half filled subway train from the Universities, like Tufts University for example, to the Hay Market Transit, and then climb aboard the sardine can smokey diesel buses destine for Chelsea, and you will understand the term "corporate welfare" in it's true sense. In this case, the $2- p/person bus fare paid by the underpaid working class helps to keep the luxury trains running out to the universities. The Universities had political power to bring train lines out their way, whereas building a line over the Tobin bridge or below Boston Harbor was considered too expensive. But, in the end the fares paid by the poor allow the Universities to advertise the advantages of their safe and dependable train lines to prospective students worldwide. Fortunately, I was able to bring my pooch along for the ride.
Busses between NYC and Boston, as low as $1.00 but most are $15.00 or more each way.
Note: The China Town Fung Wah bus is no longer operating and not included in my list.
Most of the busses go to South Station or near by.
Usually, it hard to opt in favor of the bus service in Boston. When you ask for directions, people usually point you toward the nearest T station, but travel by T can be inefficient and tiresome, especially if you ride green line. Bus routes cut across radial T lines, but you have to know where to go to catch the bus, and locals are not always very helpful.
I have tried mobile app "UrbiTrac" which was advised for by a friend of mine. Even though it doesn't take into account that some bus routes aren't in service on the weekends, the overall impression was great - it added a couple of levels of confidence in getting from point A to point B. Essentially, it's a GPS navigator for mass transit rider, and boy, does it do the trick! It uses T routes as well, but what I loved it for is that it literally discovers bus routes for you.
Google it up - it's "UrbiTrac". I would definitely give it two thumbs up.
I landed in Boston and almost immediately hopped on a Greyhound bus to NYC. The service is quite punctual, reliable and comfortable. I pre-booked my ticket on line, it cost me USD $15 (2005), one-way trip, and I had no problem having it printed at the station's counter. I departed from the bus station near China Town in Boston and arrived at Port Authority bus station in NYC, very close to Times Square. The approximate time of the trip is 4 hrs., which at the beginning seemed a bit excessive to me. In fact the distance isn't that big, but the problem is that you enter Manhattan from the northern tip and then have to work all your way down to Port Authority in the NYC traffic......... It took us over an hour to drive across Manhattan only. So the road trip itself is less than 3 hrs. long but you have to take this delay into consideration. From Port Authority you can easily take the metro to other locations in NYC.
More to come!