Chinatown Bus, New York City

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    A Bolt Bus arrives
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    Cheap bus to Boston or Philly

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 21, 2013

    Yobus is a cheap bus to travel to Boston or Philadelphia for just USD 12.
    It's a Chinese business so the boarding is at the median near 2 Pike Street, located between E. Broadway and Division Street in Chinatown.

    Tickets can be purchased at INT Travel Group located at 98 E. Broadway at the corner of E. Broadway and Pike St. or at the YO! Bus storefront located at 126 E. Broadway.

    Departure times for the trip to the Boston South Station are:
    7:30AM
    10:15AM
    0:30PM
    2:30PM
    5:45PM
    8:30PM

    Departure times for the trip to the Piladelphia Greyhound Terminal are:
    7:00AM
    9:00AM
    10:00AM
    11:30AM
    1:00PM
    3:00PM
    5:00PM
    6:30PM

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    Bolt Bus

    by travelfrosch Written May 26, 2013
    A Bolt Bus arrives

    One money-saving alternative to the train or plane is to take a long-haul bus. One of the least expensive of these is the Bolt Bus, offering service Between New York City and Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. The cheapest fares sell out quickly, so it's best to book online or by phone as soon as your plans are firm. On the other hand, it's also possible to ride "standby" and try to pick up an empty seat for $1 (hence the motto, "Bolt For A Buck").

    Bolt Buses don't stop at the bus terminal; rather they either stop at the corner of West 34th Street and 8th Avenue (for buses to Philadelphia and Boston) or West 33rd Street and 7th Avenue (for buses to Baltimore and Washington DC). The buses themselves are reasonably comfortable, with Wi-Fi more or less available during the trip. Normally the bus will stop along the way for a meal break.

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    Cheap Bus Trips: NYC to/from Various Cities

    by virtualpatrick Updated Oct 30, 2008

    These bus services typically goes from NYC Chinatown to Boston Chinatown and back. As of 2003, about $10 one-way.

    www.fungwahbus.com (212-925-8889)
    www.luckystarbus.com (888-881-0887)
    www.sunshineboston.com (866-848-6877)

    For bus services to/from other cities:
    www.boltbus.com
    www.megabus.com
    www.GotoBus.com

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  • BEST WAY TO TRAVEL BET. WASHINGTON DC & NEW YORK

    by aginnsz Written Aug 23, 2008

    Check out bus-dc-ny.com. One way DC to/from NYC is $10-20. Round trip is $20-35. Buses are top of the line. Free internet, movie, all directs (4 hrs). Book online. Seating is guaranteed, so you don't have to wait in line. Blows away both Greyhound and Chinatown buses. Cheers.

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    From Boston to NYC and back!

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Aug 4, 2008

    I entered the USA via Boston and then hopped on a Greyhound bus to NYC. The service is quite punctual, reliable and comfortable. I pre-booked my ticket on line and a one-way trip cost me USD $15 back then (2005). They had several seats available as it wasn't high season, so the bus wasn't crowded and there are frequent departures everyday anyway.

    These buses arrive and depart from Port Authority bus terminal, very close to Times Square. The approximate time of the trip between Boston and NYC is 4 hrs., which at the beginning seemed a bit excessive to me. In fact the distance isn't that big and the road trip is fast and smooth, 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, also when riding a bus back to Boston. From Port Authority you can easily take the metro to other locations in NYC.

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    ChinaTown Bus

    by sugarpuff Updated Feb 6, 2006

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    Well I found a jackpot piece of information when I turned up something about 'ChinaTown Bus'. I had never heard of it before and not very many people seem to have written about it on VT, I found more info on the Lonely Planet forum regarding it. The Chinese as we all know make sure they get around the world one way or another and make as much money as possible! And yes..they made it here and ARE making a lot of money....

    They have cleverly set up a bus company which rivals Grey Hound and Peter Pan on certain routes..I just wish it could be on a larger range of destinations as the coaches in the States are SO expensive..I had no idea! In England the National Express do GREAT deals for getting around the country and I just presumed that Grey Hound was similar to that..but no no no...its sometimes cheaper to FLY than take their buses. So going back to my point...sorry I digress....go online to www.chinatownbus.com and www.ivymedia.com and you'll find wonderful deals. To Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and somewhere else I forget right now, it is just $15-$20 one way! Now compare that to $70+ that you'll find with the other bus companies!

    Head to China Town and catch the bus...its very very easy...you can also book online. There is a tiny tiny office there with just a window and a man behind issuing tickets.

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    Cheap reliable shuttle bus from New York to Boston

    by raraavis Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    This is a cheap and quick way to travel from NYC to Boston (vice versa) for backpackers and budget travelers.

    The shuttle bus makes daily round trips from NYC Chinatown to Boston Chinatown. You can buy the ticket ($20 to $25 one way) and catch the bus next to Mahayana Buddhist Temple on Canal Street, under the Manhattan Bridge. Mahayana Buddhist Temple is located on 133 Canal Street. It is very big and very red, impossible to miss. However, the Chinatown shuttle bus stop is hard to spot. It's a tiny little window next to the temple with a cardboard sign that says "Shuttle Bus, New York to Boston". You can usually get a seat on the same day. The driver is fast but not reckless. He takes about 4 hours with a bathroom break in the middle. You are dropped off in front of a bakery in Boston's Chinatown. The same place where you can catch buses back to NYC.

    The passengers are a mix breed. I've seen everybody from Chinese immigrants to a family of European backpackers.

    Nobody answers the phone if you try to make a reservation by phone. Simply show up and buy a ticket. To play it safe, go to the bus stop and buy your ticket a day in advance.

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    Road to Boston

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    Yes another person who says take the Fungwah bus to Boston $15.
    I came back on a plane the trip took 9 hours I kid you not.
    The bus 4 hours 13 minutes.
    I prefer the bus than sitting in an airport.

    Lovely comfy coach with a ten minute stop on route

    http://www.fungwahbus.com/ticket/

    Boston Bus station near South Station subway
    New York on Canal St near the Manattan Bridge foot of 3rd Avenue
    when at the bottom of 3 avenue on Canal St and you can see Manattan Bridge look over your left shoulder.
    Large sign small very small window.

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    The Cheap way from Washington and Philadelphia

    by sourbugger Updated May 26, 2004

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    Damned big limo that one.

    The transport route to Philadelphia and Washington DC is a heavily used one.

    If you don't want to use the air shuttles and the train seems on the expensive to you (the fast Acela Train is often over $100 one way), then the cheapest way to go is to use one of the independent coach firms.

    They may pick up on the street, rather than at a bus station, but we found them efficent, clean and very cheap. The average fare seems to be around $35 return.

    Try : www.2000coach.com

    or www.washny.com

    and for comparison

    www.amtrak.com

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    NY-Boston-NY for $20!

    by mrdarius Written Mar 25, 2004
    Chinatown Bus - www.fungwahbus.com

    Getting a bus out of Chinatown is hands down the cheapest way to travel between New York and Boston (and Philly, DC, Providence, etc). The two companies I travel with most frequently are the industry leader "Fung Wah Bus" and "TravelPak."

    As far as I can tell, they were originally started as a carpool run by Chinese families from New York with children in school in Boston. One thing led to another, and now they have whole fleets of busses leaving every hour from 7am until 10pm for only $10 each way. Tickets are available online too! My favorite thing about that is that it's so easy. Greyhound and Amtrak have some of the worst websites I've ever visited. With their "special deals" and "accomodations," they make it impossible to understand what you're getting yourself into.

    Chintown buses beat Greyhound's prices by about $20, and Amtrak's by about $50-90. The only problem I have with Chinatown buses is that they're getting really popular and on weekends and holidays, they sometimes have trouble meeting demand. I highly recommend buying tickets online. You just print out your receipt and show it on the bus. Your seat is guaranteed.

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  • The cheapest way to get to NYC from Washington DC

    by Deena_C Written Feb 22, 2004

    The cheapest way I found is the Washington Delux Bus . It is 35$ for a round trip and 20 $ one way (either direction). You should book your trip in advance in order to be sure that you have a place on the bus and bring the confirmation letter with you. You pay when you are already on the bus.

    Now there is also a new company called Vamoose but they have less pick-up/ drop-off points. However, they suggest till March 15th 2004, one way- 20 $, second trip - 10$ (round trip= 30 $)

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    Travel Pack From Boston to NYC

    by Vicbluejewel Updated Feb 7, 2004

    Really cheap bus tickets to NYC... $10 one way. From Chinatown Boston to Chinatown New York City

    One bus leaves every hour. You may buy tickets right before getting on the bus.

    They departs from Harrison Ave in Chinatown, Boston and arrive on Bowery in Chinatown, NY.

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  • cheap chinese busses to Boston

    by randychiara Written Feb 3, 2004

    go to Bowery, and ask for sunshinetravel busses or oher chinese companies

    they operate every hour to Boston. the price can vary from 10 to 25 bucks to go, depending what time u decide to go.
    I did this many times, it's good and fast. u'll be dropped off in China Town in Boston.

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    Chinatown Buses

    by jltan Written May 20, 2005
    Bus Ticket Booth Near Bowery

    Take the Chinatown buses to travel in the NorthEast (Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.) . They are ones of the cheapest way to travel. It will only cost you $10-$20 (one-way) to travel.

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    For people who want to visit...

    by Noorwegen Written Aug 25, 2002

    For people who want to visit Boston: take the Chinese bus, driving from NY China Town to Boston China Town.

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