My “Get Out of NYC” Bus Guide

Living in New York City means quick getaways are just a bus ride away. Whether its to Boston, DC, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts  or Pennsylvania, there is a bus company just for you! Not only are the rides anywhere from 1-4.5 hours, they are super budget friendly compared to a plane or train ticket.

Here’s a little summary of the bus companies I use frequently or have heard good things about!

Tripper Bus

One of the reasons I love Tripper Bus is because after you buy 6 tickets (three round trips) you get one free ticket to redeem on your next ride! This bus line is perfect for traveling from NYC to Bethesda, MD/Arlington, VA  if you don’t need to end up directly in D.C. And all of my Tripper Bus rides have departed on time!

Costs: Each ticket is $27.50 and you can present your confirmation email as your ticket, no printing required!
Amenities: Reclining seats, WiFi, Convenient pick up/drop off locations, On Board Restroom, Electrical Outlets, A/C

Washington Deluxe

I’ve ridden with Washington Deluxe quite a few times when I first started traveling to DC. If you’re not in quite the rush and like to stop and stretch your legs, then this bus is for you. The drivers will often make a 15 minute pit stop in Delaware so you can get some snacks, go to the bathroom, and stretch your legs. However, a couple of my WD trips had significant delays in departing the city. This bus company is great for travelers who need to arrive in D.C. as it stops first at Union Station then on to Dupont Circle.

Costs: Each ticket is $27.00 and you can present your e-pass via email.
Amenities:  Reclining seats, WiFi, Convenient pick up/drop off locations, On Board Restroom, Electrical Outlets, A/C

Mega Bus

The only times I’ve ridden Mega Bus were for Boston weekenders that I went on. I’m not crazy about the double decker layout, since I am slightly claustrophobic and the ceilings are low, but it was a completely fine ride that departed promptly. Although, my friends took one a couple of weeks ago that broke down before they even left and had to wait another two hours for a replacement.
Bonus: They drive to so many cities!

Costs: Each ticket is anywhere from $20-$30 depending on departure time.
Amenities: Reclining seats, WiFi, Convenient pick up/drop off locations, On Board Restroom, Electrical Outlets, A/C

Peter Pan Bus

I’ve only taken the Peter Pan Bus to/from Williamstown, MA for my summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This bus company is great for trips to upstate NY, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. These trips can take anywhere form 4-8 hours so try and find an express bus!

Costs: Depending on destination and departure time, one way tickets range from $12-$42
Amenities: Reclining seats, On Board Restroom, Electrical Outlets, A/C

Bolt Bus

I haven’t traveled with Bolt Bus before, but I’d like to give it a try whenever I plan my weekend getaway to Philly (hopefully soon!).  Cities include: DC, Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
Bonus: Take eight trips on BoltBus and you’re eligible for a free one-way ticket.

Costs: Depending on destination and departure time, one way tickets range from $10-$27
Amenities: Reclining seats, WiFi, Convenient pick up/drop off locations, On Board Restroom, Electrical Outlets, A/C


Travel Essentials

When traveling by bus, whether overseas or here at home, I always try my best to travel light and with enough snacks, water, and entertainment to get me through my ride. Here’s what I bring on every trip:

*Don’t forget a little travel sized hand-sanitizer! Yes, I’m such a mom, but you will thank me for this one.

Bags:
For my 2-3 day trips out of the city, I pack up either my carry on roller board that I stow under the bus or a gym bag + backpack duo.

Munchies:
Granola Bar
Hummus/Pita Chip pack
Dried Fruit pack
Dark chocolate covered almonds
Tall bottle of water

Entertainment:
Kindle/Book/Magazine aka hours of uninterrupted reading!
Spotify Playlists
Laptop to knock out some #WERK
* Don’t forget your charging cords!

 

This is all I have for now, but I hope this little guide inspires you to start planning your next getaway out of NY!

Do you have any other bus recommendations? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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