Better than flying…

This afternoon I am planning to travel to the fine metropolis of New York City. What is my modus transportandi, you ask? This may be known to many, but there is an unbelievably affordable bus system that has dozens of trips between Chinatowns in NYC and Philly. For $20 [thanks to Suzanne for noticing my faux pas], you can travel round-trip on New Century Travel. The profit margin must be based on high-throughput because ten dollars each way is a steal. There is stiff competition from Apex Bus and other companies – however, New Century seems to be the main attraction. This is my virgin trip so I will be sure to debrief with a synopsis of snacks, movies (House of Flying Daggers please!), and ease of use.

ADDED BONUS: you can even close your eyes during the trip and not be exposed to miles of office parks, shopping center, and tract housing that clog the arteries between cities.

(Chad Baker/AP Photo)

3 Comments so far

  1. suzanne (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 8:46 am

    Don’t expect much by way of movies. Instead get your hopes up for really cool Chinese tv. (I usually take the really early or really late buses so we sleep instead of watching tv, but the obscure Chinese tv is really cool…in an “I can’t understand that at all” sort of way.)

    Also, where are you getting these tickets for $24? They should be $20…

  2. christopher (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 9:46 am

    You’ll probably want to close your eyes anyway so you don’t realize you’re traveling at half the speed of light. Those little Chinese bus drivers have some sort of killer “bus fu” — I’ve never gotten to NYC so fast in my life.

  3. Sherri W. (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 12:53 pm

    Bus fumes make me queasy. Usually I go the SEPTA/NJTransit trains through Trenton. It’s not that much more expensive than the famed Chinatown bus, and it’s good option to know about for anyone who is sensitive to air issues on busrides.

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