Next they’ll be paying you to go

Photo courtesy of sgrace

Marc Fisher took one for the team recently and tried out Greyhound’s new discount offerings designed to compete with the various Chinatown in name only bus services.

Now, I have complained to people in the past when Ticketmaster’s insane surcharges took up a sizable percentage of the face price of the ticket, but never once have they managed to match the 50% booking fee that Fisher was charged…. at $0.50.

Yep, a $1 ticket to NYC. Only one-way, but some time spent looking around the sidewalks in the big apple will likely yield you enough nickels for the $1.50 (with booking charge) to come back to our fair city. The promotional fares will probably peter out at some point, but with a at-the-door price of $20 it’s hard to complain. I suspect that in the near future you’re going to get molested by advertising, given that Fisher comments that there were three flat-screen tvs not currently in use, but if you tack $4 on to the price for earplugs even that can be a good deal.

Bargain, courtesy of sgrace

4 Comments so far

  1. Monica (monica) on April 10th, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of the $1 round trip fare to NYC. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 11th, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    It’s not a Greyhound offering, the service is called Bolt Bus and it’s brand new along the Boswash corridor. I think right now it does NY, Philly, D.C.

    Looks like a great option: free WiFi, power, and gets to NY in 4 hours. They Greyhound on the other hand can cost between $30 – $70.

    Hopefully Bolt Bus can stay in business as oil prices rise.

  3. Don (dc_don) on April 11th, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    Udayan, if you *cough* read the article *cough* you’ll see at the start of paragraph 5

    "Bolt is a new effort by the folks at Greyhound"

    And if you check the ownership of you see it says it’s owned by Greyhound Lines Inc.

  4. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 11th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    My mistake, you’re right Don. I had looked at Bolt Bus before – not noticing the Greyhound ownership! – so didn’t bother clicking through. I apologize :(

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