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Panama City, though less visited and talked about than its neighbor to the north, San Jose, is by no means an outdated place. For evidence of that, simply look for the skyscrapers shooting up in high-end nabes like Punta Pacifica, the new promenade being constructed along the coast, as well as the recent arrival of big name hotels (Trump, Hard Rock, Waldorf-Astoria).
But there's one part of the city that has remained a glaring anomaly in the city's tireless campaign to bring itself into the 21st century: los diablos rojos. Translated literally as "red devils," these are second-hand schoolbuses that careen around the city, decorated vividly with cartoon characters and graffiti-style imagery, offering cheap rides to anyone brave enough to flag one down. Needless to say, these bad boys were hard to miss.
The only problem was they weren't the safest way to get around. Drivers were often more worried about what songs were playing on the radio, or how to fill their dashboard with as many dolls, statues, and toys as possible, than what was actually happening on the road.
For years, the city fought to put an end to the red devils—against the wishes of locals, who enjoyed the festive vibes on their morning commute (not to mention the 25¢ ticket price!). Again and again, the government would announce an expiration date for the red devils, and again and again, they would fail to do away with them.
But as of last month, it appears the lawless jalopies have been put to rest once and for all.
The Fung Wah bus, which offered famously cheap (and unsafe) fares between New York and Boston, is no more. The company was shut down by the government after refusing to hand over its safety records. Now that MegaBus and BoltBus can get you between East Coast cities for about the same amount of cash while also offering free wireless, it's hard to feel nostalgic about the Fung Wah. But this New Yorker video from Marc Philippe Eskenazi sure does tug at the ol' heartstrings.
Confession: We were more Lucky Star Bus people...that is, before MegaBus entered the scene.
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Stop whatever you're doing (oh wait, you're reading this). Watch this video from The Onion.
Try to remember that The Oniondespite their proficiency at reporting newsis a source which reports only fake news. Yes, the Velocibus is only a funny concept to riff on the United States' inability to make high-speed rail travel happen.
It has happened before (on the street in Chicago) that we've found ourselves explaining to a stranger that The Onion is not real news, but all a big joke. This time, however, we'd just go along with it.
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If you’re looking to move your Chinatown bus travel from one carrier to another—then we’ve got good news—as it looks like another low cost bus line is hitting the market. They’re calling it YO! and it looks like that things have been running now for a few months. So if you’re looking for an affordable way to get from here to there, it just might be worth taking them for a spin.
YO!—that name and stylization is already getting annoying—is apparently an offering from both Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Line, as they’re joining forces to bring the bus to one and all. According to them the new bus name comes from the pronunciation of a Chinese word that means “to protect,” so maybe they’ll be focused on safety as well as just speed, cost, and convenience.
If airfare is out of control this holiday season there’s always an alternative way to get to family and friends, and it doesn’t involve hitchhiking or Craigslist. The cheap bus options are on the move again, and Megabus is getting ready to expand even more.
The busy bus line plans to upgrade its offerings in both California and Nevada, as Megabus is going to setup hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This will open up nonstop options to spots like Oakland, Las Vegas, Riverside, Reno, San Jose, and Sacramento—as well as back and forth between San Francisco and Los Angeles—beginning at just $1 each way. As always, the earlier you book the better when it comes to catching one of the low, low fares, so if you have any plans to travel by bus it’s a good idea to start searching now.
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Everyone knows that those low-cost carriers practically give away the cheap flights over in Europe, but there’s also another kind of low-cost carrier—buses.
Megabus has made its way to the shores of the United States, but they still have a special place in their hearts for the citizens across the pond. That's especially the case for those who call the United Kingdom home.
To celebrate winter they’re giving away 10,000 free tickets to destinations all over the country, and it’s all part of their Megabus Winter Sale. Just like the cheapie airlines, these ground guys also know how to stick it to travelers when it comes to the fees and charges. The free tickets are almost free, as you'll still be plonking down 50 pence as a reservation fee.
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UPDATE: There has been one fatality in the crash, a 25-year-old graduate student. It isn't known where she was seated within the bus.
There once was a time we'd pant while waiting in line to board a Megabus. The sentence "it will be mine" would repeat in our head, as we set our heart on snagging one of the scenic upper deck, front row seats.
That time has gone. It's all about the back rows now.
Today marks the second instance of a double-decker Megabus essentially smacking its own forehead on overpass bridges. The first accident occurred in September 2010 and peeled the roof back like a tuna can. Four died in the crash after the bus took a detour that included a bridge with too low clearance. You get the picture.
So at this point it might be a little too late to score a sweet airfare deal for your summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck at home. Think outside of the box when it comes to how to reach your final destination, and it also doesn’t hurt to think about taking the bus. We’ve reviewed survival skills to consider before trying to chase after one of those $1 bus fares, and now there’s even more cities from which to choose thanks to Megabus.
Fresh off their expansion down to Texas it now looks like the Megabus model is moving into Michigan just in time for the summer season. New routes include East Lansing to both Detroit and Chicago, and there’s even service from Grand Rapids over to Chicago and Detroit as well. This will especially come in handy for those college kiddos looking to head back to class in the fall, and they’ll be able to pick a bus that best fits their needs with three trips on the schedule on most days. Just don’t look to escape for the holiday weekend, as the buses aren’t set to start rolling until July 12.
If summer travel costs are bumming you out—don’t worry—as Megabus is here to save you from the dreaded staycation. The ultra low cost carrier bus line is expanding once again, and this time it looks like they’re slowing taking over the Lone Star State. Their newest cities and newest routes are scheduled to arrive in Texas later this month, and of course there will be plenty of fares for just $1.
Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are now well established on the bus route map, and from these cities you should be able to sit back and relax on your way to spots like Austin, Memphis, Little Rock, New Orleans, and Norman—that last one's in Oklahoma. The new options are set to hit the highway as soon as June 19, so be sure to start searching for those $1 fares sooner than later.
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It's okay to admit that you travel by bus, or even betterby $1 bus specials. The era of cool bus travel has arrived, when it just no longer makes sense to fly between New York and Philadelphia when the bus costs under $20 and usually takes under 2 hours, and it has free WiFi and power outlets. Take that, regional jets!
Especially with today's news that BoltBus is expanding to the Pacific Northwest, we feel the need to remind travelers of the unofficial "bus code." Everyone knows to shower before a long bus ride (and after), but there's a few other tips you mostly learn from actually dealing with long-haul rides.
After the jump, our Top Five Tips For Surviving Budget Bus Travel
Yo yo yo. So you know BoltBus, the Greyhound-owned leather seats-and-wifi bus line that drives you to places like Baltimore, New York, Washington DC and Boston? Well, they've gone bicoastal, launching routes between Portland and Seattle starting May 17.
As is usual BoltBus style, the earlier you book your ticket the cheaper the fare. $1 plus a $1 reservation fee is the absolute cheapest, but the average ticket isn't much more at around $10 each way.
Now let's do some comparison shopping. We checked BoltBus.com for a Portland-to-Seattle one-way on May 31 and found four total departure times, the cheapest costing $6. Over on Amtrak.com, the same route by train is commanding $32 for the same date. The length of trip is about the same at three hours-ish. Only the chance of having WiFi on Amtrak is 50% and the chance of having it on BoltBus is 100% (assuming both are working properly). We'll leave the final decision up to you.
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Black & white? Vignetting? A barren landscape? What decade is this exactly?
Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina. The tripthrough the Andes and down into the vineyards of wine countryreally makes for some of the most juicy travel porn ever. Surprisingly, we opted to use our iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to capture the magic almost the entire time.There's just something about a long road that calls for photo filters.