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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
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· Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain
Big fan of Anthony Bourdain? Looking for great places to eat and hang out, Bourdain-style, in cities around the world? This app was made with exactly you in mind. The Layover Guide ties in with the popular Travel Channel show by giving users photos, videos and tidbits from Anthony on his top spots in Miami, New York, LA, SF, Montreal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Rome and Amsterdamplus the promise of 10 more cities coming soon.
There's the addition of a little Foursquare-like action in the app, earning badges as you "check in" at the venues, but to us, the real value of this app comes from the ability to quickly decide on a cool place, get Bourdain's two cents and then head off directly using the location info.
Buy on iTunes: $1.99
Big news for travelers in the south! Budget traveler favorite Megabus has just expanded their US route network to include a new hub in Atlanta, Georgia. From the ATL, Megabus will run to 11 cities, of course with all routes and all seats starting from their usual $1 (plus 50 cents reservation fee).
The 11 cities from Atlanta are: Birmingham, AL; Mobile, AL; Montgomery, AL; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Gainesville, FL; Jacksonville, FL; and Orlando, FL.
That's a lot of Alabama and Florida! With the news comes a giveaway, naturally. Megabus has 10,000 free seats on the new routes, for travel from November 16 to December 16. Enter promo code ATL10K to knock the cheap fares down to FREE.
Sitting in one place for 8 hours, traveling from city to citywhen you think of that, you're probably imagining a transcontinental flight, right? Well of course that can also be by train or bus, and increasingly it's the latter as MegaBus continues to go crazy in expanding its route network. The newest city to be tapped by the big blue bus is Omaha, Nebraska, an 8-hour and 40-minute journey from downtown Chicago, where Megabus' US operations regularly tie up rush-hour traffic.
As usual when Megabus announces new routes, they've put a whole slew of seats on sale for $1.00. Right now, that's 1,000 seats, and we double-checked some random August travel dates and the $1 fares are truly plentiful. Enter promo code OMA1K to knock the fares down to FREE. The only catch is that travel needs to happen before September 17, although Megabus' famous seats-for-$1 deal extends across all routes for the first few seats booked on each bus.
What we're trying to say is, that if you have to travel this new route (or any route) later this fall and still want the sweet $1 seat, you've got to get at it early, very early, as pricing goes up as the bus fills and as the departure date nears. Now the difficult decision: are you willing to endure a 9-hour bus trip if it costs less than even a Dunkin Donuts coffee?
How are you getting where you're going this Memorial Day weekend? Chances are, a great variety of you will be hitting the road, both by car and bus (and pick-up truck hauling beer to a summer house). For the moment, we'd just like to focus on the bus, as Megabus has spent the early spring expanding their network to offer up more destinations starting from $1.
We love-love opening up the "where we travel" portion of a bus, train or airline company's website to have it explode with new lines. This is what just went down with Megabus; they made Pittsburgh, PA a hub only two weeks ago, and immediately opened up routes to Akron, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Toledo, and Toronto. Yesfrom Pittsburgh. We can't hardly believe it either.
Prior to the hub announcement, Pittsburgh only had some meh routes to Camden, Harrisburg, New York, Philadelphia, State College and Washington D.C.
As usual, all tickets for Megabus begin at $1 (book early to score those seats), and the buses come equipped with free WiFi and power outlets. You'll need all that if you choose a route like Pittsburgh-Toronto, trust us.
We love a good budget bus sale, especially when the starting price is $0.01. Sadly this isn't one of those practically-free blowouts, but Megabus has cut rates on their international routes to Canada and routes in Canada down to $10.
Want to head north when the weather warms up? Here's the deal: Megabus has 10,000 seats for $10 on each of its routes between Toronto and Montreal, and between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario and Buffalo, NY. The dates for the discounted seats are between April 20 and June 23perfect for a little weekend trip to keep things interesting before summer vacation hits.
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If you've got any hope of traveling into or out of the Northeast today or tomorrow...or really on into the New Year, jot down your airline/bus/train information and stay closely tuned to their updates through these channels:
· American Airlines: a website and Twitter
· Continental: a website and Twitter
· Delta: a website and Twitter
· JetBlue: a website and Twitter
· Southwest: a website and Twitter.
· United: a website and Twitter
· US Airways: a website and Twitter