For frequent travelers between Boston and New York City, the four-hour trek between the two cities is almost always a nightmare. It doesn’t have to be, thanks to a little-known service called LimoLiner.
The Best Way to Get from Boston to NYC
As someone who travels from Boston to New York bimonthly, I’ve been frustrated time and time again at expensive fares, inconvenient time tables, broken-down trains, and flights into airports far from the city center. However, on a recent trip to NYC I tested out LimoLiner, and had my first pleasant experience between the two cities in a long time.
With fares starting at $89 one-way, you’re paying more than you would for a budget bus ticket, but less than typical air or train fares. These set fares mean you don’t have to wonder if you’re getting a good deal or not. Plus, the bus only makes one stop between Boston and New York City (Framingham, Massachusetts) and then goes straight to Midtown, unlike budget buses that make stops along the way.
What You Get on LimoLiner
The best thing about LimoLiner is the amenities. I’d give up an hour of my time to sit in traffic enjoying the onboard meal, snacks, clean bathroom, spacious seats, reliable Wi-Fi, a glass of wine (on evening trips) and other non-alcoholic drinks—all included in your ticket.
There are 28 seats on the bus, so you won’t feel cramped like you do on many budget buses. Plus, there’s an attendant on-call for the whole trip to bring your food, drinks, and anything else you might need.
LimorLiner also offers a loyalty program ideal for frequent commuters —after your 10th ride, the next trip is on them.
Pros and Cons of LimoLiner
Since LimoLiner is a bus, you’re still running the risk of getting stuck in traffic, which is the biggest pet peeve of Boston to New York travel. Since you’re paying more than you would on a budget bus, some might not think it’s worth it.
Personally, if I’m comfortable and not on a tight schedule, I’d rather pay for the extra amenities so I can get some work done (or sleep) and feel relaxed. I’ve paid too much money for flights and delayed trains, only to end up sitting in hour-long traffic from JFK or stuck in a train station because of a mechanical issue. While there’s always stress and unpredictability associated with bus and train travel, I’ll probably book LimoLiner again the next time I’m traveling between NYC and Boston.
LimoLiner also caters to those traveling with children or a pet. Travelers can bring dogs and cats under 25 pounds on for an extra $39, and coloring books and activities are provided for kids.
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