Don’t get me wrong. I like the newest and coolest discount bus services to New York, BoltBus and Megabus.
But let’s say you’re in the market for a bit more ... more.
LimoLiner, the old-school luxury bus service, is offering a special $49 one-way fare, basically half off the standard $80 price, for those who book at least two weeks in advance for travel through Jan. 31. There are some restrictions, the biggest being that it’s not valid for travel on Fridays, Sundays, or holidays and tickets are nonrefundable and nonchangeable.
This fare obviously doesn’t compare favorably to the $10-$15 tickets available for the Chinatown buses, Fung Wah and Lucky Star, or to the lowest possible fare on Bolt or Mega -- $1 (although it’s worth noting that my pal Nicole Wong wrote a story last week pointing out that the top end for Bolt is now $23; Mega, however, is charging as much as $40-$80 for a popular Friday night trip).
But Limo’s deal is that it offers some luxe appointments: leather seats, free WiFi, food and beverage service, live satellite TV and radio, and first-run movies. Yes, it’s a bit more. But choice is good.