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The Fung Wah Bus vs. the BoltBus Challenge

June 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments


The Challenge: Which bus is the better discount bus between Boston and New York City?

As reported in an earlier blog posting on Fung Wah’s competitors, it can’t be denied that discount buses have come to Boston and are here to stay! The big players are the Fung Wah, the BoltBus and the Megabus with one way trips to New York from Boston costing $15 or less each way. On the last quick trip to New York I tested out the BoltBus to see what all the hype was about, and props to my mom who went along for the journey. We took the BoltBus to New York City and the Fung Wah on our way back to Boston so we had back to back experiences to use to compare the two discount buses. The votes are in, and the judges have decided that depending on what you want in your discount bus depends on which bus is best for you.

Overall the BoltBus is cleaner partly because it still has the air of a new vehicle. It does have more room than the Fung Wah but the best part is that you can plug in your laptop and use wireless service the entire trip! It was absolutely great to maximize my time and catch up on my emails for the 4-5 hour trek between the two cities. My uncles wasn’t convinced that it drops you off in the best party of the Big Apple, but my mom and I couldn’t tell the difference and had no complaints about the drop-off spot.

On the flip side, the Fung Wah was perfect on our trip back because we didn’t know exactly what time we wanted to leave New York City. It depended on how long lunch would be and how much shopping we could bear (shopping is always so tortuous!). When the time came for us to head to Boston, we simply went up to Fung Wah’s counter in China Town and bought our tickets guaranteed at $15 each way and hopped on the next bus that came. Since I couldn’t plug in my laptop on the Fung Wah, my mom and I enjoyed quality talk time without distractions unlike on the BoltBus where my eyes were glued to my laptop screen the entire way. The Fung Wah experience is always a little colorful whether if its hearing the Chinese driver yell to the ticket-taker in Mandarin (possibly Cantonese?) or the person behind you bitch on a cell phone in a raspy voice, it all makes the ride a little more interesting!

The Conclusion: So for future trips, if I book in advance and plan to use or not use my laptop, the BoltBus is perfect. The more in advance I can book the tickets, the cheaper the seats will be which is always a bonus. And when I say cheaper, seats can go for $1 if I book two weeks in advance – that’s a steal! For trips when I don’t want to be locked into a specific travel time, the Fung Wah inevitably is the perfect choice. Now you can take the challenge and decide for yourself!

Tags: discount buses · transporation · Uncategorized

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nomadic matt // Jun 13, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    bolt bu has wireless! Ok, I’m taking them! I was going to take megabus but if bolt as wi-fi I’m sold!!!

    I am sorry I didn’t call you. I had to work, yesterday was my birthday, and I just re-did the enter website and that took ages. Will call you very soon!!

  • 2 pktmarble // Jun 18, 2008 at 12:19 am

    It would be fantastic to go to NYC for only $1– for those souls out there who can plan ahead for more than two weeks at a time! But the Fung Wah option for $15– and no time constraints– is not a bad option either. It was certainly great not to have to put up with the traffic as a driver!

  • 3 MAMahoney // Jun 27, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the insight. My daughter is leaving St. Croix (US Virgin Islands) to go to school near Boston and it’s great to know there are cheap options for her to visit family in NYC.

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