How much do Megabus tickets cost compared to other bus services?


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For most routes, fares between major bus providers like Megabus, Greyhound and Boltbus are comparable. However for certain routes or long-distance trips, these services often have several advantages over one another.

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How much do Megabus tickets cost compared to other bus services?
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Megabus is easily the best option for trips up or down the major cities of the Eastern Seaboard, such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. As of 2015, fares on these routes are often 20 or more dollars cheaper with Megabus than other carriers along these busy routes. A downside to Megabus is that most riders are prohibited from exiting the vehicle during the trip unless an emergency occurs.

Megabus is also a preferable option when taking short trips anywhere in the United States. While riders cannot expect savings equivalent to those along the eastern corridor, Megabus fares still average between $10 to $20 cheaper for short routes.

However, for riders on long-haul trips where comfort is just as important as economy, Greyhound is usually a better choice despite the slightly higher price. Greyhound's buses tend to have better amenities and cleaner restrooms than those of its Megabus competitors. Greyhound also has numerous depots throughout the country, where a riders can stretch her legs, utilize a full bathroom and, at select depots, even take in a hot meal.

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