Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NeON: Next-gen bus to Buffalo, Syracuse, and Toronto

For several months now, next-generation bus carriers BoltBus and MegaBus have been making a big splash across the Northeast.

With roomy seats, more legroom, and power outlets, these reliable and professionally operated services have sprinted past the Chinatown buses of days past. Throw in their free Wi-Fi and ticket prices reliably at or below $25 for DC-NYC round-trips, and you get a serious challenger even to Amtrak's Acela service.

Now, Greyhound is taking things to the next level. With the introduction of its new NeON, Greyhound(1)--which also operates BoltBus--now offers daily next-gen service between Manhattan, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Toronto.

Sure, the NYC-Toronto trip takes all day. It's a long way. But let's do a comparison!
  • Amtrak's Maple Leaf service (also daily, Penn Station to Toronto) leaves at 7:15 a.m. and arrives in Toronto at 7:47 p.m., and a one-way trip costs around $96.
  • The NeON leaves Penn Station (34th and 8th) at 8:45 a.m. and arrives in Toronto at 6:50 p.m.--two hours earlier than the Maple Leaf--and a one-way trip costs as little as $45 with a three-day advance purchase.

In days past, one would've gladly paid more than double the fare to avoid traveling by bus. factor in the comfy seats, power outlets, onboard video, and Wi-Fi--which again, Amtrak doesn't offer--and you've got a serious alternative.

I'm excited. For millions of Americans with the desire but not the cash to travel, suddenly, Canada is within reach. (Learn more at

(1) Strictly speaking, NeON is a joint operation between Greyhound Lines, Inc., Adirondack Transit Lines, Inc., and Passengerbus Corp., Inc.

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