Looking to take a weekend break from the big city, or travel to New York for that special occasion? There’s a newish start-up in town – it’s called OurBus. Crowdsourced by the public, the bus company partners with charter buses and provides transportation from New York City to Washington D.C., Ithaca, NY, suburban Philadelphia and other destinations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. OurBus is similar to Uber in that it connects riders with buses through its app and website. That means booking a seat is hassle-free. And like ride apps, you can track real-time status of your bus through your mobile phone.
The basics of OurBus
OurBus vets charter bus companies and requires that all buses be three years old or newer. Currently, they partner with Martz, Chariots for Hire, Stouts, and Executive Coach, among others. OurBus offers more than the average bus, so travelers can expect perks such as mobile ticketing, live bus tracking, complimentary bottled water, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and ultra-clean restrooms.
Prices are usually lower than most bus companies and vary depending on time of day, day of the week and the prices of competitors like Greyhound. As their prices change, so do OurBus’s prices. But one thing to know: OurBus aims to be one of the most competitively priced bus option out there. Prices can start as low as $10 each way or be more in the $40 range for a route like D.C. to New York.
Where to pick-up OurBus in NYC
In New York, OurBus uses several pick-up points. Some buses depart from Madison Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets in front of the New York Life Building or a block away on Park Avenue South, and others leave from a gate at Port Authority or just outside the terminal.
OurBus is adding new routes and buses all the time. If there’s a particular route that you’re interested in, go to their app or website and put in a suggestion. Buses also travel to Binghamton, NY, Columbia, MD, Hamilton, NJ, Lancaster, PA, Newark DE, State College, PA, Syracuse, NY and York, PA.
Save $ on OurBus
OurBus features a select membership for $149. Members can buy ten 50% off tickets and they’re valid for 90 days.
For more info about OurBus, visit the website or download the app from the App Store or Google Play. You can also follow OurBus on all social media channels @rideourbus and by using the hashtag, #rideourbus.
This post was sponsored by OurBus, a crowd-sourced bus service transporting leisure travelers, students and families on a budget.
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