Traveling by old-school bus

May 16, 2013

Greyhound (800-231-2222, www.greyhound.com) offers passenger bus service around North America, with 13,000 daily departures and more than 2,300 destinations. For Washington area terminals, travelers can hop on the Dog in Northeast Washington (1005 First St.), Springfield (6770 Frontier Dr.), Woodbridge (1040 Express Dr.), Silver Spring (8100 Fenton St.), New Carrollton (4700 Garden City Dr., Lanham), Annapolis (308 Chinquapin Round Rd.) and Frederick (MARC train station, 100 S. East St.). Greyhound also runs express service from Washington (perks include direct routes, free WiFi, advance fares from $1, power outlets, etc.) as well as the daily Lucky Streak bus to Atlantic City.

Peter Pan (800-237-8747, www.peterpanbus.com) departs from Union Station, Silver Spring (Greyhound terminal) and New Carrollton (Metro Amtrak Station) and travels north to New Hampshire.

Fleets of low-fare buses offer daily express service between Washington and New York, as well as to Baltimore and Philadelphia.

For the Manhattan route, some companies tout one-way fares of $1, but unless you book way in advance, most single trips average about $20, plus a nominal booking fee. Popular lines include BoltBus, owned by Greyhound/Peter Pan (877-265-8287, www.boltbus.com), DC2NY (202-332-2691, www.dc2ny.com), Washington Deluxe (866-287-6932, www.washny.com) and Megabus (877-462-6342, www.megabus.com), a subsidiary of Coach USA. Most of the vehicles feature free WiFi and power outlets.

The buses pick up from several locations in the District (Union Station, Dupont Circle, etc.) and typically drop passengers off near Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Outside the city, Vamoose (877-393-2828, www.vamoosebus.com) and Tripper Bus (877-826-3874, www.tripperbus.com) serve Bethesda and Arlington. DC2NY offers round-trip service from the Vienna and Franconia-Springfield Metro stops. In summer, the company runs seasonal service to the Delaware beach towns of Dewey and Rehoboth; cost is $39 one way, $78 round trip for advance purchase.

For deals and discounts, sign up for each bus line’s frequent-rider program.

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