A MegaBus exits the terminal at Union Station. Bus lines from the District to New York City have proliferated in the past decade. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post)

The 227-mile ride from the District to New York City can sometimes resemble a game of duck, duck, goose. But instead of waterfowl, travelers count vehicles: car, car, bus. Car, car, bus. The much-maligned workhorses of mass transport have made a resurgence in the past decade and, in response, the number of carriers has surged, with companies adding more creature comforts, travel times and rewards programs to encourage loyalty.

And while they all look nearly identical from the outside — flashy signage excepted — no two bus operators are the same. Their ticket prices, points of departure, amenities and scheduling can vary widely. And those distinctions matter, especially as you’re entering Hour 3.

Overwhelmed by the options? Here are all the facts in one handy chart.