My friend and I go to Philly to eat and shop on the weekends. We decided to try the Chinatown buses since the ride was just too cheap to pass up. We reserved our round trip tickets online since you save a couple of bucks this way. We made our way down to Chinatown and found the bus that corresponded with our reservation and got on. The bus scene is organized just barely enough to have order...what I mean is if you needed to go you can basically pay your way onto a bus at that very moment.
The interior of the bus was not in the greatest shape. I walked to my seat through the aisle and slightly bumped into another seat and the cushion fell off. We thought that was funny because we expected it to be a low quality ride due to the price and just expected some wheels to go the distance. When I sat down and reclined my chair I almost fell back flat...my friend burst out laughing. I don't know if this was all that bad because I popped my ipod in my ears and went to sleep...comfortably. I woke up to use the bathroom and was surprised that we were almost entering into Philly. I ended up not using the bathroom because it was smelled so bad that I couldn't hack it. It smells like they don't care to maintain the chemicals in the toilet and it almost made me purge.
My experience was a good one. We thought we would try roughing it and took a budget ride. It got us to where we wanted to go in one piece and in record time. The business of these Chinatown buses have really come a long way. At least they have licenses now and are acknowledged as a real business from the DOT.
NYC can be grueling and expensive...so why not take a cheap ride for a day trip during the weekends?
Reserve online at www.apexbus.com