COLUMBIA (WACH) ?? Tyler??s Travel Log: Megabus.com
Sounds too good to be true, right? $1 for a bus ride to Atlanta or Raleigh? In some cases, perhaps, however, since 2006, Megabus has been working to make it a reality as a low-cost ground transport.
The Tyler??s Travels Team went road trippin??, literally, on the bus that started service to Columbia a few weeks ago, with the crazy promise of seats to major cities for a buck. I learned that every seat on the bus, does in fact, start at 100 pennies. ??Start??, of course, being the key . Megabus representative Sean Mueller explained that when each trip is announced, the seats are a buck, but then go up from there.
As far as the busses go, Mueller said they are all new, and built out specifically for Megabus, going on the say that our ride was a 2012. He pointed out several comforts of home are on the busses, including power at each seat for a laptop or a phone charger, and free WiFi. Safety is another obvious thing I noticed when I jumped aboard the double-decker ride. Each seat includes a seatbelt, which Mueller said are not required by law.
Also of note was James, our driver, and former Army Ranger. With his ??Sir, Yes Sir,?? it felt like the old days, and if he is an indication of the other drivers, they clearly understand customer service.
In doing research for our adventure, I had heard rumblings that some had purchased tickets in the first few days of operation, however no bus ever showed. Mueller explained that the problem was on their end, in scheduling the correct amount of time to make the trip between cities. He went on to say that the route times have been corrected, and the buses do show up as scheduled.
The bottom line: As buses go, Megabus appears to be a clean, safe option, with some high tech tools and toys to make the trip comfortable?|and on the cheap!
Mueller also had a couple insider tips for passengers looking to making the most of Megabus. ??Book early,?? he said. 30-45 days in advance will generally yield the best deals. He also said to follow Megabus on their social media, as they release new routes and trips there first.
Megabus currently services over 100 cities in the US, including Columbia. You can get more information HERE.