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By Powdercarrot - Jul 28, 2003, 3:01 PM
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Does anyone have experience with the Chinatown buses to NYC? They are very cheap, but I'm not sure what the REAL cost is in terms of hassle, time, etc.

Thanks,

Doc

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By Kingdafy - Jul 28, 2003, 3:07 PM
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I assume you're talking about busses from South Station to NYC. I've taken busses a few times and haven't had very much hastle. Just show up at least half an hour early. Also, with Greyhound (Peter Pan), your ticket is good for any bus within a week of purchasing the ticket... which means, if you're ticket is for the 5:00 bus today, you could also take the 4:00 bus, or the 3:00 bus, or you could take a bus tomorrow as long as it's within a week of the purchase date.

Three times I've bought a ticket and used it at a different time than I bought it for. They don't even look at the time when they take your ticket. Only once have I seen them checking luggage, but it's still a good idea to get there early... since the tickets are good for any time, there might be more people waiting than what will fit on one bus, so if you're in the back of the line you might have to wait another hour for the next bus (even if your ticket is for that bus and not the next one).

Also, pay attention to the schedule... some busses don't run on certain days, some have stops and some don't.

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By Andrea - Jul 28, 2003, 3:08 PM
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I take it about once a month, using either Fung Wah or Lucky Star. It's cheap, clean, convenient, etc, and since you buy your tickets right before you leave, you can be flexible about times and don't have to worry about missing the bus.

It can be a bit of a wait on Friday and Sunday afternoons, when people are mostly likely to leave either city, but since the buses run on the hour, you'll never wait for more than the next hour to get on. If it gets overcrowded, sometimes they have two buses go at the same time.

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By Andrea - Jul 28, 2003, 3:10 PM
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I assume you're talking about busses from South Station to NYC. I've taken busses a few times and haven't had very much hastle. Just show up at least half an hour early. Also, with Greyhound (Peter Pan), your ticket is good for any bus withing a week of purchasing the ticket... which means, if you're ticket is for the 5:00 bus today, you could also take the 4:00 bus, or the 3:00 bus, or you could take a bus tomorrow as long as it's within a week of the purchase date.

Three times I've bought a ticket and used it at a different time than I bought it for. They don't even look at the time when they take your ticket. Only once have I seen them checking luggage, but it's still a good idea to get there early... since the tickets are good for any time, there might be more people waiting than what will fit on one bus, so if you're in the back of the line you might have to wait another hour for the next bus.

Also, pay attention to the schedule... some busses don't run on certain days, some have stops and some don't.



The Chinatown buses are a couple of companies that run buses between Chinatowns in Boston and New York. They run on the hour 7 days a week and are $10 per trip.

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By Kingdafy - Jul 28, 2003, 3:17 PM
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The Chinatown buses are a couple of companies that run buses between Chinatowns in Boston and New York. They run on the hour 7 days a week and are $10 per trip.


$10!?!?!? Damn, I should do that the next time I go to NY (which will probably be in January). Where in NY does it drop you off at?

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Re: ChinaTown Bus To NYC?
By Andrea - Jul 28, 2003, 3:21 PM
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It drops off on Canal Street in Chinatown.

www.fungwahbus.com

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By Kingdafy - Jul 28, 2003, 3:29 PM
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Hmmm... I'm not exactly sure where Chinatown is in NY, but I think it's going to be the wrong part of town for me. Well, I'll need to get NYU at some point, and I'm not even sure where that is. I think I'll be meeting a couple of friends either around Times Square, Penn Station, or one of the airports. I guess I'll know more in a few months. I'll keep the Chinatown bus in mind, though.

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By Vikram - Jul 28, 2003, 3:32 PM
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The Chinatown bus is fine..I've been on it a bunch of times. You can't beat the price..though I once had to share with a HUGE basket of chickens...(It stank!)

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By Andrea - Jul 28, 2003, 3:53 PM
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Hmmm... I'm not exactly sure where Chinatown is in NY, but I think it's going to be the wrong part of town for me. Well, I'll need to get NYU at some point, and I'm not even sure where that is. I think I'll be meeting a couple of friends either around Times Square, Penn Station, or one of the airports. I guess I'll know more in a few months. I'll keep the Chinatown bus in mind, though.



Don't you ever take the subway in New York? Or cabs?

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Re: ChinaTown Bus To NYC?
By Mike0082 - Jul 28, 2003, 4:26 PM
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I work in NYC. IF ur let out in chinatown..NYU isnt far at all. maybe at most, a 10 block walk.

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By slim - Jul 28, 2003, 4:30 PM
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http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm

Plenty of subway lines stop at Canal St. I'd take uptown "R" or "N" to 8th St., uptown "6" to Astor Place, or uptown "F" to W 4th St. for NYU. Cab will probably be $5. NYU (in Greenwich Village) and Chinatown are both "downtown," not that far from each other.

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By Yesterday bvogel@accessint.com - Jul 28, 2003, 4:46 PM
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taken it many times back and forth - both Feng Wah and Lucky Star - had great experiences mostly. for the price and the service, can't go wrong. bring a book.

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By Kingdafy - Jul 28, 2003, 5:03 PM
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Don't you ever take the subway in New York? Or cabs?


Yes, I have taken subways and cabs in New York. I'm not sure what the plan will be yet, or if I'm even going. I have a couple of friends in Missouri who are thinking of moving to NY (one wants to go to NYU and one wants to go to Columbia). They're planning a trip in Janurary to check it out and see if they like it, but neither of them have been to New York (I tried to tell them that they wouldn't want a car if they moved there and they can't comprehend the idea of not having a car and insist that the schools will have free parking for all students).

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By adamg - Jul 28, 2003, 5:08 PM
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them that they wouldn't want a car if they moved there and they can't comprehend the idea of not having a car and insist that the schools will have free parking for all students).


I think they better call that trip off right now and just apply to the University of Missouri or something.

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By adamg - Jul 28, 2003, 5:14 PM
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Columbia doesn't even have enough parking spaces for its faculty and staff, let alone students:

http://supportservices.columbia.edu/parking-memo.html (which refers to Vice President for Support Services Ken Knuckles, which is the best name I've seen all day. Ken Knuckles. I could say it over and over).

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ire/parkstu.html: "University parking is not available for students at the Morningside campus."

NYU? Oh, please! http://www.nyu.edu/education/students/faq/p.html: "The University does not offer parking facilities. There are, however, several private parking facilities in the area around Broadway, Astor Place and Washington Square North."

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By Ron Newman - Jul 28, 2003, 5:27 PM
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NYU is in Greenwich Village. It doesn't really matter that much where you end up, because you can always take a subway from where your bus stops to where you want to go.

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Re: ChinaTown Bus To NYC?
By so - Jul 29, 2003, 9:06 AM
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No hassle, no hidden costs (other than that they stop at McDonald's a few hours into the trip and the whole bus smells afterwards). You cannot get to NYC any cheaper...even driving would cost more than $10 just for gas.

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By Kingdafy - Jul 29, 2003, 12:30 PM
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I emailed these links to my friends. Hopefully they'll get the message that they shouldn't have a car in the city. They have no idea what New York is like and can't really imaging a place with no parking. I guess I'll have to send them some pictures. And I just remembered, I took one of their best friends to New York last year... I should have her talk to them.

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By Andrea - Jul 29, 2003, 12:50 PM
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Haven't they ever seen a movie set in New York? Or pictures of it? Sorry, but they sound really sheltered, if not a bit odd.

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By Kingdafy - Jul 29, 2003, 12:54 PM
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Movies are movies, they'll only believe it if they see it in person. They're originally from Phoenix, a city where everybody has a car. I mean, not having a car in Phoenix is unheard of unless you just turned 16. They now live in Missouri where you also need a car. They've never been to New York... they've been to DC, but they didn't really wander through the city much. Other than that, the only places I know of that they've been to are Califoria and Seattle, also places where just about everybody has a car.

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By adamg - Jul 29, 2003, 1:55 PM
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Maybe they should apply to Long Island University then - their main campus is just east of Queens, which probably has a higher percentage of highways than any other part of the city.

Actually, don't tell anybody this, but there are large parts of Brooklyn where on-street parking is usually fairly easy - although hardly convenient for going to NYU or Columbia.

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By Ron Newman - Jul 29, 2003, 3:18 PM
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Have they never been to Chicago? That's pretty near Missouri, and will give them a good idea what a city built before the car looks like.

Or think of San Francisco -- you say they've also been to California.

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By Kingdafy - Jul 29, 2003, 3:36 PM
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To my knowledge, they have not been to Chicago or San Francisco. They've been to LA and Minneapolis/St. Paul. They live halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, so I'm assuming they've been there, too (however I have not been there to compare).

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Re: ChinaTown Bus To NYC?

By adamg - Jul 29, 2003, 3:59 PM
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To my knowledge, they have not been to Chicago or San Francisco. They've been to LA and Minneapolis/St. Paul. They live halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, so I'm assuming they've been there, too (however I have not been there to compare).



Apples, I want you to meet my friend, Oranges.

The more you tell us about them, the more I think they would last about 5 minutes. Not that somebody from the Midwest can't adapt to an East Coast city (my wife is proof of that), but somebody who just refuses to believe that places exist where cars are not welcomed doesn't sound like somebody who's ready for a place like New York.

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Re: ChinaTown Bus To NYC?
By Andrea - Jul 29, 2003, 4:40 PM
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Ha, totally Adam.

Although I'd just be inclined to let them go for it, rent a car, and learn for themselves if they were going to be so stubborn and obtuse.

I'd also plan to take the subway and meet up with them.

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