Traveling New England: Mega-Bus Equals Mega-Fail

Chief Snow Junkie January 3, 2013 0

I was hoping to review a new bus line over the holidays, but a Nor’Easter put an end to that scheme. Megabus, a European outfit, has recently started service from New York City and Boston to Vermont. They’ve got cheaper tickets than Greyhound, Wi-Fi on board, and nicer buses overall. It could be a nice alternative than driving yourself. I pictured myself falling asleep in a comfy seat while watching a movie on a laptop instead of white knuckling through the nightmare that is Boston area driving.

The problems started when an after-Christmas storm dropped a foot and half of snow across the region. Megabus cancelled my ticket to Boston over twenty-four hours before the scheduled departure using the weather as an excuse. Greyhound cancelled their routes as well. When I called across to the border to locally owned Dartmouth Coach, the customer service rep sounded almost irritated that I though a Nor’Easter would shut down travel.

So no review on Megabus, other than I will most likely never book a ticket during the winter on them. It’s New England and if you can’t figure out how to get a bus through in a moderate storm, then you really don’t belong there. On Friday, the day of my canceled ticket and the day after the big storm, the roads were completely clear and free of ice.

On the other hand, props to Dartmouth Coach. If you need a ride from Boston to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire, this is the way to go. Huge seats, movies, and free snacks. I slept like a baby.

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