|Boston - New York City by Bus|
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BoltBus, Catch-a-Ride, CoachRun, Flixbus, GO Buses, Greyhound, LimoLiner, Lucky Star Bus, Megabus, OurBus and Peter Pan buses compete fiercely on the Boston-to-New York City route, with fares as low as $5, normal fares from $11 to $39, and luxury-service fares as high as $99—which is still cheaper than most flights or Amtrak Acela express train fares.
Most buses carry about 50 passengers, and are equipped with Wifi, reclining seats, power outlets, and on-board toilets. Some buses make a 10-minute rest stop at a restaurant with food, drinks, and toilets.
Most buses are ADA compliant, meaning that the bus stops, coaches and staff are equipped and able to assist passengers with disabilities.
The Good News: the intense competition can result in very low fares.
The Bad News: fares change constantly, so you'll have to do a lot of research to find the best one for you, based on your travel date and time, your departure point and your destination. (Each company has its own stops and destinations, many of which are curb stops on streets, not bus stations.)
Are you sure you want to travel by bus? Here's how to decide whether you want to travel between Boston and New York City by car, bus, train or plane. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. More...
Buy Tickets Online
It's best—and perhaps essential—to buy your bus ticket in advance online. Many of these bus companies also have smartphone apps on which to reserve your seat, buy your ticket, track your bus's location, and receive reports.
Departures & Travel Time
Several companies offer buses departing every hour from about 7:00 am until 8:00 pm, plus additional buses at other times. Most companies post a travel time of about 4-1/2 hours, but this can change depending on departure point, exact destination, time of day, and—of course—traffic, which is always intense on the Boston-New York City route.
For the trip between Boston and New York City, allow at least 5 hours in normal traffic, 15 or 20 minutes less in light traffic (early morning, late night, Sundays), up to 30 minutes more in heavy traffic.
A joint enterprise of Peter Pan Bus and Greyhound (see below), BoltBus serves Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC. The coaches have flush toilets, free Wifi Internet, and power outlets at your seat for your laptop computer, mobile phone, etc.
Fares range from $15 to $25+. Seats are unreserved, but guaranteed if you buy your ticket online. The farther in advance you buy your ticket, the better your chance of paying a lower fare. Catch the bus in Boston at the South Station Bus Terminal, or in New York City on West 33rd Street near 12th Avenue, a block south of the Javits Convention Center. You're 8/10ths of a mile (1.3 km) northwest of New York's Penn Station and less than a 30-minute walk (1.3 miles/2 km) southwest of the Port Authority Bus Terminal (map).
You board the bus more or less in the order in which you bought your ticket, so early ticket-buyers get their pick of the best seats. Occupy your seat at least 15 minutes before departure, or it may be sold to a Standby passenger.
Traveling between Boston (39 Dalton Street) and New York City's Brooklyn or the Bronx? Catch-a-Ride could be your bus line, as those are the stops. Their website is easy to use. More...
CoachRun operates from Boston, Framingham and Quincy MA to New York City, including directly to/from Laguardia (LGA) and JFK airports, Flushing, the Bronx. More...
This big European bus company has moved into the USA and now runs from the Boston area (the South End, and from Tufts University in Medford) to three stops in New York City. Their website is not very easy to use, but they offer a smartphone app. More...
The difference here is that GO Buses serve not Boston proper but the suburbs of Cambridge and Newton. Buses depart Cambridge's Alewife Red Line subway station, stop at Newton's Riverside Green Line station, and arrive near New York City's Pennsylvania Station. for fares of $15 to $18. More...
Comfortable boarding is at Boston's South Station Bus Terminal and New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal. Special web-only non-refundable fares range from $11 to $35. Advance purchase online fare is usually $35, and standard fares range from to $37.50 to $43, one-way. More...
Unfortunately, LimoLiner business-class bus service ended on December 31, 2019. You can no longer use this service. More...
Lucky Star operates between Boston's South Station Bus Terminal (across the street from Boston's Chinatown) and New York City's Chinatown (55 Chrystie Street/Hester Street [map], with the ticket and check-in office at 145 Canal Street. A dozen buses depart between 6:30 am and 10:30 pm, with an additional middle-of-the-night departure at 2 am. Fare is normally $25 (for tickets bought in advance) with a few departures at $35.
This international company serves the Boston-New York route with at least a dozen trips daily in each direction. Coaches have free Wifi Internet, and travel between Boston's South Station Bus Terminal and Manhattan. Fares start at $10 one-way. More...
OurBus departs from Dalton and Belvedere Streets (in front of the Sheraton Hotel) in Boston and gets you to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal (Gate 21) in about 4-1/2 hours, for as little as $5. Fares vary by date, time, and how far in advance you make your reservation and purchase your ticket. More...
New England's premier intercity bus company offers more than 30 direct New York-to-Boston bus departures daily (including those of its BoltBus subsidiary and Greyhound partner) as well as connections to dozens of other destinations in New England. Fares range from $31 to $43. More...
Maine & New Hampshire to New York
Perhaps you're not departing from Boston, but from Concord or Nashua, New Hampshire, or Portland, Maine. If so, you're in luck: Concord Coach operates a premium service (by advance reservation only) from Concord and Nashua, New Hampshire, and Portland, Maine, to New York City. The Manhattan stop is at 373 East 42nd Street, at 1st Avenue, around the corner from United Nations Plaza. You must buy your tickets online, in advance, for this deluxe service. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan
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