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The Philadelphia – Washington D.C. Chinatown Bus: Worth It
Since I wasn’t allowed to sit in George Washington’s chair, I decided it was time to leave Philly and travel to Washington D.C. The original plan was to take the Chinatown Bus from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. The thought of taking an inter-state bus for 3-hours sent shivers down my spine. Who really takes busses anymore? Would there be shady people on the bus? What is bus transportation like? Well friends, let me tell you, I was way wrong.
Why You Should Consider Taking the Bus Yourself
Easy Ticket Purchase - You can purchase tickets online here, print them out and then present them for boarding. It’s a piece of cake.
No Security - Boarding is fast, easy and body-scanner free!
Great Prices & Convenient - For just about $30, you can travel one-way from Philly to DC. That’s a tank of gas right there, plus you don’t have to drive yourself in that rental car. You can sit back and relax!
Comfortable - Okay, so busses aren’t super comfortable, but it’s not miserable either. It’s about as comfortable as flying. I grabbed a sandwich beforehand, had lunch, took a nap and voila, I had arrived!
No Shady People - I can’t guarantee that every trip will be Shady People-Free, but travelers of all ages, backgrounds and interests take the bus. It’s not ghetto.
Sometimes, because the business travel lifestyle can be indulgent, I am quick to judge travel options that are less than luxurious. It’s a bad habit I’m trying to fix. But thankfully, my desire to save money over renting a car one-way exposed me to the benefits of bus travel. And I think you should consider it too.
Have you ever taken an inter-state bus? What was your experience like? Share by commenting.