Do you travel between NYC and Boston or Framingham for business or to see friends and family? You can take Amtrak, which adds up in price, or you can fly, but I think for trips under five hours, it never really pays to fly – the time it takes you to get to the airport, the fact that you have to get there at least an hour before your flight, and add in the possible delay factor. So what options are left? Taking the bus, which can be economical, but you never know how cramped it will be, as the seats are usually narrow with little legroom, and if that person next to you brings on board some smelly food or talks on their cell really loudly, you’re stuck being miserable for the duration of the trip. That’s where the perfect compromise comes into play…it’s called the limoliner. It’s a bus, but one with big leather seats, either next to the window or aisle, and carries under 30 people per trip. It will make your ride to and from Boston a very comfortable, stress-free one.
The service onboard is terrific. They serve one meal and unlimited soft drinks and snacks. The bus also has wifi, which works well. I’ve been on buses before that promote wifi service, but you’re lucky if a site loads within 10 minutes. I was able to work the entire trip. At one point, there was a woman talking really loudly on her cellphone and the gentleman working for limoliner politely went over to her and let her know she was a bit loud, as to not make it an uncomfortable ride for everyone else on board. However, you do get great reception and can make business calls while onboard. In the back of the bus, there is a cell-free zone, so if you prefer complete silence, you can opt for one of those seats, some of which have a table as well for your laptop.
They also play a movie, have a television channel, and SiriusXM radio on board. Since the bus is so small, you can see the tv screens from anywhere on the bus and you can control whether you want to listen to the radio or movie/tv from your seat. It feels just like a flight, but without all the airport hassle.
The bus conveniently travels between the Hilton in midtown on 53rd street and 6th avenue in NYC, the Sheraton Back Bay in Boston, and the Mass Pike Framingham Park and Ride. There are a few departures throughout the day, and the price starts at just $69 one way. To book your next trip to or from Boston, just click here.