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Mike, Thanks for setting up your website. It was really helpful in determining whether to chance a bus ride from Richmond to NYC using any of the Chinatown buses. Based on a reviewer's recommendation, we chose the Pandora bus to travel to NYC this past weekend, and were not disappoin...[Read More]

Mike,
Thanks for setting up your website. It was really helpful in determining whether to chance a bus ride from Richmond to NYC using any of the Chinatown buses. Based on a reviewer's recommendation, we chose the Pandora bus to travel to NYC this past weekend, and were not disappointed. We benefited from being forewarned not to place our luggage under the bus until we were absolutely sure it was the bus for which we had a ticket. We almost got on the wrong bus...two different NYC-bound Chinatown buses were boarding at the same time at the same location. Our bus was spotless and roomy, with plastic trash bags attached to every aisle seat. About halfway to NYC, we stopped at a Roy Rogers, where we were able to use the restrooms - which were pretty clean - and buy something to eat. On the return trip, we boarded promptly, and arrived in Richmond 6 hours later. It also seemed to have a replacement driver who did fine until reaching Richmond, where he asked if someone would come up to the front of the bus to guide him to the drop-off location. Not a problem, though; he didn't miss a beat, and everyone was happy.

Thanks again, Mike. I've been singing the praises of your site and Pandora to anyone who'll listen. I hope that my feedback will be helpful to others.
Audrey

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From: "Audrey" Date: Mon Sep 07 20:50:12 EDT 2015

I recently took the Seagull bus Travel Norfolk to NY at 19:30 am on a Monday morning. Ticket seller was nice, bare waiting room but they did have enough seats (probably would be crowded at a busyier time) slight gltich with initial bus, as we had to change to a different one after about 10 minut...[Read More]

I recently took the Seagull bus Travel Norfolk to NY at 19:30 am on a Monday morning.
Ticket seller was nice, bare waiting room but they did have enough seats (probably would be crowded at a busyier time)

slight gltich with initial bus, as we had to change to a different one after about 10 minutes waiting at the depot.

Bus was about 2/3 full, so everyone had seats.

Three pretty good movie was shown, with english subtitles. Only problem is that the third one was a bit too long for the trip, so I missed the very end.

Ride was fine, driver didn't seem to speed nor do anything risky.

overall, a very good experiance

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From: "Foo bar" Date: Mon Aug 17 20:52:22 EDT 2015

Hello! Thanx for making this site. It was very very very helpful when i was planing my trip to the US in July 2015. To the contrary of some reviews i have read on this site (before experiencing the buses myself), my experience was entirely POSITIVE!!!!!!!!! I took the ABC Bus from Atlanta to ...[Read More]

Hello!
Thanx for making this site. It was very very very helpful when i was planing my trip to the US in July 2015.

To the contrary of some reviews i have read on this site (before experiencing the buses myself), my experience was entirely POSITIVE!!!!!!!!!

I took the ABC Bus from Atlanta to NY and Eastern Travel from NY to WDC.
- both buses were on-time (15h from Atlanta-NY and 4h from NY-WDC)
- friendly drivers (seriously!), they drive safely and know how to avoid heavy traffic in the cities
- GREAT PRICE!!! especially for backpack travelers
- relatively clean, like any other public bus i took in my life
- sadly, i didn't get to see any Chinese/Korean tv shows some other reviews mentioned, although i was looking forward to that
- me and my friends were traveling with a lot of luggage and left it under the bus,there was no luggage surcharge and everything arrived to the destination safely!!!!!!
- as some other reviews have mentioned earlier, EasternTravel has a great pick-up location on Penn Station in NY!!!!!!!!!!!!! great for NY-WDC travelers

I definitely recommend it to all backpackers who want to travel cheap and comfortable and also to frequent Atlanta-NY-WDC travelers. GREAT VALUE!!!!! just 20-40USD one-way.

thanx again for the site Mike,
Vid

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From: "Vid" Date: Sat Aug 15 14:59:59 EDT 2015

I took the Eastern bus between New York and Washington D.C. and it was a no-frills but perfectly comfortable experience. There was a bit of trouble with a rattling TV on the bus, but with my iPod I thankfully was able to avoid having to listen to it. In both directions the drivers seemed to be exper...[Read More]

I took the Eastern bus between New York and Washington D.C. and it was a no-frills but perfectly comfortable experience. There was a bit of trouble with a rattling TV on the bus, but with my iPod I thankfully was able to avoid having to listen to it. In both directions the drivers seemed to be experienced and capable, and made good time. In fact, I took the 2AM bus back from DC to New York and we made it in about 3.5 hours, so I really have to wonder what kind of speeds we were managing while I slept. However, for the parts of the ride when I was awake, the driving did not seem at all unsafe.

For those of you who aren't very familiar (as I was not) with the 88 East Broadway neighborhood, I very much suggest the East Broadway subway station on the F. Other lines are much farther away and it's easy to get lost in the tangled streets of that part of the city.

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From: "Cole" Date: Fri Jul 23 10:31:00 EDT 2004

My husband took the Eastern Travel from NYC to DC, he enjoyed it WAAY better than the yucky Greyhound. Price was better, less people, not as smelly, etc. Only thing weird was finding the locations, they're at different stops. Otherwise, definitely recommend!!...[Read More]

My husband took the Eastern Travel from NYC to DC, he enjoyed it WAAY better than the yucky Greyhound. Price was better, less people, not as smelly, etc. Only thing weird was finding the locations, they're at different stops. Otherwise, definitely recommend!!

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From: "Lydia" Date: Sun Jun 28 01:50:14 EDT 2015

i have tried the HG Tour bus service twice and both the times it has met my expectations. The price is the standard 20/way and 35/round-trip. Its A/C and show nice movies. Overall a recommended service ...[Read More]

i have tried the HG Tour bus service twice and both the times it has met my expectations. The price is the standard 20/way and 35/round-trip. Its A/C and show nice movies. Overall a recommended service

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From: "Mukul" Date: Fri Jun 19 18:16:46 EDT 2015

The Oriental Pearl bus to Atlanta is a great thing. My advice- don't put your bag underneath a bus unless you are certain you will go on it- I've seen some ugly altercations. ...[Read More]

The Oriental Pearl bus to Atlanta is a great thing. My advice- don't put your bag underneath a bus unless you are certain you will go on it- I've seen some ugly altercations.

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From: "Jesse" Date: Mon Jun 15 15:56:27 EDT 2015

Rockledge is WONDERFUL- when they accidently put me in a seat and then needed it back, they took EXTRA good care of me on the next bus and put me in the front seat (little bus) with the driver, which was the BEST seat out there! they are always nice, run a regular schedule, and dont sell all their t...[Read More]

Rockledge is WONDERFUL- when they accidently put me in a seat and then needed it back, they took EXTRA good care of me on the next bus and put me in the front seat (little bus) with the driver, which was the BEST seat out there! they are always nice, run a regular schedule, and dont sell all their tickets in advance- I've ridden them a bunch of times and I LOVE it!

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From: "Elisa" Date: Fri Jun 05 13:51:35 EDT 2015

I've taken Today's Bus from NYC to Baltimore earlier this year and have no complaints. The bus was not nowhere near falling apart like some Greyhounds and they showed a non edited movie - Braveheart. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing if a family is on the bus. But overall I would say a good expe...[Read More]

I've taken Today's Bus from NYC to Baltimore earlier this year and have no complaints. The bus was not nowhere near falling apart like some Greyhounds and they showed a non edited movie - Braveheart. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing if a family is on the bus. But overall I would say a good experience for the price ($35 roundtrip)

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From: "Joshua" Date: Tue May 26 12:38:27 EDT 2015

Hey Mike, My name is Raymond and I am also a fellow Chinatown Bus fan. I love your site and I believe it is a great idea to spread the wealth and word of the good ole chinabuses. Heres a trip report of my last trip I rode on chinatown bus: http://talk.nycsubway.org/perl/read?bustalk=118471 So...[Read More]

Hey Mike,
My name is Raymond and I am also a fellow Chinatown Bus fan. I love your site and I believe it is a great idea to spread the wealth and word of the good ole chinabuses. Heres a trip report of my last trip I rode on chinatown bus:

http://talk.nycsubway.org/perl/read?bustalk=118471

Sorry the pictures doesnt work, it is an outdated post and the pictures are currently off the host they used to be on.

Thank you and take care!
Sincerely,
Raymond

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From: "Raymond" Date: Sun May 24 00:21:33 EDT 2015

These are pointers for others and for your rankings. -> Eastern bus is great; they are my favorite company for DC<->NYC because they have a great NYC location. I live in DC, so the first few times I went to NYC, I could have gotten lost easily. Now that I know my way around that area, I know that...[Read More]

These are pointers for others and for your rankings.

-> Eastern bus is great; they are my favorite company for DC<->NYC because they have a great NYC location. I live in DC, so the first few times I went to NYC, I could have gotten lost easily. Now that I know my way around that area, I know that Eastern‘s ticket booth is in the perfect location, at Penn Station and Allen Street. That's also where they pickup and drop off. I've ridden them over 10 times (never been shown a movie though) and its all about location for me.

-> ABC gave me a pleasant ride for SC<->NYC with a movie at the perfect volume.

-> Star Line gave me a pleasant ride for FL<->NYC with a movie. The indoor, heated waiting room in Orlando was a MAJOR plus!

-> Many chinatown busses pickup and drop-off around 88 East Broadway, which is disconnected from Canal Street and the subway and is a congested, confusing area for a newcomer.

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From: "Chris" Date: Wed Apr 29 13:28:03 EDT 2015

I have some comments to share from my experiences. I am a loyal rider of Eastern NY <=> DC (mostly just because i know when it comes). I like Eastern because it has the additional stops at Penn Station and Times Square and Rockville, MD. Also, they honor internet reservations so I never have to worr...[Read More]

I have some comments to share from my experiences. I am a loyal rider of Eastern NY <=> DC (mostly just because i know when it comes). I like Eastern because it has the additional stops at Penn Station and Times Square and Rockville, MD. Also, they honor internet reservations so I never have to worry about fighting angry people to get on the bus. The extra few bucks you pay is well worth it when you like to take the bus at the more popular times.

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From: "Linda" Date: Tue Apr 14 10:45:09 EDT 2015

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