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Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

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Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

Hi all,

I am coming to New York for the first time next Saturday and wanted to take a day trip to AC to also check it out. I've read about the Greyhound "Lucky Streak" buses out of Port Authority and am planning on using this. Planning on taking the 8:00am bus to Caesars on Wednesay. I was just planning on showing up 20 minutes or so before 8 to get my ticket and get on the bus.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this? I figured a Wednesday at 8 would probably not be too crowded, but do I need to get there earlier than this? Is there anything else I need to know about taking the bus?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

Hi i take the bus at least 2 or 3 times a month. You should be there at least 45 minutes early. The 7am-9am buses are usually packed no matter what day you go. The lines to get the tickets are long and the will call machines usually don't work. They leave from gates 79 & 80. That is the bus i usually take when i go.

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2. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

You can also use the hampton shuttle for $50 from Penn station - see my review today. It leaves about 10:45am and was back by 9:45p

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I've taken the 8am Greyhound bus to Caesar on a Sunday morning and its not crowded. I believe that Caesar is the first stop and then it goes on to Taj Mahal. Academy also has a bus going from Port Authority to Caesar's at 8am (also goes to Showboat). You should be fine getting there about 20-30 minutes ahead for both buses. Greyhound goes from gates 79 & 80 and Academy from gate 1. Greyhound has buses running about every 1/2 hour and no reservation is required (web ticket is only 50 cents cheaper) and Academy has buses running every 1/2-1 hour on weekdays.

Until yesterday, I didn't have a preference between Greyhound and Academy. I didn't like that the Greyhound buses also went to the AC bus station after leaving the casinos on the way back to NYC (ex. leave Bally's at 11:10am, go to bus station and then bus leaves AC at 11:30am), but they have more buses running from AC to NYC, particularly in the morning, and some of their buses are brand new with wifi. Yesterday, however, I took the 7:30am Greyhound bus going to Tropicana/Trump Plaza for an overnight trip. For some inexplicable reason, the bus first goes to Hilton, then Tropicana and last Trump Plaza. I was not happy. This morning I took the 11:10 bus from Bally's, and as I mentioned before, it went to the bus station and when we were about to leave at 11:30am, the bus driver made an announcement that he had to return the bus we were on to the Greyhound depot to pick up one of the new wifi buses. So we got off at Pleasantville and spent about 30 minutes waiting and then transferring to a new bus. The new bus was nicer, brand new and with wifi, but I would have preferred getting back earlier. I wished I had taken Academy down instead.

I will be going down to AC a few times this summer and will probably have to take the bus a time or two. I'm still looking for the best option. I 'm looking at janedoe's suggestion of the Hampton Shuttle and other options. For a visitor, I think taking the bus from Port Authority is best, because its centrally located and not too difficult to find. I may have to take Greyhound down again, but right now I think I prefer Academy.

Edited: 08 June 2010, 06:20
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4. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

The thing I especially like about using Academy is that:

#1. if you are able to plan ahead a bit and;

#2. don't mind committing to a specific departure time;

you can purchase your ticket in advance by going to the Megabus website:

http://us.megabus.com/

where you can buy tickets in advance - sometimes for as little as $10. (The prices vary by day & time - but tend to work their way up to the regular fare rate as you purchase nearer to the day you want to go.)

You must commit to a specific departure time, and the person in the ticket booth at Gate #1 cannot issue you the ticket more than 30 mins before departure. But, it's the exact same ticket you would get paying $35 at the window - 3-part ticket: outbound ticket; casino bonus coupon; and return ticket good for up to 4 days on any Academy bus.

When you buy it on-line you pay a 50 cent service charge and you need to print out the confirmation page which you turn it at the ticket window to receive your Academy ticket. You'll also receive a confirmation email which you can print out instead.

If you happen to be able to plan multiple trips in advance, you can buy all the tickets at one time - but you'll pay only the one 50 cent service charge. The tickets are non-refundable, but you can change the reservation as long as you do so more than 24 hours in advance. Just be sure to read the restrictions. If you change a reservation & your "new" departure date/time ticket costs less, you won't get a refund of the difference - but you won't be charged another service fee. However, if the new ticket costs more than your original fare, you have to pay the difference and another 50 cent fee.

Neil M.

Edited: 08 June 2010, 09:57
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5. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

Neil- I've bought tickets through Megabus for Academy generally for $15.50 weeks in advance. Everytime I've done I felt that like I was getting away with something while others pay the full $35. I haven't been able to do that lately because I didn't make plans well in advance. I think its a great deal although I wished they had tickets for buses before 12:30pm. Thanks for the tip on changing the reservation. I guess I should read the fine print more because I didn't know you could do that.

Edited: 09 June 2010, 01:25
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6. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

i frequently buy tickets on megabus for the 11 AM academy departure to caesars and the hilton, so they do offer tickets before 12:30 (although the morning departures are often among the first to sell out at the discounted price).

if you do pay full fare on academy, remember to join their "president's cub" and have your card swiped when you buy your ticket. you'll get a free trip after every ten full price trips. unfortunately, it takes three or four weeks to get your card and they will not apply retroactive credit for trips taken before your card arrives.

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7. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

UKstages: Good point about signing up for Academy's "President's Club. Over the past few years I've ended up getting 3 or 4 vouchers by using my card.

emmas: As UKstages mentioned - there are often A.M. buses available (but those early morning ones tend to go quickly or have fewer "megabus" seats available because they tend to be popular). I just booked a ticket for a day next week (Wednesday/6:00 p.m. @ $10)- and they had A.M. tickets available for 8:00; 9:00; 9:30 & 10:30 at $30; $20; $20; & $15 respectively. Hey! if you know you're going for sure - even a savings of $4.50 (after the service charge) is worth it in my book!

Neil M.

Edited: 09 June 2010, 02:57
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8. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

Thanks for all the info - I'll check out Academy. We are now thinking about taking one of the late night buses Tuesday night. Maybe the 11:30pm or 12:30am buses. Has anyone ever done the late night ones? How crowded are they? We have a broadway show for Tuesday night and thought we may just go back to the hotel to shower and change and then hit the bus. Figured we could get a couple hours of sleep on the bus and get there around 3:00am and gamble in a relatively quiet casino before everyone else shows up. What do you all think?

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9. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

the late night busses tend to be more than half empty, with sometimes only a handful of passengers. and the trips tend to be fifteen minutes (or more) quicker because of the lack of significant traffic.

you're correct in that the casinos also tend to be rather empty in the wee small hours, especially in the middle of the week.

you might want to check the running time of your broadway show, if you intend to take an 11:30 bus. most shows start at 8 PM and end around 10:20. some are longer. going back to your hotel for a shower may eat up too much time if you really want to be on that 11:30 bus.

>>if you know you're going for sure - even a savings of $4.50 (after the service charge) is worth it in my book!<<

personally, i rarely book any megabus ticket over $20.00... i like being able to walk up and take any bus i want, if my schedule changes. on more than one occasion, i've had to discard unused megabus tickets because of canceled trips i was unable to reschedule. and when the ticket price approaches the regular walk-up price, i usually just buy my ticket from academy. (remember: the president's club benefit is worth about a $3.50 discount on each ticket... so saving $4.50 is not that big a deal.)

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10. Re: Greyhound bus from NYC to AC questions

Nick & UKstages - thanks for the info and tips. I've always bought tickets for Sundays and have only seen available tickets from 12:30pm on even several weeks ahead, so I assumed that was the starting time for Megabus tickets. Thanks for the clarification.

Chattanooga_gal - Good luck with getting tickets. Like UKstages advised, make sure of the running time of your show.

Edited: 09 June 2010, 05:12