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The Fung Wah Bus
An Inexpensive Massachusetts Travel Option
A recent Fung Wah bus trip from Boston to New York City brought sights, sounds, smells and experiences that were delightful, interesting and an eye opener to other cultures. The Fung Wah bus line has been servicing the Boston to New York excursion for many years and is known among locals as the bus line to take if you're looking for a very discounted travel option.
This four hour trip takes you through some of the most admired scenery in the country. In New York City, you'll see the Empire State Building in all its magnificence, Times Square with the neon lights lining the skyscraper buildings with ads from all over the world in so many languages that represent the international market place that New York City has always been, as well as many other scenic areas that you read about in the travel brochures.
As you approach Boston from New York City along I-90, you'll be able to see the lights and outer walls of Fenway Park on the right hand side of the bus as well as the Prudential Tower seemingly hovering above the highway before heading into the tunnels and on to South Station.
Fung Wah Bus tours are as much an economical way to travel as it is an ethnic adventure. This is a really fascinating means of inexpensive Massachusetts travel between Boston and New York City's Chinatown areas.
Photo courtesy of alist
One of the money savers when I traveled using Fung Wah was a daily pass that lasted all day and would take you anywhere in the city you wanted to go. In order to get the daily pass, you must book in advance to get all the benefits such as the round trip discounts.
I have noticed most of the clientele are 20 something college students looking for deep discounts (which Fung Wah definitely provides!). It is almost tradition for area college students to use the Fung Wah bus if they are looking for an inexpensive way to get from Boston to New York City or vice versa ...great for day trips to the city on the cheap:)
The bus does not wait for anyone regardless if you have a reservation so make sure you are at the pick up spot well before the designated departure time. There are many departure times throughout the day so if you do miss one, you'll know that another is right around the corner.
Reserved tickets should mean that your seat is guaranteed, but even so, plan on standing in line for a good thirty minutes prior to the bus arriving just to get your reserved ticket.
On short notice, a friend and I decided to go to New York City and didn't have time to purchase our tickets online. We made it to the booth and purchased our ticket just as the bus started to pull in.
We headed for the bus and we able to find seats but not next to each other. It seemed everyone else was traveling alone with one person at each window seat. Not a big deal to me; I just put on my headphones and listened to music for the trip.
The best way to go about purchasing tickets is to do it online at their website. As with their website, you'll notice some of the selected times are sold out. To avoid any hassles and "sold out" frustration, it may be best to buy the tickets at least a day advance.
Photo courtesy of evawisten
Although the Fung Wah bus riding experience was uneventful for me, I have heard stories from others ranging anywhere from overpowering smells emanating from the public bathroom in the back of the bus to lack of air conditioning in the summer.
There may be a reason that the bus fares can be so cheap but I'll leave that up to speculation. Preferably, you'll want to choose the the seats toward the front of the bus.
Riding the infamous Fung Wah bus was a neat experience for me, not because of the stories of others I've been told but from the easy ride and very cheap fares.
The Asian hospitality was a particular delight as I was welcomed with smiles and polite curiosity. The 'adventure' was well worth the money and I'll be traveling Fung Wah the next time I head out for the day to New York City.
Fung Wah Bus Essentials
Phone: Boston - (617) 345-8000 or (617) 338-8308
Bus Fares: Normally $15 per person; one way.
Schedule: Buses arrive every 30 minutes on the half hour.
*Holiday and weekend departures may be extended. Contact me for current schedules.*
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