What Was I Thinking?!? Megabus to Washington, D.C. Tonight…
W ell, I am preparing to take another trip in a few hours; and it is starting off with a trip on Megabus to Washington, D.C., where I will stay for the weekend with a member of my family before departing for Nairobi and then Muscat.
As we were talking on the telephone to arrange for my meeting him when I arrive tomorrow morning at Union Station, it was nice to know that he will not be far from there — but the conversation eventually changed to the following:
“Have you ever taken Megabus before?”
“Yes, I had.”
“Where did you go?”
“…and you said that the trip cost you five dollars each way?”
“No. The trip cost me five dollars total round-trip.”
That is correct. I was able to book a fare of one dollar each way. The booking fee and the facilities fee each cost $1.50; so at three dollars, the fees cost more than the entire trip. I happened to be fortunate to book just when the new schedule was released, which the last time that happened was back in mid-November. That schedule is still the current schedule, which is available until the end of March; so a new schedule is due to be released soon.
I originally booked the trip on Megabus as a backup plan in case I was unable to find a low airfare; but as I originally wrote here:
“You would consider taking Megabus again in the future?”, you might be asking me. Let me put it this way: it is not my preferred mode of travel — but the cost is low. It would not be worth it to me if the bus was at full capacity with passengers or if the equipment did not work. I would recommend Megabus for shorter trips where you would arrive at your destination no faster by airplane; or on overnight trips if you are able to sleep aboard a bus. The seats were all right — they are not as wide or as “comfortable” as those found in the economy class cabin aboard a typical airplane operated by a commercial airline. Certain seats — usually reserved on routes which offer reservations when booking your trip — do offer more leg room, a table or better views to help pass the time…
…so while I would not exactly say to myself “Wow! I cannot wait to travel on Megabus again!!!”, I can say that when conditions are right, I will consider being a passenger on Megabus again. It was nice not to have to worry about driving or going through an airport security checkpoint to be screened; and — as I said — the price was right.
That first experience was not a bad one at all. I just hope the experience on which I am about to embark in a few hours is at least as good. One never knows until it starts — but I suppose the same can be said for other modes of transportation as well.
However, this is one of those times where it seems that what I did “looked better on paper” at the time I booked the trip than it does now: in a few hours, I will be on a bus for almost 13 hours, riding overnight — including two stops — and I am not thrilled about that, to say the least.
There was no offer to reserve a seat for a nominal fee on this bus; so I hope I get a decent seat next to a window so that I may attempt to sleep.
Anyway, I am not sure that his schedule will allow him to take me to Washington Dulles International Airport after the weekend is over; so he recommended that I take the Silver Line, which “might cost five dollars each way.”
“Hey! That will cost me twice as much as my entire Megabus trip!” I jokingly protested…