Vamoose Introduces Gold Bus for Trips to NYC

by Mark Wellborn

Vamoose Gold

Just a month after discount bus service DC2NY announced that it would be running trips from DC to the Delaware beaches, Vamoose Bus rolls out the Gold Bus, a luxury bus service from Bethesda to New York City.

Housing Complex reports that the new bus will debut on June 24th where its first trip to the Big Apple will be celebrated by a send-off by a “live brass band.”

So how does this bus differentiate itself from Boltbus, MegaBus, DC2NY and the other popular discount bus services? Well, other than more legroom and seats that recline “almost to a laying down position,” according to the promotional video, the bus seems pretty much the same as its competitors. There are power outlets and Wi-Fi, the two things that separated the second generation of discount bus services from the Chinatown buses. The website also claims that the buses have “clean, fresh bathrooms” which would be a nice change of pace from the bathrooms on some of the buses that we have traveled on to Manhattan.

The main difference is the price. For a one-way trip, the bus is $50, so $20 more than a normal Vamoose trip and $25 (on average) more than a trip on BoltBus or Mega.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/vamoose_introduces_gold_bus_for_trips_to_nyc/2183


  1. Simon C. said at 5:53 pm on Friday June 18, 2010:

    What about the fact that there is only 36 seats on this regular sized bus versas 56 on a regular bus wich makes the gold bus a much more roomier trip

  1. roots said at 4:45 pm on Saturday June 19, 2010:

    I think that’s suggested by mentioning the extra legroom and reclining seats but good to know. But for $50, you could basically drive your own car for that price.

    However, I’m sure some will use this service. Cheaper than the train.

  1. Tex said at 5:38 pm on Saturday June 19, 2010:

    If it’s 50 bucks…that’s pretty competitive. Normally I spend between 70 to 100 dollars on tolls alone getting to NYC, not including at least 40 to 60 dollars in gas. Throw in parking (if you have to) and you’re well upwards of 200 bucks driving on your own. If Vamoose is offering the same promotion is does for its regular bus service (I believe every fourth trip free) this could be more economical and comfortable way for people to goto NYC, especially if they go their often. I’ll probably give it a shot.

  1. me said at 12:57 pm on Sunday June 20, 2010:

    Yeh I would pay $50 for a more comfy ride to NYC.  Driving myself would cost at least $100 each way which is cost prohibitive unless someone comes with me.

  1. roots said at 1:50 pm on Sunday June 20, 2010:

    How does it cost $100 each way? About $20 each way in tolls and $80 in gas? What type of car are you driving, a hummer? Or where are you driving from?


  1. swester said at 5:24 pm on Sunday June 20, 2010:

    DC > NY is about $40 round trip in tolls. Probably about $70 in gas.  Unless you’re staying at a friend’s place, parking will be probably $20/day.

    Considering the generally sucky Amtrak train usually costs about $100 R/T, this seems like a pretty nice alternative option. Flying is the worst of all - expensive, inconvenient, and the hassle of TSA.

  1. David said at 1:02 pm on Monday June 21, 2010:

    There is plenty of street parking in the residential parts of NYC.

  1. roots said at 2:55 pm on Tuesday June 22, 2010:

    It’s probably still cheaper or maybe about the same to drive than $50 each way on the bus, BUT there is something to be said to not be driving and just riding along in a bus surfing the ‘net, reading, or taking a nap.

    Like I said, I’m sure some will use this, but I don’t agree that it’s cheaper at $50 each way.

  1. Dodi said at 5:23 pm on Tuesday June 22, 2010:

    70 to 100 dollars on tolls

    I find that hard to believe.

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