Sure, those $1 bus tickets between Boston and New York sound way too good to be true. Especially if they come with free Wi-Fi. Maybe that’s why people haven’t been snapping up seats since they quietly went on sale this morning online. Which means you steely skeptics still have a chance!
OK, we don’t blame you. Discounter Megabus has been coy. Its president, Dale Moser, wouldn’t say how many of each bus’s 56 seats would be sold for a buck nor would he tell us what the the remaining seats would go for. (Truth is, he doesn’t know. He said prices and quantities are determined by an automated algorithm that takes into account the time and date of departure, how far in advance the purchase is made, and how many seats remain. But he said the price will be capped at $14, which undercuts all the competitors.)
We saw a few tickets this afternoon going for $5 each for Fourth of July weekend rides. But plenty of $1 seats remain, even though ticket sales started around 8:30 a.m. And even better news awaits if you want to try Megabus during its first week of service (May 30 to June 3): it’s free! (Well, there’s still a 50-cent service charge for booking online or a $3 service charge for booking over the phone. Always a catch.)
Posted By Nicole C. Wong, Globe Staff
It only took us a few minutes to book our free round-trip tickets this morning, although we got a head start by registering for a free account a few days ago. A gal in Cambridge who tried setting up an account at 9:15 a.m. had a hard time figuring out how to do it. And a guy in New York somehow stumbled into the “development” version of Megabus.com, then wound up in the United Kingdom version of Megabus.com, rather than the US one, which caused quite a confusion. It took each of them 20 minutes to reach the reservation confirmation page, but they said the wrangling was worth it. They each booked two free round-trip tickets so they can bring a yet-to-be-picked friend along for the fun.
If you don’t want to go to Boston or New York, you can head to one of the six other Northeast cities in which Megabus is simultaneously introducing service. New York will be the hub from which you can board another bus bound for Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Atlantic City, Buffalo, N.Y., or Toronto. Hopefully you’ll score the connecting ride for just $1 as well.