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bike friendly nyc -> philly chinatown bus?

Old 03-30-06, 08:44 PM
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bike friendly nyc -> philly chinatown bus?

this is kinda urgent.. what chinatown bus lines have people used to get from nyc to philly with their whips? cya
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Old 03-30-06, 09:28 PM
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I've got the same question, NYC -> Boston. Anyone?
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Old 03-30-06, 10:19 PM
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any of 'em

Coach
Apex
Fung Wah

[edit]actually, I've never taken one to Philly, and I've never taken a bike to boston. So I'm basically assuming you won't have a problem.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:02 PM
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I've heard good things about the Fung Wah for the Boston/NYC trip. Lucky Dragon leaves from the same stretch of Canal in NYC and unloads at South Station in Boston, but haven't heard anything on them and bikes.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:05 PM
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I took Lucky Star from NY to Boston, along with 3 others. They had no problem with four bikes.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:18 PM
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yeah, Apex/Today's Bus works fine too.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:20 PM
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i think as you load it, not ontop of anyones luggage there will not be any problem

one tip - if you lock your bike to the luggage compartment dividers it wont bang around as much during the ride.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:28 PM
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Oh yeah and I took Apex to DC with one other person and it was fine too.
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Old 03-30-06, 11:59 PM
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They are all fine. I lock mine to the little posts inside of them.

OT: Don't take 2000 Coach. TWO TIMES the bathroom ventalation system somehow broke, emitting a really awful stench, only about halfway up the turnpike.
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Old 03-31-06, 10:24 AM
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take the train

take new jersey transit from penn station to trenton; take SEPTA from trenton to philly (30th street, suburban st, etc).

you can buy complete round trip tix from booths at penn station (last time i went, $30 r/t). you can take your bike on the train (barring certain rush hour exceptions, see their website). i always prefer the train to the bus, less cramped, prettier, no traffic.
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Is the NJTransit / SEPTA transfer in the same station? Or do you have to be lost in Trenton for a little while on the train journey?
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fung wah is awesome. the driver cracks me up, "aaaaah, no drinka beer or nothing like that".
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Old 04-02-06, 06:08 PM
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brokenrobot: this is a little late, but yes, sometimes even across the platform.
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ive done boston to philly. fung wa and whatever else.
the good:
you dont need a case, i just locked mine to a pole where all the luggage was
once they moved me to the front of the line, which allowed me to get a good seat, also if they hadnt i would have had to take the next bus since the line was so long

the bad:
once they charged me an extra ten bucks
if somethin' happened to my bike... well they have never heard of insurance im sure
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Old 04-02-06, 07:59 PM
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i've gone between philly and nyc with bike about seven million times to date. both chinatown bus companies don't give a **** about your bike, just roll up there and toss it in the cargo area and get on the bus. no one will say a word to you. boston is the same story. don't ask questions, just do it. how long have you lived in new york, anyway?

NJT/SEPTA between nyc and philly (i call this the 'dirt train' as it is cheap compared to amtrak and really ****ing crappy too) is the worst possible option. only use this if you have brain damage or like being pissed off. it's more expensive than the chinatown bus, a million times slower, only slightly more comfortable (unless you have your bike, in which case it's NOT) and to top it off you have to transfer. it may be less sketchy but it sucks.
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Old 04-03-06, 12:04 PM
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menace: totally disagree. i dont care about sketchiness but the bus gets stuck endlessly in traffic, leaving nyc and entering philly. you've never been stuck on i-95 on thus bus for hours? i don't possibly know how a bus could be faster than a train, which runs on tracks unimpeded by other vehicles. yeah, it might be a touch more expensive, but the worst possible option? doubtful.
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Old 04-03-06, 02:14 PM
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the trip times definitely depend on when u are taking it, the only time i've done the chinatown bus has been later at night and everytime its been about 2 hours, and the fastest i've ever done the septa/njt is 2 and a half, and that was with only like a 5 minute wait at the trenton stop...im sure if u go during rush hour or close too, the bus is a hell of a lot slower, but if ur going rush hour u cant bring ur bike on the train on septa

conclusion: late night chinatown bus all the way
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Old 04-03-06, 02:21 PM
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hopefully you'll be on one of the busses that doesn't catch on fire. i know the odds are good that nothing will happen, but still, i don't trust those freakin busses.
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theres a bus that runs from dc to nyc, stops in philly @ china town- 20 $ roundtrip philly/nyc- i heard you can take your bike as long as its not packed- but they run every hour or so- 2 hours from nyc to the philly italian market but i got off in chinatown and rode hometake ane earlier bus if times an issue- 4wiw ck todaysbus.com
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Boston to nyc and back is mad chill for taking a bike, bring a chain, and lock it up like sugested, if you lock it to a pole in the luggage area, standing up, it won't jostle around as much, and wont fall over either.

I don't know **** about philly though, but for monster track, me and like 6 people went down, that's 7 bikes, and they didn't say ****, they even opened up an extra compartment just for our bikes and our bikes alone.



good luck, and let me know what you find out, since I'm planning on going ot to philly this summer.
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