BoltBus Midtown Stop

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  • Adam C.
    "Bolt Bus consistently has nice working outlets in every seat."(18 Tips)
    ReShon A.
    "Budget extra time as bus drivers and traffic can be unpredictable"(5 Tips)
    D V.
    "Buses are comfortable, not every seat has power, WIFI didn't work."(4 Tips)
    @JaumePrimero
    "Book early for the best prices"(5 Tips)
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  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HaackOctober 11, 2014
    I took Bolt from DC to NYC and return. Great experience! I had a super neat Greyhound bus on both trips. Leather seats, sockets, foot rest, functioning wifi. Comfort far exceeded my expectations!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJuly 4, 2012
    Three codes: A,B,C. A boards first! Book early for the best prices, and don't worry contrary to comments posted there is a bathroom on the bus! The trip is approx. 4 hours. Bring snacks!
  • Amy C.
    Everything is pretty clearly labeled. Only thing is there's no overhang area so if it's raining you and your luggage will get drenched while you wait for the bus.
  • Ian B.
    Ian BarryJanuary 18, 2012
    I regularly have very positive experiences with Bolt Bus. I would recommend the service to people traveling between dc and boston who travel midday. Otherwise megabus has an overnight, direct bus.
  • Alexandre N.
    Alexandre NguyenMay 6, 2013
    There tends to be tourists on the line who don't understand that seating takes place in sections. Respect the line. But respect the sections too. You paid for it!
  • Lianne F.
    Lianne FarbesJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here EARLY to line up...if you register online and buy early you can get ticket discounts and "A" status so you can board first ;-)
  • Eric W.
    Eric WalterFebruary 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Drivers run the gamut: some are nice, some are grumpy, some are total dicks. Just be patient and respectful. I've seen drivers masterfully handle blizzards and heavy traffic. Give 'em a break.
  • Sarom e.
    Sarom eOApril 30, 2013
    show up 30 minutes before departure - yes including the snobby A-class passengers. stay in your seat until the bus departs or risk losing your seat! I've seen it happen. and please no hot foods!
  • GQ J.
    GQ JaiAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the A,C,E train in NYC and it brings u to the corner of the stop. U can also take the 1,2,3 train but u'll have to walk a block as it drops u off at 34 & 7 ave.
  • Devonta
    DevontaNovember 15, 2014
    Walked from Penn Station 11th Ave. It's cold and out of the way. Bundle up. Love the buses though.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ChalifourJuly 27, 2011
    Best bus service in NYC. Sign up online to get an 'A' ticket...also after 8 trips or so, you get a free ticket! Not bad!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WianckoFebruary 20, 2014
    If they are short on buses they will sometimes use greyhound buses so make sure to look out for bolt bus drivers standing in front of greyhound buses or else they'll leave without you
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11 (right now!!): the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Ralph C.
    Ralph ConservaDecember 5, 2013
    Great new spot, much easier to get onto the West Side highway, regardless of it not being near a major station!
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerJanuary 12, 2015
    Short walk from Penn, food cart close by, ask the staff if you are confused where to stand, lines can go in both directions
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pro tip: Screenshot your ticket before you get here, as cell service can be kinda finicky with lots of people in the vicinity.
  • Adam C.
    Adam CernyNovember 23, 2014
    Bolt Bus consistently has nice working outlets in every seat. This is a huge plus for us who use our phones way too much.
  • Constance H.
    Constance HowesAugust 13, 2011
    Try to get tix early and be in the A group otherwise - even if you buy advance online tix - you're relegated to standby w the people paying cash and it's kinda frustrating.
  • GQ J.
    GQ JaiAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The A,C, & E train in NYC will take u to the station. The 1,2,3 is the alternative but u have to walk a block to 8 ave as it drops u off at 34 & 7 ave.
  • GQ J.
    GQ JaiAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great clean bus with free wifi and it stops around midtown in NYC. Take the early bus or late to avoid NY traffic
  • Coupon Sherpa
    Coupon SherpaMarch 9, 2011
    Check their website to take advantage of their first-come, first-serve policy, which can sometimes score you a seat for a dollar! Read more
  • Mahmood
    MahmoodFebruary 27, 2014
    Book online early, cheap ride, check plug-ins at your seat before sitting down, good service overall!!
  • Dahvi S.
    Dahvi ShiraNovember 29, 2011
    Comfy seats, non-sketchy passengers, a little pit-stop for food halfway thru. Definitely gets two thumbs up from me.
  • B S.
    B SchlueterOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buying online is easy, but doesn't guarantee 'A' seating. What it does do is lets you board any bus on the same route at about the right time, even if you're 2 hours late getting there.
  • Leo G.
    Leo GonzalesApril 24, 2015
    overall, good value. you might lose the WiFi signal depending on where you are, though.
  • Isa G.
    Isa GDecember 13, 2013
    Not all seats have outlets, or working outlets so be sure to get there early to get a good seat!
  • Sandy S.
    Sandy SoMay 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Koreans need to watch out for the old white-haired man who'll give you a sob story about being short cash for bus fare to DC. He'll claim he's a professor that overslept & missed the bus. It's a scam!
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BorschMay 26, 2011
    The bus is clean with nice seats and easy power access, but it was 15 minutes late picking us up and over an hour late to our destination. Don't use it if timing is important on your trip.
  • Cone C.
    Cone CorbettAugust 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't get an A ticket, you're doomed. Also they tell you to line up against the building, but you have a better chance waiting along the curb.
  • Jeanie
    JeanieApril 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If your computer or other electronic device has a 3-prong plug, get a 2-prong adapter if you want to use BoltBus's outlets.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GallSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Buses are usually on time...our driver had us make 3 lines for a, b, and c group if tickets. Very good ride and cheap, too.
  • Alexis H.
    Alexis HolzerFebruary 20, 2013
    Always plan your trip around rush hour and leave on a weekday. Less traffic and more seating!
  • Carisa D.
    Carisa DaquinoOctober 3, 2011
    Great thus far. Mr George, the driver, rules! Leather seats, clean, has a bathroom, and wifi. Sweet!
  • Rob M.
    Rob MeltzerSeptember 3, 2012
    Buy your ticket early to get an A seat. Bring food and drink
  • Juan M.
    Juan MendezApril 13, 2012
    Get here early or you will either miss the bus or miss the window seat!!
  • Nathaniel E.
    Nathaniel EmodiMarch 28, 2011
    In my experience there is usually 1-3 standby seats available, which is useful if you don't have a ticket or want to catch an earlier bus.
  • An X.
    An XiaoApril 29, 2010
    Arrived early? If it's a nice day, sit across the street in front of Borders. No point in getting in line; it all goes to mush once the driver arrives.
  • Liam P.
    Liam PhillipsDecember 26, 2011
    Make sure to get into seats with plugs to charge your mobile device and or laptop
  • Delaney P.
    Delaney PageFebruary 14, 2013
    Buy early if traveling for a convention. There will be a lot of extra travelers on such days with the same transportation ideas as you.
  • r t.
    r t.January 3, 2013
    They'll call out A tickets 1st. Then total chaos ensues. Stand as close to the door as possible to get a good seat.
  • New York Guest Tourism Services
    Welcome to NYC! New York Guest is just around the corner and can help you get a room, Broadway ticket, sightseeing voucher and more! Call 212-302-4019 or stop by for special discounts!
  • Cecilia B.
    Cecilia BogardusNovember 24, 2010
    Nice, clean but they DONT care about your seat number! So you better be quick unless you want to sit near the toilet!
  • Katie A.
    Katie AllenJanuary 20, 2014
    It's harder to get to this spot by foot, but it's easier to get on the bus. Particularly on the correct bus. Wish more taxis would congregate around here.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Summer tip: there's a crack next to this door that blasts AC
  • Joe O.
    Joe OrtizAugust 20, 2011
    Ensure you show up 20 min early (at least) to guarantee a seat and outlets!
  • Doc S.
    Doc SearlsNovember 17, 2011
    Come early and enjoy the pure diner experience of the Tick-Tock.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KMarch 20, 2013
    In the battle of the buses, Bolt pulls aheads. Far superior than Megabus or any cheaper c-town alternative.
  • Raghav R.
    Raghav RaoJune 16, 2013
    The bus you board here takes you to one heck of a city !
  • D V.
    D VJanuary 21, 2011
    Buses are comfortable, not every seat has power, WIFI didn't work. Boarding goes quick,have your confirmation number available. $23 each way.
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieFebruary 4, 2012
    The further you plan your trip in advance, the cheaper your ticket.
  • Lucy M.
    Lucy MuryJuly 24, 2012
    Be prepared to wait. It's hit or miss whether or not your bus is on time; regardless, a very smooth ride to DC.
  • C. S.
    C. StewartJanuary 11, 2015
    Bundle up during the winter time. It's right by the water ❄️❄️❄️
  • Melissa
    MelissaDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bus service. If you're late, you can usually get on the next bus no problem!
  • David P. M.
    David P. MartinDecember 23, 2013
    No longer leaves from 33rd St. & 7th Ave. Now departures are on 33rd St. btwn 11/12th Aves. Big inconvenience and distance from the subway. Arrgghh!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathMay 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Better than Megabus by far. If you act like you have a cold, you are all but guaranteed a seat to yourself (unless it's a full bus).
  • David E.
    David EhrlingerMay 30, 2011
    If it's raining or kinda hot out, theirs a air-conditioned store like 10 steps away. Old Navy is my comfy waiting spot. Borders books has a better view but the A/C is much weaker.
  • Sakheni D.
    Sakheni DlaminiApril 7, 2013
    Great way to travel...stress free...and I can get work done while I'm at it.
  • Mark E.
    Mark ElledgeOctober 16, 2011
    If the driver says the pickup location will be somewhere different, be skeptical!
  • anthony G.
    anthony G.November 23, 2013
    Tell Bolt to find a more convenient pickup spot than 11/12th ave... This is utterly annoying.
  • Ben T.
    Ben T.August 29, 2010
    Uncomplicated ride to DC. Try the 99 cent egg on roll across the street before you board. Surprisingly decent.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HurstAugust 3, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your laptop on the Bolt Bus to use the free WiFi on your trip. The bus has power outlets! But make sure you bring a 3-prong plug to charge; my plug (Apple) kept falling out.
  • Jansen C.
    Jansen ChanDecember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make an account, buy your ticket under the account, and get an A ticket. Better seats less time out in the cold.
  • Pablo G.
    Pablo GoldbargFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This stop is in the middle of nowhere, it's not even NYC. If it rains or snows, you'll melt.
  • Jamarr M.
    Jamarr MillsAugust 23, 2013
    Be sure you're here 15 min before or you better have an A ticket. Otherwise it won't be cute.
  • Diana S.
    Diana SKNovember 19, 2011
    Awesome bus. Lots of leg room, outlet at every row. Beats the hell out of driving to Boston!
  • Lafawnduh
    LafawnduhAugust 7, 2010
    On the way back from Philly, if you're going to 6th and Grand, make sure you tell the bus driver. If not, he'll take the Holland Tunnel anyway, but go straight to 34th St.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AikenMay 28, 2012
    Arrive at least 5 minutes early... sometimes they will place a standby in your spot
  • P J.
    P JohnsonJanuary 29, 2012
    Be early or your seat might be sold to a stand by customer
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangSeptember 23, 2011
    Standby and lines for other cities can be confusing, make sure to ask!
  • Frank S.
    Frank ShortMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't fret about the seating too much. They all tend to fill up. Focus instead on making sure you get a plug to keep charged up on your trip!
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LeasureJanuary 16, 2012
    Get there early or you'll never get a window seat
  • Geoffrey M.
    Geoffrey MecoyAugust 18, 2012
    Not exactly timely or organized, but come on time anyway, just across street from 34th St. movie theater.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HurstAugust 31, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Show up 15 minutes early and get a seat with power outlet access: not all seats have this. Sit back, surf via WiFi, and ride!
  • Whits End
    Whits EndJune 19, 2014
    If you value your life you might avoid @BoltBus... My driver is on the phone, texting, shuffling papers, reading schedules, and swerving across lanes at 70mph. BoltBus needs to conduct driver reviews
  • Miss T. H.
    Miss T. HoopsNovember 5, 2010
    Remember to make sure your seat has an electrical outlet, some seats don't have them.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HaasAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The wifi is spotty and lots of outlets are broken - check them before you commit to a seat.
  • Antwan J.
    Antwan JonesSeptember 12, 2011
    Check your plug ins before you sit down...some of them do not work and some seats do not have any plug ins!
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HoltgraverOctober 14, 2009
    look for the plaque on the wall marking Nikolai Tesla's place of death- the New Yorker Hotel - and pause to consider everything alternating current has done for you.
  • Samuel B.
    Samuel BryantOctober 9, 2011
    The line doesn't matter. Also make sure to get an A ticket.
  • Dayana B.
    Dayana BMarch 24, 2011
    Some buses have leather seats. Fancy yes but also have arm rest and seatbelts. Rather uncomfortable, aim for a seat by yourself
  • Samuel W.
    Samuel WongJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you have you ticket out and line up against Sabarro until your scheduled bus arrives.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 11, 2014
    Ride a CitiBike to 34th and 11th. It'll force you to pack light.
  • Jeanie
    JeanieDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The seats with outlets are in the first half of the bus. On most of the buses, seats in the second half do not have outlets.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BarresiJuly 25, 2012
    I would NEVER travel with BoltBus ever again. I booked a one-way ticket from NJ to DC. I missed my bus because customer service told me the wrong pick-up location. She was very rude. Disappointing.
  • kiramonkey
    kiramonkeySeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy your tickets online to get group A seating. You'll get the seats you want this way!
  • Mikey N.
    Mikey NaujJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The emergency exit for Hammerstein seeps A/C. Stand in the indent on hot days.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BehmMarch 5, 2011
    Make sure to create a Bolt Bus account so you receive an A ticket when you buy. Otherwise you'll have B or C tickets.
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedJuly 19, 2011
    Cheapest way to get to Boston. Bring earplugs & deoderant.
  • Duane M.
    Duane MJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure you arrive on time. Buses leave promptly, unlike the always late Megabus.
  • Nini C.
    Nini ChanAugust 30, 2011
    You get what you pay for. Just relax and enjoy the ride
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CruzAugust 31, 2011
    Make sure you check your energy outlet first... I didn't, and now I'm typing on a dying phone. What a drag!
  • Cara C.
    Cara CapelloOctober 18, 2011
    dosent matter how long the line is you get on alphabetically by your reservation kidss
  • Kim T.
    Kim ThomasNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you take your computer, sit on the left hand side so your "mouse" arm has room to move around. Nothing sucks more than a cramped elbow
  • mjb
    mjbAugust 18, 2013
    on-bus wifi is dodgy. at least don't try to update iPhone apps. process will hang until you turn off wifi, switch back to 3G and then they load normally.
  • dafp_09
    dafp_09May 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have the driver who smokes cigars on his break, plays horrible sci-fi flicks and emphasizes keeping the bathroom clean.... don"t talk too loudly. He'll call you out over the mic for talking to
  • Frank S.
    Frank ShortFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bolt Bus is a great deal, but often the WiFi is not working, so always bring something else to do.
  • Graham J.
    Graham JonesOctober 13, 2011
    Don't be one of the fools who neither prints their ticket nor has a smart phone to pull it up on!
  • Sapana K.
    Sapana KulkarniAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can keep the boarding pass on your phone. No need to print it out.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MaxxAugust 27, 2011
    When there is a planned HURRICANE get your ticket right away and get to your stop ASAP !!!! Mwahh <3
  • Wayne H.
    Wayne HarrisDecember 17, 2010
    Be on time, book ticket early to ensure "A" boarding.
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