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)
    GQ J.
    "Great clean bus with free wifi and it stops around midtown in NYC."(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!
  • Sami A.
    Sami ArefinAugust 7, 2011
    If you need a plug make sure the seat has it before you sit down, it's usually on the seat back infront of you or near your feet. If you don't, the seat near 35 has a lot of extra leg room.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 ;-)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Devonta
    DevontaNovember 15, 2014
    Walked from Penn Station 11th Ave. It's cold and out of the way. Bundle up. Love the buses though.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Mahmood
    MahmoodFebruary 27, 2014
    Book online early, cheap ride, check plug-ins at your seat before sitting down, good service overall!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leo G.
    Leo GonzalesApril 24, 2015
    overall, good value. you might lose the WiFi signal depending on where you are, though.
  • 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.
  • Alexis H.
    Alexis HolzerFebruary 20, 2013
    Always plan your trip around rush hour and leave on a weekday. Less traffic and more seating!
  • 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.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MendezApril 13, 2012
    Get here early or you will either miss the bus or miss the window seat!!
  • 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.
  • Carisa D.
    Carisa DaquinoOctober 3, 2011
    Great thus far. Mr George, the driver, rules! Leather seats, clean, has a bathroom, and wifi. Sweet!
  • Liam P.
    Liam PhillipsDecember 26, 2011
    Make sure to get into seats with plugs to charge your mobile device and or laptop
  • 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!
  • Rob M.
    Rob MeltzerSeptember 3, 2012
    Buy your ticket early to get an A seat. Bring food and drink
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Joe O.
    Joe OrtizAugust 20, 2011
    Ensure you show up 20 min early (at least) to guarantee a seat and outlets!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Summer tip: there's a crack next to this door that blasts AC
  • 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.
  • Doc S.
    Doc SearlsNovember 17, 2011
    Come early and enjoy the pure diner experience of the Tick-Tock.
  • 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.
  • 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).
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