NEW YORK, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, today announced expansion to/from Miami, Tallahassee and Tampa, Florida. Additionally, megabus.com is opening a new route, connecting Orlando and New Orleans, with service through Gainesville and Tallahassee, Florida; as well as Mobile, Alabama. All services begin May 15 and tickets can be purchased at www.megabus.com today.
One-way fares always start at $1, plus a reservation fee, on every bus, every day. In celebration of the new service, all tickets purchased on megabus.com to or from the new cities (Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee) and new expansion route (from Orlando to either New Orleans or Mobile) will be $1, plus a reservation fee, for the first week of travel (May 15-21). On May 22, $1 tickets will continue to be offered daily on every bus, with the price increasing incrementally the closer it gets to the customer's desired departure date.
There will be seven daily departures/arrivals to/from Miami, six to/from Tampa and four to/from Tallahassee. In each service location, megabus.com provides service at or near a local intermodal transportation facility, providing customers with additional convenient, inexpensive local transportation options.
Adding service to the three additional cities has made Orlando the 14th megabus.com hub in North America as the company now serves more than 10 million customers annually in more than 120 cities. Across Florida, megabus.com now serves a total of six metro areas (Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa) home of more than 70 percent of Florida residents.
"Megabus.com has rapidly become the travel option of choice for more than 10 million customers each year and we're excited to bring our unique travel option to residents of Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee," said Mike Alvich, VP of Marketing for megabus.com/Coach USA. "As Americans continue to look for ways to stretch their dollar, we look forward to providing safe, convenient and affordable travel to the hundreds of thousands of residents in Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee; and providing Orlando, Gainesville, Mobile and New Orleans customers with additional service options."
"Customers can travel to these popular destinations in approximately the same amount of time it would take to drive themselves, without the stress of being behind the wheel," added Alvich. "Customers can recline, rest and even sleep-- or, if they prefer--keep themselves connected and entertained with free Wi-Fi and power outlets in every seat on our state-of-the-art double-decker buses."
Studies by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development of DePaul University in 2014 revealed that city-to-city express bus transportation remains the fastest-growing and most affordable transportation mode. The university's studies reveal that city-to-city express bus carriers like megabus.com save customers nearly $30/trip when compared to single-occupant driving and between 50-80 percent per trip when compared to train and air travel. City-to-city bus service cumulatively saves American consumers $1.2 billion annually compared to other modes of travel.
Customers are encouraged to book early to secure the best rates.
"The $1 fares go quickly, but there are many other great fares available if you book early," said Alvich. "Traveling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays is another great way customers can secure the lowest megabus.com fares."
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest city-to-city express bus service providers in North America. In addition to affordable fares, megabus.com offers customers state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, restrooms and are wheelchair accessible. Megabus.com has equipped every bus purchased since 2006 with three-point lap/shoulder seat belts, providing the top safety standard for megabus.com's 35 million passengers in more than 120 cities across North America.
Visit www.megabus.com – in English or Spanish Language – for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.
Megabus.com, one of the largest privately funded providers of city-to-city express bus transportation, maintains the highest (Satisfactory) safety compliance rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), an independent safety rating organization that provides safety ratings of more than 300,000 passenger and freight carriers, announced in January 2014 that all megabus.com carriers are TSX-approved. Megabus.com is the first carrier group to achieve TSX approval, demonstrating the most stringent safety standards in the industry.
Megabus.com is the first bus line to offer high-quality travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Megabus.com operates service to/from more than 120 major cities in North America from 14 hubs in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Texas Triangle (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio), Washington D.C. and Toronto – creating more than 1,000 new, professional jobs during the past eight years. Visit www.megabus.com for a complete list of cities served.
Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 35 million customers.
Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes.
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Megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA, one of the largest transportation companies in North America. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates nearly 30 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, motor coach tours, airport transportation services, charters and sightseeing tours.
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