PHILADELPHIA, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- From $1, megabus.com, a city-to-city, express bus company will greatly expand daily service to and from Philadelphia – a second Northeast hub – on July 21. Philadelphia residents can now travel to Atlantic City, N.J.; Baltimore; Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Penn.; Pittsburgh; State College, Penn.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Toronto. Five more trips have been added to the existing Philadelphia to Washington route, increasing departures to approximately every two hours. Customers may begin booking travel today at www.megabus.com for July 21 and beyond.
Megabus.com will offer 29 daily departures from its arrival and departure location on the south side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, near North 30th Street and the west entrance to the 30th Street Station.
To celebrate this major service expansion, megabus.com is offering 10,000 free seats for travel July 21 and beyond. The free seats will be available on megabus.com departures to and from the nine Philadelphia expansion cities and Washington. Customers will need to use the promo code LUVPHL when booking their tickets via www.megabus.com (subject to availability on select dates, routes).
"Popularity in bus travel continues to rise as travelers search for economical options and quality service," said Dale Moser, president and COO of megabus.com. "The great travel values offered by megabus.com provide a real opportunity for Philadelphia residents to travel frequently and do more at their final destinations; catch a game, visit friends and family, take an inexpensive working business trip or plan weekend getaways."
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and has served more than 5 million travelers. In addition to low fares, megabus.com offers customers high-value including environmentally-friendly, 81-seat double-decker buses, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and restrooms. Customers are encouraged to book early to secure fares from $1.
"We are thrilled megabus.com continues to find success in this region and has selected Philadelphia as their second Northeast hub," said Jack Ferguson, executive vice president/incoming president, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. "These new routes will definitely be of interest to travelers who have been looking for easy and cost-effective ways to explore this part of the United States. Philadelphia will become a hub-and-spoke city for travelers to start and end their holidays and vacations while exploring the Northeast."
"Additional megabus.com service adds to the accessibility of the Greater Philadelphia region—a destination that is within a five-hour ride for 25 percent of the U.S. population," said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. "The affordability of megabus.com makes it a popular mode of transportation, especially for young, tech-savvy travelers. And, with pick-up and drop-off located downtown at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, travelers have easy access to other transportation systems including Amtrak and SEPTA, or a close walk to University City and Center City."
Visit www.megabus.com for additional information about service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.
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Megabus.com is the first intercity, express bus line dedicated to bringing high-quality, low-cost travel options to 19 Midwest cities and 14 Northeast cities for as low as $1 via the Internet. Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes. Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 5 million travelers. Northeast cities now served by megabus.com include: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Harrisburg, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rochester, State College, Syracuse, Toronto and Washington D.C. Midwest cities now served by megabus.com include: Ann Arbor, Bloomington-Normal, Chicago, Champaign, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Iowa City, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Toledo. Visit www.megabus.com for additional service routes to and from the listed cities.
Chicago-based megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA. Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA owns and operates more than 20 local companies in North America, some that have been in business for more than 70 years, which operate scheduled bus routes, airport transportation, motor coach tours, charters and city sightseeing tours.