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Friday, June 18, 2010

Atlanta has a Chinatown bus? Who knew?

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  • HORSE RUN TOUR
For young New Yorkers who are short on cash and willing to endure cramped conditions, there's no greater godsend that the Chinatown bus — the catch-all name given to more than 30 companies that operate coaches in and out of the Manhattan neighborhood, often at a ridiculously cheap fare.

Several times a day, an arguably comfortable bus picks you up in Chinatown or Midtown and then drives you to Boston or Washington, D.C. (Sometimes you can get a ticket for $10.) When some of these companies announced they came equipped with wifi service, it was easy to see why people would want to avoid high airfares and airport security lines and instead catch the bus.

So imagine my surprise when my trusted financial adviser Christa from Pecanne Log pointed me to this New York Times blog post that said one bus company, Horse Run Tour, recently added a route between Atlanta and Manhattan. Just think: For only $90, the two of us could enjoy that spontaneous Big Apple trip we've always talked about to see The Lion King On Ice! So much happiness!

The Times says the company just started its route. But according to the friendly company employee who answered the phone, it's been driving between Buford Highway and Canal Street for about eight years.

Which leads me to this question: Has anyone tried this service? If so, what's it been like? If on a Friday afternoon I decided to go to New York for the weekend, it's a helluva lot cheaper to sleep on a bus for $90 then shell out whatever crazy amount the air lines are gonna charge me for a last-minute ticket.

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