(Closed) Pitt to Philly– Megabus or Amtrak?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Amtrak or Megabus
    Amtrak- worth $141 to travel : (16 votes)
    70 %
    Megabus- cheap out at $97 : (7 votes)
    30 %
    Other- Posted below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    116 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I am from the Philly area and went to college at Pitt. I’ve done driving, Megabus, Greyhound, Amtrak, and Southwest! 

    I’d say the train is probably more relaxing, more room in your seat and a nicer view, since you’re not on the turnpike the whole time. However, the train takes a lot longer (I think about 8 hours vs. 6 hours on a bus) and i believe only runs once a day. If you’re traveling just for the weekend, I’d take Megabus. If you have time to spare and a flexible schedule, I’d do the train.

    Post # 4
    953 posts
    Busy bee

    @pinotgrigio:  I’d say the train is probably more relaxing, more room in your seat and a nicer view

    This is why taking the train is my preferred way to travel. 😉

    @jpalm13:  I definitely think the $40 is worth it!

    Post # 5
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Amtrak is 100% the way to go IMO. I have heard entirely too many nightmare stories about Megabus. I’d much rather spend the extra $40 and longer trip over, you know, crashing into an overpass, being on a bus that catches fire, being stuck with a driver who gets lost not once, not twice, but three times in one trip, and a driver who continued over 10 miles on a blown tire, despite a bus load of customers telling him the back of the bus was tilted and they could hear the metal on the road. 

    Post # 7
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @jpalm13:  Those are just stories that happened to people I know. Not sure if they all made the news or not, but enough to deter me nonetheless! Hopefully amtrak will get back to you!!!

    Post # 9
    241 posts
    Helper bee

    Definitely Amtrak! I wish I never had to fly even I love the train it’s so nice. I don’t like the bus, too stressful. Have you signed up for Amtrak rewards? You get free tickets after x amount of trips! 

    Post # 11
    7358 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Amtrak seems to have a lot more delays and mechanical problems than the bus does, so I’d go on the bus. No point in spending extra money on the theory that it will be more relaxing just to end up on a broken-down train.

    Post # 12
    2945 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve had nightmare stories with Amtrack (it took us 12 hours to do what we could have done by car in 6, not including the 8 hour delay it took for the train to get there) 

    I liked taking the train (and might do it more if I lived on the east coast where they are slightly more reliable than the midwest) But I normally am more focused on getting to my destination than the travel experience.  If getting there in a reasonable time is the prioity, mega bus.  If the experience getting to there is important, train.

    I see you booked the train now.  Hope it goes well!

    Post # 15
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I’m biased because my stepdad works for Amtrak and I have ridden trains extensively.  Since I get car/bus sick I would choose the train every time.  It’s comfier, you can plug in your laptop in certain cars, and depending on the stretch and time of year, I can usually get a row of seats to myself.

    Post # 16
    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    I adore trains. ADORE. I’ve been across the country four times on Amtrak — once on the Southwest Chief, three times on the Empire Builder. I’ve done overnights on the Crescent eight times, the City of New Orleans four times and Coast Starlight once. I’ve also ridden on some more local trains in the Northeast: Empire Service, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone, Silver Service. I’ve been delayed a few times — sometimes extremely delayed — but the workers on the train are always extremely kind and professional. Whenever my husband and I travel on the train, we get a roomette, and when I rode with my parents and sister, we had the bedroom suite, but I’ve been in coach for shorter trips and when with friends or alone. It’s very comfortable and I love being able to get up and walk around whenever I want.

    My husband and I are leaving for our honeymoon in 24 days and one of the biggest things I’m looking forward to is our overnight train trip from Oslo to Bodo because fuck yeah trains.

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