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Old 07-09-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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Yes, NJT to Trenton, Septa is often waiting across the platform in Trenton, especially at rush hour. I've taken Amtrak but it's more expensive. Megabus is cheap but you wait way out on the west side with no shelter. Greyhound & Chinatown are my last choice.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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There is no SEPTA train at Trenton. SEPTA trains only operate in Philadelphia. Their is a light rail that goes from Trenton to Camden. Than from there you can transfer to Patco train. Patco trains are like PATH trains. You know how PATH trains connect NYC with JC and Newark? PATCO does the same linking Camden NJ with Philadelphia. From PATCO trains you can connect to SEPTA line to philly. All of that would be more costly and time consuming. I would just do Greyhound for 15 dollars round trip to Philly. Greyhound stops right at downtown Philly Chinatown is right next to PATCO and SEPTA rail lines. Like NYC, Philly has heavy NJ Transit influence.
There is a SEPTA train at Trenton though.


SEPTA | Clickable Regional Rail & Rail Transit Map

https://www.septa.org/service/2016-07-modified-tre.pdf

It goes to the same train station as NJT and Amtrak in Trenton. I've done the NJT --> SEPTA connection at Trenton many times before and I highly recommend it as a cheaper alternative to Amtrak when going from NYC to Philly.
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Old 07-09-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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I would say go for the Greyhound or Megabus because I consider those two company put safety first.


Thanks, guys. Very surprised to see someone think Greyhound and Megabus are on a par with each other.


I did know about SEPTA, because I've taken that route when leaving from the Philly airport. But I thought the bus would be less stressful, not needing to change. And, to my surprise, even Greyhound appears to be quite cheap - starting around $14 one-way, though probably jumping higher as they start to sell out. I'd probably prefer Amtrak, but it looks to be considerably more expensive.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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The only problem with Megabus is that you have to stand out with no shelter at 11th Ave leaving and at 30th St in Philly returning. You can get off Megabus at 8th & Market in Philly but going home it's better to wait at 30th St if you want to be sure of getting a good seat and room in the luggage compartment if you're bringing anything bulky.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:52 PM
 
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Thanks, guys. Very surprised to see someone think Greyhound and Megabus are on a par with each other.


I did know about SEPTA, because I've taken that route when leaving from the Philly airport. But I thought the bus would be less stressful, not needing to change. And, to my surprise, even Greyhound appears to be quite cheap - starting around $14 one-way, though probably jumping higher as they start to sell out. I'd probably prefer Amtrak, but it looks to be considerably more expensive.
I personally consider Mega and Bolt to be superior to Greyhound (even though Bolt is owned by the same parent company, I know)

It can be viewed as a plus that they have indoor bus stations, but it can also be viewed as a downside because... it's Port Authority. I'd rather wait outside than have to go into Port Authority, except maybe in the rain or dead middle of Winter.

The Chinatown buses can get get pretty ghetto but Greyhound can be just as bad sometimes. I know two separate Chinatown buses that have NYC <--> Philly round trips for $20 and $15 that run every hour and you don't need a reservation. You just get on whatever time you want. They also have indoor waiting areas as well. I want to add once again as a frequent traveler between NYC to Philly/South Jersey that going through the Holland tunnel saves a lot of time.

In terms of cleanliness I would rank the buses:
Megabus --> Boltbus --> Greyhound --------> Chinatown

In terms of convenience I would say:
Chinatown ---> Mega/Bolt (tie) --> Greyhound.

In my personal experience, Greyhound and Chinatown buses have the worst customer service, but Chinatown is also much cheaper.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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There is a SEPTA train at Trenton though.


SEPTA | Clickable Regional Rail & Rail Transit Map

https://www.septa.org/service/2016-07-modified-tre.pdf

It goes to the same train station as NJT and Amtrak in Trenton. I've done the NJT --> SEPTA connection at Trenton many times before and I highly recommend it as a cheaper alternative to Amtrak when going from NYC to Philly.
I forgot about septa region rail. It's le metro North and lirr.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:42 PM
 
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When looking at bus lines, you might consider what the pickup and dropoff locations are and which ones are more convenient for you. Once I took Megabus, which stops on 34th St between 11th and 12th Ave. While it was convenient (right near 7 train), the thing I didn't like about it is that the bus stops are not protected from the elements. If it's raining, snowing, or simply just too hot and humid, you may be standing out there in a line on the street for 45 minutes in whatever that weather is.

I happened to take the bus on a very hot and humid day and I was really not happy standing out there in the blasting heat. I would have preferred Greyhound at that point, where the stops are in the actual Port Authority station.

Just one small element to think about.
This is so true and I was so cold back in March waiting at the Mega Bus stop in NYC. Plus the area is wide open which made it a lot colder and told myself I would not go back to NYC when it's not spring or summer.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:44 PM
 
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Mega Bus is the best option since it's cheaper and puts you right near the 30th street train station once you arrive in Philly.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:47 PM
 
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There is no SEPTA train at Trenton. SEPTA trains only operate in Philadelphia. Their is a light rail that goes from Trenton to Camden. Than from there you can transfer to Patco train. Patco trains are like PATH trains. You know how PATH trains connect NYC with JC and Newark? PATCO does the same linking Camden NJ with Philadelphia. From PATCO trains you can connect to SEPTA line to philly. All of that would be more costly and time consuming. I would just do Greyhound for 15 dollars round trip to Philly. Greyhound stops right at downtown Philly Chinatown is right next to PATCO and SEPTA rail lines. Like NYC, Philly has heavy NJ Transit influence.
There is a Regional Rail train that you can catch from Trenton and takes you right to 30th street Train station. The Regional Rail Train is not part of Septa but travels from Trenton to Philly. If someone wants to go to NYC by train it would be a total of $36 when you catch the Northeast Corridor from Penn station to Trenton and then from Trenton to Philadelphia.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:51 PM
 
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Yes, NJT to Trenton, Septa is often waiting across the platform in Trenton, especially at rush hour. I've taken Amtrak but it's more expensive. Megabus is cheap but you wait way out on the west side with no shelter. Greyhound & Chinatown are my last choice.
It's odd that in big cities like Philly and NYC you don't have the option to wait inside a building during the winter time when catching the Mega Bus.
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