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Old 05-20-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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Does any one know the cheapest transportation cost from Philadelphia airport to Long Island, NY or NYC ?
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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The absolute cheapest are the buses that travel between the two Chinatowns... but you will compromise your safety as the drivers tend to have lead feet.

Greyhound Home is probably the next least expensive option. In fact, I believe they have a new cut-rate service themselves. (I can't remember the name offhand.)

I'm not sure how to get to Long Island from Manhattan other than the Long Island Railroad trains. But I'm sure that there are others on the New York City forum - if not also right here - who can tell you.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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The Greyhound offshoot is www.boltbus.com. It stops on 30th Street between Market and Chestnut, so you could take the SEPTA R1 train to 30th Street Station and just walk outside. The further in advance you purchase your tickets, the cheaper the seat (which start at $1.00). Another new bus service also leaving from 30th street is megabus low cost inter city travel. It's pretty much the same deal. In both cases, unlike Greyhound the tickets are for a specific time (Greyhound tickets are for anytime on the date of the ticket). And unlike the Chinatown buses, these buses are insured.

I am going on a cruise from NYC in Sept. Since I wanted to get the $1.00 tickets, I have already purchased mine. I actually purchased 3 tickets for the return trip depending upon the time the ship gets into port. I figured I could splurge for the extra $2.00 (plus 50 cents s/h).
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:09 PM
 
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The Greyhound offshoot is www.boltbus.com. It stops on 30th Street between Market and Chestnut, so you could take the SEPTA R1 train to 30th Street Station and just walk outside. The further in advance you purchase your tickets, the cheaper the seat (which start at $1.00). Another new bus service also leaving from 30th street is megabus low cost inter city travel. It's pretty much the same deal. In both cases, unlike Greyhound the tickets are for a specific time (Greyhound tickets are for anytime on the date of the ticket). And unlike the Chinatown buses, these buses are insured.
I agree this is the best way to go but if it doesn't work out then you can stay on the airport train to market east station and then walk across the street to Greyhound. Keep the luggage to a minium and make sure it has wheels because either way there is still plenty of walking both in Philly and New York.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:50 PM
 
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In addition to BoltBus, there is also Megabus (which has essentially the exact same price structure). Both of those services have Philadelphia area stops near 30th Street Station.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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In addition to BoltBus, there is also Megabus (which has essentially the exact same price structure). Both of those services have Philadelphia area stops near 30th Street Station.
Yes, Megabus is also mentioned in my response.
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