Anyone seeking a fun day at a gaming hotel close to New York City or Boston can take advantage of discount buses for as little as $1 each way (typically $10 to $35, depending on the day of the month, the day of the week and time of day) plus a 50 cents booking charge.
New Jersey Transit, as well as the MVP buses (operated as “Goto Bus” on the Internet), Megabus and Greyhound Lucky Streak have service to big Atlantic City hotels as well as the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. and Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn.
The cheapest fare is on Megabus because it is giving away 100,000 free tickets for travel lately to anywhere on its routes. The promo code to use when making a reservation online or on the phone is “GETAWAY.” There is the standard 50-cent charge for the reservation.
How Megabus Works
Customers make and pay for a reservation online in advance. They can simply appear at the bus departure spot but they will be out of luck if the bus is full. Anyone can change a reservation as long as they make the change more than 24 hours before the first ride they reserved is scheduled to depart. If a subsequent reservation turns out less expensive than the initial reservation, no payment or further credit will be made to the customer and all unused credit is forfeited.
Also offering service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to Atlantic City is NJ Transit. Seniors pay less than half fare – $12.75 each way. The trip is 2 hours and 35 minutes long. Another choice from the Port Authority is Greyhound’s Lucky Streak bus, which charges $25 each way.
Academy and Goto Buses
According to Casino Online Canada website, Academy buses also go directly to the big Atlantic City casino hotels as well as the Mohegan Sun and pick passengers up both at the Port Authority, at 85th Street Candy, located at 219 E. 85th St., and at several locations in New Jersey. Fares begin at $25 each way. Various casinos offer package deals on Academy that provide cash, dining and slot credits.
Train to Atlantic City, Boston Buses to Mohegan
For a bit more luxury, Amtrak runs Aces, its double-decker train, from Penn Station to Atlantic City with fares from $29 – $39 round trip. And gamblers in the Boston and nearby towns can take a Sunshine bus to Mohegan Sun from for $15-$17 each way, sold round trip only with coupons that can be redeemed at the casino. Finally, Foxwoods in Connecticut is easy to reach via bus from Hartford and Stamford, Conn., with Peter Pan and Greyhound offering service for $30.13 each way when purchased online.
Summing up, there are numerous inexpensive ways to go gambling without driving. Megabus and other cheap buses also travel to other popular destinations.
Travel Tips for First-Time Tourists in New York City
New York will fill your itinerary, empty your pocketbook, and create memories for a lifetime. It is one of the world’s great cities, and in order to get the most out of it good planning is a must.
New York City (or NYC) boasts some of the most iconic American landmarks in the country, and visitors hoping to see it all have learned through experience that they usually don’t (unless they stay for a month).
NYC is the most populated city in the United States, boasts many of America’s cultural and popular landmarks, and is an absolute magnet for tourists. NYCgo.com reported this year that 45.6 million people visited NYC in 2009, spending $28.2 billion. So if you decide to take in NYC, you certainly won’t be alone. Tourists flock to NYC from all over the world, and the city is busy throughout the year. With this in mind, it can be intimidating for first-time travelers to brave the city where hot dogs are a religion and a trip in a taxi is akin to taking an amusement park ride. For all the first-timers, here are five tips for getting the most out of their trip to NYC:
Research, then plan for your New York City experience
From iconic landmarks to clubs, museums to shopping, NYC offers more to do than most people can cram into one trip. Plan appropriately, read about your favorite places and learn about ticket prices, how to get to your locations, and expected wait times once you get there. Many people plan to do six things a day, get to the Empire State Building, get stuck in a three-hour line, and their whole itinerary is shot. Go armed with a good plan and be realistic about what you hope to accomplish each day.
Wear comfortable shoes; New York is a walking city
Regardless of your itinerary, and even if you take cabs, it’s almost impossible to avoid spending a ton of time on your feet in NYC. Waiting in long lines, walking from location to location, and navigating through museums and tours can take quite a toll on your feet. Bring comfortable shoes or your feet will pay a hefty price.
Avoid lines by considering alternatives to New York City landmarks
The Empire State Building is a truly remarkable structure, and for many, going up to the observation deck of this NYC landmark is a highlight of their trip. For this reason, the lines at the Empire State Building (ESB) are absolutely insane. Unless you get there early in the morning, or unless you get extremely lucky (especially in summer), expect to wait. If you don’t have time to wait for the ESB lines to move, consider going to the top of Rockefeller Center instead. The Top of the Rock offers views that are as good as (if not better) than the ESB, and the lines are usually a fraction of what the ESB usually sees. Seventy floors up, the view from the Top of the Rock is stunning; you can see in all directions, including clear across Central Park, and the staff is excellent. If the ESB is not in the cards, consider Top of the Rock; you won’t be disappointed. You can even do an NBC studio tour in the same building.
Other NYC landmarks pose the same problem, so always consider your alternatives and plan accordingly.
Try something that is not typically “touristy”
New York offers unique opportunities to see things that you won’t see anywhere else. Consider a Gospel tour in Harlem to hear some of the finest gospel music in the world; take the Staten Island ferry for a unique (and free) view of New York; have breakfast at the Seinfeld restaurant and shop in some of the local stores; take a cycling tour of the city; try the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl if it interests you. Outside of the tried and true tourist traditions, there is a huge city to get lost in, and a rich, unique history to explore.
Experience some of New York’s finest restaurants for less
NYC is one of the greatest cities for finding food in the world. Whatever your budget may be, there are places in NYC to suit you. Should you decide to splurge and try out some of NYC’s top dining rooms, consider going out for lunch instead of dinner. The excellent French restaurant, Jean Georges, offers a prix fixe lunch that is less than $25 in 2010; this is much less expensive than their dinner menu. Other NYC restaurants offer similar opportunities, so don’t be afraid to try some of the world’s best cuisine for lunch; it might give you the opportunity to try unique dining experiences that you might not otherwise try.