For months I have been threatening to switch from Megbus to Amtrak for my frequent trips from Philadelphia to Washington. In the end, I always ended up booking with Megabus because tickets were always significantly cheaper. But after my Greyhound experience last month, I booked Amtrak this time. And I may not look back…
Megabus was $21 and Amtrak was $35, so it was hardly a choice this time. The train departed from Philadelphia 10 minutes late and arrived into Washington 10 minutes late, but it took less than two hours to get to Washington Union (versus a tad over three on Megabus), the seat was comfortable, the train was not crowded, and I even had some lunch–an Italian panini–
For $8, it was a terrible deal, but it looked better than the breakfast sandwich or cheeseburger and I wanted something hot.
The internet was working on Amtrak…sort of. On my last several trips it has worked much better than yesterday. The speed was very poor–I could not even purchase a ticket from United.com (it would time out, which is a good way to put a revenue ticket on 3-day courtesy hold…) but at least I could read and answer e-mail.
The true test of my “conversion” will be the return trip on Monday, which I have not purchased yet. Will I fork out the $50-70 for an Amtrak ticket or buy the $17 Megabus ticket? I have to say, I am leaning toward Amtrak though I won’t decide until Monday. Not only is Amtrak a more civilized experience, but it was even restful–I could not believe how fast those two hours flew by.