Explore outside Pa. with affordable bus options

Living on a college budget, your best bet when it comes to travel may be in the form of a double-decker.

Planes, trains and automobiles may be the fastest, or more comfortable, way of traveling across state lines but for those of us living on a college budget, our best bet when it comes to travel may be in the form of a double-decker.

With fares as low as $1 – if reservations are made far enough in advance – companies like Megabus and BoltBus throw students a bone when it comes time to leave the Keystone State.

Here are some locations you can get to via either of the two services.

New York City

Only a two-hour bus ride away NYC is a perfect destination for a day trip, especially with spring break less than a week away.

Once you get to the city, pay $10 to buy a  MetroCard – unlike Philadelphia, New York has long left the world of tokens behind – and receive a 70-cent bonus, which should get you five one-way trips.


For those students looking to add some more stamps to their passports, Megabus offers service to Canada for as low as $35 each way, if you have enough foresight to book your trip a month in advance.

A quick online search can bring up hostels with rates as low as $20 a night for shared or private rooms.

The Toronto Transit Commission offers a variety ways to get around with bus, subways and streetcar routes expanding all throughout the city. Fares run between two – three dollars.

Washington, D.C.

Only a three-hour bus ride away, Megabus makes the nation’s capitol good for a day or weekend trip. Whether it be for White House tour, sight seeing with an abundance of memorials and monuments or checking out Museums, D.C. has something for everyone.

The “Metro” is how to get around once there. Fares depend on a variety of factors such as whether or not you’re traveling during peak hours, method of payment and destination.

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