The Old School commuter bus services have undergone a facelift and let’s just say this face is looking pretty sweet. Long lines, expensive airfares, increased TSA security fees and the reclining seat drama (read about Knee Defender United Spat) has primed this transportation mode for a glorious come back. I had a lovely chat with Fox Business Gerri Wilson to see what makes the Executive Bus Coach the sweetest ride on the road. Here’s the details: PRICEY AIRFARE HAS TRAVELLERS TAKING A DIFFERENT ROUTE: The new TSA Security fee has increased by up to 60% from $5 roundtrip to $11.20 roundtrip so consumers are looking for alternative ways to travel. The old fashion commuter Bus is making a come back with newly designed layout & features that cater to a savvy & busy business traveler. BUSINESS SAVVY AMENITIES: Some Amenities include free wifi, ample leg room & space, workspace tables, televisions, satellite radio, power outlets, cup holders, reclining seats, and even seat food & beverage & snacks service.  One bus line even has a conference room! DO THEY HIT ALL THE MAJOR CITIES?: These types of bus services are not offered in all cities due to distances, but in several major commuter cities such as NYC to Boston, Dallas to Austin, LA to Vegas, and NYC to DC
Interior of Royal Sprinter
Interior of Royal Sprinter
  WHICH COMPANIES ARE THE EXECUTIVE BUS ALL-STARS?: VonLane This service runs between Dallas to Austin and is priced around $100 one way. It is hailed as one of the pioneers of the new standard in Executive Bus services and comes equipped with complimentary wifi, work desks and even features a 6-seat conference room! RoyalSprinter Is the brain child of restaurateur Andy Seligman, where he redesigned an 8 passenger Mercedes-Benz Vans. It features staggered seating so that each commuter has their own mini workspace with reclining chair & cup holder.  At $90 for a one way the route from NYC to DC is competitively priced with Amtrak’s off-peak one way fare of $84 and much less than the cheapest airline coach one way of $160 (airfare & cab to JFK) and $375 for first class Acela express seat. LimoLiner LimoLiner promises to remove the strain and stress from commuter travel by providing wifi that works, outlets at each seat, clean restrooms, reclining leather seats, satellite tv, blankets and pillows and even complimentary wine on the evening commute. Commute from NYC to Boston starts from $69 one way.  I would have loved this on a recent bus ride to Boston which left me tired, bored, hot, and without cell service or wifi for 4 hours. I am looking forward to testing these alternatives on my next trip between big cities…  What are your thoughts?   Happy Travels! For more travel tales & tips be sure to follow Cecile on Twitter @CecileRaubs and Facebook and Instagram and Google+