Skip the stress of flying with these luxury bus lines

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As travelers scramble to find the best flight deals amid rising prices, there’s a new player on the scene that you might not have thought of: luxury bus lines. Flights are notorious for cutting travel time drastically, but when you factor in the time to get to the airport, check in your bags, go through security, wait for your flight, and then sit on the tarmac for an open runway, it’s already done hours before you’ve even taken off (and that’s with no cancellations or flight disruptions).

With arrival times 15 minutes before departure, seats that are wider and more reclined than the airlines, and the promise of no crowds at airports, traveling by bus isn’t what it used to be.

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As the New York Times wrote this week, these companies “are betting that Americans will abandon the image of the rumbling, cramped bus as transportation of last resort for the cash-strapped and embrace long-distance coach travel. -mails”. There are more and more companies promising luxury overnight accommodations and restful sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed when you reach your destination.

Discover 4 luxury bus lines below:

The jet

  • Itinerary: New York City (near Hudson Yards) to Washington DC (near Metro Center) and back
  • Departure days: 6 days a week, every day except Tuesday
  • Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Cost: from $99 one way

This luxury coach was designed to mimic a private jet. With “motion-cancellation seats” made from a gel foam base and memory foam back, these 22-inch seats will put you to sleep with their 135-degree recline. Or take advantage of high-speed Wi-Fi to stream your own entertainment.

Seating up to 14 passengers, rows are spaced 6 inches apart to provide plenty of legroom, and the vehicle fits a bathroom meant to look like a luxury hotel instead of an airplane. Although the coach is equipped to serve meals in place with a menu, it is not yet operational. However, beer and wine are served free of charge. Two checked bags and two carry-on bags are allowed, but to keep the noise as quiet as possible, children under six are not permitted.

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Packages starting at just $10 per week

napaway

  • Itinerary: Washington DC to Nashville (via Knoxville) and back
  • Departure days: Departs from Washington on Friday at 10 p.m. and from Nashville on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Additional hours are added in November and December on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Duration: 10-12 hours (depending on departure city)
  • Cost: from $125

The only fully reclining sleeper bus in the country, this coach offers what they call “private suites” for 18 passengers. Each person has two seats that form a bed when folded together, and a memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort, without people under 6’4” toppling over. Suites come with two desks and a nap kit with things to help you nap, which includes blankets, pillows, and a sleep mask. Each suite is equipped with power outlets, two desks and ample space to work or sleep.

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The coach is also equipped with an airplane-style bathroom. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own food on board (as long as it isn’t spicy to neighbors) and take advantage of high-speed Wi-Fi with 24/7 entertainment. Two checked bags are included, and it’s $25 for any additional pieces after that. You can also board anything you can carry that fits in your personal suite or backpack-sized overhead.

More information about Napaway

Vonlane

  • Itinerary: several service routes in Texas with destinations such as Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio; as well as Atlanta to Nashville and back.
  • Departure days: Daily, with peak days offering 4 or 8 departure times each day
  • Duration: multiple durations between cities
  • Cost: rates range from $99 to $119

Vonlane was designed for business travelers and looks more like a luxury train than a bus. Its 22 places also offer limited face-to-face seating and the possibility of adding a tray table to encourage work collaboration between colleagues. The 20-inch leather seats recline up to 140 degrees for resting with the provided noise canceling headphones or enjoying satellite TV.

Free snacks and drinks are served, with beer, wine and spirits sold separately, and some destinations offer free sandwiches, salads and wraps. You are allowed two bags under 50 pounds and one carry-on that can be stowed in the overhead bin. You don’t have to worry about leaving your pup at home as they allow a small dog under 10 pounds in a carrying case.

More information about Vonlane

red trainer

  • Itinerary: Several destinations in Texas and Florida. Florida destinations include Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa, Tallahassee, Gainsville and West Palm Beach. Texas destinations include Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Richardson, Katy and College Station.
  • Departure days: Daily scheduled bus services
  • Duration: 4-4.5 hours from Miami Airport to Orlando; approximately 3 hours from Dallas to Austin; between 3 hours 45 minutes and 7 hours 30 minutes from Dallas to Houston, depending on time of day.
  • Cost: Depending on the route, bus tickets in Red Coach First Class and Red Coach Business range from $19.00 to $129.00

Like airlines, Red Coach offers three different classes, which determines the size of the coach. First class has 27 seats (21-inch-wide seats), Business class with 38 seats (18-inch-wide seats), and Economy class with 56 seats (16-inch-wide seats that don’t recline) . This more affordable option offers comfortable seats that recline up to 140 degrees with Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment. Passengers are allowed 2 checked bags plus one piece of hand luggage free of charge.

More information about Red Coach

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Image courtesy of: Red Coach

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