As demonstrated in the film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, buses are the only way to travel without having your personal space infringed by a Hollywood film crew. Ride under the sole direction of a friendly bus driver with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a same-day, round-trip bus ride to New York City (a $55 value) with Hunt Valley Motor Coach. Hunt Valley's fleet of plush conveyances conveniently shuttle busloads of East Coast excursionists from Charm City to the Big Apple. Buses depart daily from Security Park & Ride, the Alley Shops in Pikesville, Carney Park & Ride, and Mountain Road and Joppa Park & Ride in Harford County, and continue nonstop to 8th Avenue at 46th Street. Normally running four days a week, service can be booked six days a week (excluding Saturday) from November 26 to December 31, making it easy to get in some Fifth Avenue holiday shopping without having to swim the Hudson or engage in riddle battles with the Holland Tunnel's troll.
Six Google Mappers give Hunt Valley Motor Coach an average of three stars:
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The roots of Hunt Valley Motor Coach's family tree spring from two buses. In 1985, Edward Royston only had a pair of vehicles to his name, and a mission to make the traveling process a highlight of his clients' vacations. His fleet soon grew to 11 buses, and more still when the company joined with Gunther Charters, a business known for its memorable package tours. Today, Edward's emphasis on personality prevails at every step of the booking process, from online or phone conversations with the small sales team—where Gunther Charters founders Marty and Laurie Gunther still field calls—to greetings from each jovial driver.
From its Baltimore base, the company plans convenient round trips and tours to a variety of locales. Its daylong jaunts to Atlantic City deposit riders at the casinos and boardwalk, and excursions to New York launch days full of seasonal shopping and sightseeing. Thanks to locked and guarded storage, passengers are even encouraged to leave their laptops and other bulky possessions on the bus during their daylong excursions.
Themed tours ferry passengers to states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Tennessee for overnight stays and guided explorations of local sites. The New Orleans tour, for example, leads groups through historic cemeteries and the botanical garden, and a holiday tour of Newport mansions showcases the intricate decorations and reindeer butlers of three resplendent homes.
Tips from Groupon Customers
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“Great trouble-free getaway for those who want a guaranteed relaxing and reliable transport to NY. You are dropped off in a location convenient to favorite attractions...”
“Great trouble-free getaway for those who want a guaranteed relaxing and reliable transport to NY. You are dropped off in a location convenient to favorite attractions and the bus driver was very personable and accommodating. ”