“The Jet,” a new bus that travels from NYC straight to Washington, D.C., is amping up tri-state travel.
The transportation company was created during the pandemic and took its first ride this past October. It defines itself as “an all-new, first-class travel experience that combines the luxury and personal space of a private jet with the affordability and convenience of a motorcoach.”
And the amenities list on The Jet bus is pretty much endless, most notably:
- Their own specially-designed seats that feature a gel-foam base and memory-foam back, built-in tray table and pneumatic legrest, 22″ seat width, 45° recline, and six feet of legroom for stretching. They also pioneered seats with motion-canceling technology, obliterating 90 percent of bumps and vibration.
- Extremely fast and reliable free WiFi.
- An onboard attendant who will serve you in-seat.
- A rotating menu, created in the galley on every bus and utilizing local brands, chefs, breweries and distilleries.
- Complimentary wine & beer (!!)
- Fancy bathroom with extra space, luxury fittings, a touchless sink and soap dispenser, and complimentary amenities.
- Ability to book your exact seat in advance, so all you have to do is hop on board.
Ok, how much?
Of course, all of this will cost you: between $99 and $199 one-way, depending on the day and time of the trip. Still, taking a train ride on Amtrak to D.C. from Penn Station can cost the same amount, if not even more. Just looking at a random Friday-Sunday weekend journey, the pricing was between $250-350 roundtrip. And that doesn’t come with snacks!
So where does the train win out?
The one big benefit the train has that the bus just can’t compete with, however, is timing. An Amtrak Acela ride could take as little as three hours to get from NYC to D.C., while the bus can take between four and five.
Any COVID safety measures?
As for COVID safety, since the bus was being worked on during the pandemic, they were able to add some custom safety features. This includes a UV filtration system, electrostatic disinfection during cleaning, and a full six feet of socially-distanced space between rows. Also note that proof of vaccination and mask-wearing is required for all trips.
The bus picks up in Hudson Yards at 565 West 33rd St., and drops off in D.C. at 565 13th St. NW. Would you give it a try?
Check it out on TheJet.coach.