Taking a Bus Round Trip to NY or Atlantic City from Hartford, CT - by Ahmed Hamdy Eissa

Taking a Bus Round Trip from Hartford, CT to NY city "Manhattan Port Authority" Station, (Intersection 8th Avenue & 42nd ST), or Atlantic city - Updated: November 06, 2008.


Bus ticket prices and hotel rooms prices are cheaper during the week than the week end.

From Farmington, CT to NYC (Port Auth) on May 9thy, 2002:
The best way is to take "Bonanza" bus from Farmington, CT (I-84 Exit 37). Free parking.
The same day Return Tickets: Monday through Thursday: $28.95 Round Trip. Friday through Sunday: $30.95 RT.
One Year Return Tickets: Monday through Thursday: $35.30 Round Trip. Friday through Sunday: $37.80 RT.

If you take "Peter Pan" or "Greyhound" from Hartford, CT to NYC:
The same day Return Tickets: $48. You have to pay for parking + you canít be in NYC early. It is good only if you travel late because they have Express buses start 9, 10, 11 AM with a movie. Slow buses start 1:30 AM, 6:30, 8:00 AM without a movie.
Leave NYC to Hartford: 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 with a movie.


Bonanza Bus. 1(888) 751-8800 (7 AM to 11 PM)
Bonanza 1(800) 556-3815 - (7 AM to 11 PM)
It does not go to Atlantic City. It goes from Hartford at 6:30 AM, CT to NYC, NY.
Then, take Grayhound from NYC to Atlantic City, NJ arriving the Hilton Hotel at 1:25 PM
Both Bonanza and Grayhound with the same price (ticket).

In 6/1/2000, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Round Trip ticket from Hartford, CT to NYC $33.95, One Way $18.50


In 2/20/2008, "Atlantic City CASINO FAIR" from Hartford, CT, to NYC, to Atlantic City, NJ and back:
You do not have to gamble to get the tickets and the the Casino cash back.
1) Round Trip ticket $47 Non Refundable, each person.
2) Must be from from Hartford, CT.
3) Bonanza bus leaves Hartford at 6:30 AM arriving NYC at 9:30 AM, or 8 AM to 11 AM
4) Grayhound bus leaves NYC at 10:00 AM arriving Atlantic city, NJ at 1:25 PM.
5) You have to buy the ticket 3 days in advance.
6) You get between $12 to $20 Casino cash back.

In 2/20/2008, from Hartford,CT, to NYC and back:
1) Round Trip ticket, Non Refundable, each person. 2) From Hartford, CT $48, from Farmington, CT $46. 3) Bus leaves Hartford at 6:30 AM arriving NYC at 9:30. 4) The 3rd person half price $28.

Leave Hartford at: 5 AM, 6, 7, 8, .. , Leave Farmington, CT at: 5:15 AM, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15 ... etc. Arrive NY at: 7:55 AM, 8:55, and 9:55.
Leave NY at: 4:15 PM, 5:15, 6:15, 7:30, 9:30, ... , Arrive Farmington, CT. About 3 Hours later.


Peter Pan Bus Line.

Bronx Zoo, NY (10 AM to 5 PM) - I recommend 2 or more people should drive only on Wednesdays
Free Admission only on Wednesdays. Adult $9, Child $5. + +
Peter Pan Bus line round trip from Hartford, CT (on a specific days only, twice a month).
Adult $49.95, Child (5-12 yr. old) $44.95 - that includes entrance fee.

Peter Pan Bus (Hartford 724-1397) 1 (800) 343-9999 (EX: 1255 Packages), or,
Call 1(800) 237-8747 to mail a "Vacation Planner" procure - www.peterpan-bus.com

They go to Atlantic City twice a year 5/5 and 9/26 for $229. each Tag Mahal Hotel.
Tickets are good for 365 days. Peter Pan does not stop in Farmington, CT. Only, Hartford, NY. It does not go to NJ.
Every hour on the hour from 7 AM to midnight, except the 11 PM runs Friday and Sunday only. $22. One Way, $39. Round Trip.

Bronx Zoo, NY (10 AM to 5 PM) - I recommend 2 or more people should drive only on Wednesdays
Free Admission only on Wednesdays. Adult $9, Child $5. + +
Peter Pan Bus line round trip from Hartford, CT (on a specific days only, twice a month).
Adult $49.95, Child (5-12 yr. old) $44.95 - that includes entrance fee.


Train
Taking a Train Round Trip to NY City from New Haven, CT - 5/9/98.
$10. each way per person. Parking 24 Hours $10. Train leaves each hour. A reasonable hotel rate is about $130. a night.

One way from Hartford 11:12 AM to Washington, DC 5:50 PM Special Sunday $67., regular $87. You do not change train.


Arrow Bus Lines. 1(800) 334-8776 or (860) 443-1831


Greyhound Lines.
Greyhound 1(800) 231-2222 - 9, (1 for Hartford) (to speak with an agent). www.greyhound.com

Round Trip Hartford/NY 7/23/01 Adult $42, Child (2 to 11 yrs) $21
Express Bus from Hartford to NY do not run early, 1st bus 8AM-10:45AM
One Way - Hartford/NY 7/23/01 Adult Fare $21, Child (2 to 11 yrs) $10.50
If you use Visa, It takes 10 days for mail.
If you buy the tickets earlier, there is no discount.

Greyhound goes to Atlantic City "CASINO FAIR" from Hartford only not from Farmington
Ask for "CASINO FAIR", the bus will drop you at a Casino not downtown
If you want the bus drop you at downtown, you can not buy "Casino Fair". On 4/19/05 Round Trip was $42, only on Monday through Thursday (Friday is more $). It is more on Friday through Sunday and Weekends. (Up to 3 nights / 4 days only)
No reservation needed. Do not call Peter Pan call Grayhound. Some people will tell you they no longer offer it, but they do.

Leave Hartford on 4/19/05: 6:30 Am, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12:01 PM. The only two buses that goes to the Hilton Hotel are the 6:30 AM and the 8 AM. The 8 AM has 45 minutes transfer.

Leave Atlantic City to Hartford (6 Hrs) on 4/21/05: 1:30a, 2:30a, 5:50a, 5:45a, 6:30a, 7a, 8a, 9a, 10a, 12:01p, 12:30p, 2p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7:30p, and 11:15p.

Normal fair from Hartford Round-trip $58. If you take it from Farmington the price jumps to $112:50 Round Trip.

You can buy your tickets from Hartford, 1 Union Place between 5:45a to 10:15P.

Atlantic City Packages are almost the same as paying direct to the Hotel.

Greyhound Rules of Purchasing Tickets in Advance:
1) Not during Holidays (Black Out Days). 2) Non refundable, you can change it for a fee. 3) ... etc.

3 Days in Advance: Regular Price and Campanion is free.
7 Days in Advance: One Way $ 89., Two Ways $178.
14 Days in Advance: One Way $ 69., Two Ways $138.
21 Days in Advance: Two Ways ONLY $119.


Our Trip to Atlantic City 4/19 - 4/21/05 (2 nights)

There are other cheap hotels but the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort was a good stay.

We stayed at the The Atlantic City Hilton Casino Hotel $67 x 2 = $134 + Tax $32 = $166 We do not gamble. We had a good time, swimming and good food.
Greyhound goes to Atlantic City "CASINO FARE - up to 3 nights only". Two Round Trip Tickets from Hartford $42 x 2 people = $84 - ($17 x 2 Bonus) $34 = $50
1) We left home 6:35 AM. Took the Z-Bus 6:41 AM. Arrived Hartford 7:15 AM.
2) In Hartford, we had coffee & breakfast at "Dunkin Donut" and walked to the bus/train station.
3) We took the Atlantic City Express "Grey Hound" bus to NY at 8 AM with 1 stop in New Britain. Arrived NY 10:45 AM at Gate 32.
4) We took the escalator up 1 floor, walked, took the escalator down 1 floor to Gate 80 (Hilton).
5) We took Atlantic City "Peter Pan" bus to "The Atlantic City Hilton Casino Hotel " at 11 AM. If we miss it we have to wait 1 hour to 12 PM.
6) We arrived Atlantic City at 1:30 PM.
7) The Atlantic City Hilton Casino Hotel gave us a choice: (We choose B)
A) To get a room on the 5th floor without water between 12:01 AM to 3 AM. OR,
B) To wait for a room on a higher floor with water all the time.

8) In Atlantic City use the speedy "Jitney Bus" for $1.50. It is a small bus for 18 people.
9) Take "Jitney Bus" from the hotel to the "Bus Terminal". Jitney Bus # 4 comes every 1/2 an hour. Do not wait for it. Take # 1 to "Bally's Casino" and walk 1 small block on Ohio Ave to the Bus Terminal - Gate # 9. The bus leaves Atlantic City to NY at 9 AM, 10, 12, 12:30, 2, ..etc. We took 9 AM bus.
10) We arrived to NY at 11:10 AM, Gate # 33.
11) We took the escalator up 1 floor, walked, took the escalator down 1 floor to Gate 83 (Hartford).
12) We took the Express 1 stop in New Britain "Grey Hound" bus to "Hartford" at 11:30 AM.
13) We arrived Hartford at 2:05 PM.
14) In Hartford, we had coffee at "Dunkin Donut" and walked to the Z-Bus station.
15) We took the Z-Bus at 2:35. If we miss it we have to wait more than 1 hour for the next bus.
16) We arrived home 2:45 AM.


We took Peter Pan bus from Hartford, CT 8:00 AM Express non stop to NY.
Then, we took Grey Hound, NY 11:30 AM to Atlantic City 2:19 PM.

If you ask for "CASINO FAIR" Two way ticket was $42. ($46 on weekends). 5 hours + With the ticket, you get a $ coupon. The bus has two hotel stops before the final destination the "Bus Terminal". Up on arriving to Atlantic City, the 1st stop you exchange a coupon for $16. "Sands" Hotel Coupon. The 2nd stop you exchange a coupon for $18. "Showboat" Hotel Coupon. We cashed it. Also, you get a restaurant $3. coupon. each. We used it to get coffee.
We return using a Taxi $6. + tax to the bus terminal (anywhere in Atlantic City). 9:00 AM to NY. From NY we took 11:30 AM Express to Hartford. We reached Hartford about 2:10 PM.
We stayed at the "Resort Atlantic City" 8/28 - 8/31/00 Hotel 1(800)932-0734
$99. + $2. tourist fee + 12% tax. Check in was 4:00, but we were there at 3:00. The hotel has two Towers. The Boardwalk Tower is $126.++
A Package is for 1 or 2 nights only, and it is the same cost as regular price.
A year later, on 8/8/01, I called "Resort Atlantic City" Hotel to make a reservation for 8/16, and 8/17/01, when they found out I did not gamble (did not use their card, they said the hotel is booked for all month. But when I looked on the internet, I found the hotel has available rooms every day.

On Wednesday 8/15/01, we stayed at the "Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort", 2 nights for $293 include Tax and Tourest fees. On the internet another web site showing the same hotel and the same time for $322. You should search different sites for the same date and the same hotel. On Weekends the price triple. Check in 4 PM, but we checked in at 3 PM. Indoor Pool but has a very nice large balckony for sun tan. The Hilton Bus Bonus was $13. The Hilton Bufate was $16 each, large shrimp. Taxi $6 + $1. Piking was $7 each 7 AM to 10 AM. Lagage storage in NY Bus station $2. Phone Information 411 free.


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