LimoLiner: Luxury Bus from City to City
By Emily Johnson
Luxury shuttle service LimoLiner offers trips to Midtown Manhattan, Boston’s Back Bay and Framingham, Massachusetts, for travelers who are tired of cramped buses and long car
rides. This is not your father's Greyhound bus. It's part of a new trend that has made bus travel much nicer and more comfortable as fewer and fewer travelers are opting to drive their own cars.
Attendants serve drinks and meals, as well as offering different means of entertainment like movies, television, and Sirius radio. LimoLiner provides travelers with the comfortable and spacious accommodations for the long journey that trump any other bus service.
During my trip from Framingham to New York City, I was served a delicious pesto tortellini meal. On the ride from New York City to Boston, I ate eggplant parmesan. Attendants offer a hot meal, cold meal, vegetarian meal, or salad with meat, as well as a selection of drinks like soda, coffee, water, or wine after 6 p.m.
Both attendants were hospitable, friendly and helpful, creating a comfortable space for all of the travelers, who were a range of ages from young children to elderly people.
The bus was reliable and arrived on time at all three locations. There is a group of attendants on the bus to help with any of the passengers' needs. The bus also includes a bathroom for its travelers.
Aside from the professional staff and great food options, Julie from Boston described the many accommodations of the bus. "I can work at a table in back with free Wifi or just relax and watch whatever movie they're showing," she said.
Ken from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, said that "there are not enough stars to give this company."
Indeed the bus was ideal for the four hours-long trip. With the comfortable reclining chairs, I was able to sleep before reaching my destination.
Other Traveler's Reviews
We went to TripAdvisor to see what other travelers have said about LimoLiner. A mom from Tampa Florida complained that the company doesn’t offer any discounts for kids—“even on a 3/4 empty bus a few hours before departure. Even Amtrak discounts kids seats!” she said.
A man from Reading, Mass raved about the service. “I fly a lot and the service and staff were far away above and beyond what I experience regularly on planes.” In my experience, the staff really took care of the passengers, which is rare in this day and age.
But a London based traveler had another beef. She wanted a table seat but the layout of the bus has some tables and some seats without. Apparently there are different busses used, and they’re not all as swank as the model that I took, pictured on the website.
Food is What Makes Happy
Again and again, the food on the LimoLiner is what makes the travelers happy. “We were served lasagna and some snacks. This was so much better than the train, not even comparable!”
“The stuffed capsicum with zucchini and Mexican rice was delicious.”
The downside, again and again, in reviews, is that traffic jams slow down the bus unlike a plane or a train. The company sends out text messages when the buses are going to be late, and despite the comforts, as a traveler you’re still at the mercy of the road.
Another reviewer said, "the major downside is the motion. Not just from rough roads (though that contributes), but from swaying, lurching, etc., even on the open highway. This also means that dinner slides all over the place, and you have to hold on to your glass/bottle/can if you don't use the cup holder. The ride is too unstable for working or reading comfortably; it made me nauseous after working on my laptop for a while. Amtrak is much better in this way."
A one-way trip is $89, and roundtrip is $178. Consider skipping out on crowded buses and treating yourself on your next venture to the city! Visit Limoliner.com for more details.
Emily Johnson is a journalist from Burlington, Mass who has lived in Seville, Spain, and Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and hopes to continue her travels around the world.