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Megabus Secrets: Everything You Need to Know About Budget Bus Travel

You’ve seen the ads: “Low-cost bus tickets from $1.” It sounds too good to be true. Can you really travel from New York to Atlanta or Dallas to Memphis for less than the cost of a subway fare? The answer is yes, with a few caveats. Megabus’s ultra-cheap fares are real, but it takes some know-how to snag them.

From finding rock-bottom ticket prices to the ins-and-outs of riding, here’s what you need to know about traveling on Megabus.

1. The $1 tickets are real, but rare

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megabus $1 fares on Megabus are available, but you need to book quickly to get them. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Cheap fares are Megabus’s calling card, but scoring one of those fabled one-buck tickets takes a little work. Each bus has at least one $1 seat, but you need to act fast to get it. “Megabus.com typically only sells a very limited number of $1.00 tickets per trip to the first or initial customers that purchase a ticket for that trip,” notes the company website. Last-minute travelers will shell out considerably more for their budget bus travel. All travelers must also pay a $2.50 booking fee.

Next: Knowing when to book

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