CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Express bus service provider Megabus will launch new nonstop routes from Chattanooga to Nashville, Knoxville, or Atlanta next month. Fares booked in advance are as low as $1 each way. The bus leaves from the South Terrace Plaza Shopping Center off of I-24.
The city-to-city express bus company is already popular in the midwest and the northeast. In addition to routes from Chattanooga, Megabus will have a hub in Atlanta which will connect travelers to other cities like Birmingham; Charlotte; Gainesville, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando; Memphis; Mobile; and Montgomery for as low as $1.
A search by Channel 3 Eyewitness News found many nonstop trips from Chattanooga for $1 each way. For example, a passenger can travel one-way to Atlanta for $1 and then one-way from Atlanta to Orlando for another $1. The total one-way price would be $2 per passenger from Chattanooga to Orlando via Atlanta. The return trip would be another $2.
Customers are encouraged to book early to secure $1 fares. Fares always start as low as $1 and get higher as the traveling date gets closer. Same-day fares top out around $20-$30 one way.
Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest intercity express bus service providers in North America, transporting more than 13 million travelers, according to the company website. In addition to affordable fares, megabus.com offers customers free Wi-Fi, power outlets and restrooms.
Service will begin Nov. 16 and customers can begin booking travel today at www.megabus.com.