New Jersey-based express bus service Megabus is coming June 19, and you can already start booking $2 round-trips to Dallas, New Orleans and San Antonio. There will be 18 nonstop departures a day from two locations: Polk and Travis downtown, and the Eastwood Transit Center at 4400 Gulf Freeway.
Fares for all trips start at $1 and increase as the travel date approaches, so booking early is wise. To promote their arrival here, during the first week of sales (meaning right now), all tickets are going for a buck, and the company is giving away 10,000 free seats.
Megabus's fleet is reportedly plush: Some are double-deckers and they offer free WiFi and power outlets to riders. The company claims that their fleet is environmentally friendly as well.
Trips to Austin and Galveston are also available at Megabus.com, but those routes are operated by Megabus partner the Kerrville Bus Company. No free trips to those cities are being given away as part of the promotion.
But think of it: a dollar to New Orleans! That will leave you lots of extra cash to spend in that city's many museums, bookstores and edifying historical monuments!