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Alternative Options than Amtrak for GAP Trip

Could anyone let me know if there's a cheaper option than Amtrak for the return trip of GAP bike tour, please? The ticket for Amtrak including roll-on service is $71. I'm thinking about using Megabus, which costs only about $25, but the catch is that the bike has to be boxed and cannot exceed a combined length of length, width, and height of 62 inch. I think the size limitation would require boxing the wheels and frame separately, as well as removal of seatpost, handlebar, and pedals.
2016-06-26 20:15:18
Do a round trip. Why turn a bike trip into a motor vehicle trip?
2016-06-26 20:30:36
It's hard to get DC to Pgh for less than $71. Once I used the ride share on Pgh Craigslist to get a ride - there's a share of folks who work in DC during the week, then Thursday or Friday afternoon they drive back to Pgh. You're looking for a ride share with a bike rack. Still will prob cost $50. (The folks leaving Dc on Thursday afternoon usually Work From Home on Friday, so they're in place at the end of the Friday workday)
2016-06-26 21:50:44
@Mick: I would, but I couldn't spare 11 days just yet. I think I'll do the round trip after I graduate in fall. @Vannevar: Thanks for the info. That sounds like an option, too.
2016-06-27 07:43:10
Do you have your own car? Maybe you could get a friend to drive your car down and pick you up? We did this last year where drove down to DC with a friend and all our gear, hung out with them for a night and then they drove our car back to PGH while we biked the trails back. Between gas and tolls and compensating your friend with a nice dinner or something, it might not be cheaper but it may be easier, quicker, more fun, etc.
2016-06-27 09:56:35 says you can ship your bike there for $33. And a bus ticket on Greyhound is $28, less on Megabus. So that would save money, assuming you could make the shipping / picking up your bike work.
2016-06-27 10:14:34
But do they mean on like inside the bus?
2016-06-27 18:21:50
From Megabus website: Q: Can I take my bicycles, skis, snowboards, golf clubs, or musical instruments on board the bus? A: Unfortunately buses are unable to carry these items unless they are in a case that does not exceed the dimensions stated in the luggage policy. For guidance, this must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height) and should not weigh more than 50 pounds. cannot store these items out of a case due to the potential for damage to other customers' luggage. Comment: I believe the only way for a full size bike to meet Megabus' policy is to break it down to two boxes: one for the frame and fork, and the other one for the wheels. You could potentially get a full size box from bike shops, and cut it into two boxes for this purpose.
2016-06-27 19:06:27
I don't think megabus really works for bikes.
2016-06-28 07:53:50
If you are going solo, you won't find anything better than the convenience to cost ratio of Amtrak. If you are going with a few friends, rent a van one way to Reagan International. There is a bike path nearby.
2016-06-28 08:04:36