Pimp My Bus Ride: Hip Intercity Motor Coaches

Goodbye, malodorous passengers. Hello, free wi-fi. The new, hip intercity motor coaches

David Bowman for Time

Inside a MegaBus headed from Minneapolis to Madison, Wis.

I can count on one hand the number of times I have traveled between cities on a bus. And let's just say that when I think back on those hulking motor coaches--from sullen rides to sleepaway camp to a terrifyingly fast tour abroad with an unpleasant-smelling driver--none of the memories are very nice. So when my ultra-cool 29-year-old cousin started raving about her regular bus trips from New York City to Philadelphia, where her fiancé is in grad school, I figured maybe it was time to review my old bias.

Turns out that bus travel, at least in the Northeast and...

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