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Megabus to offer cheap fares from Burbank to Bay Area

Service to the Bay Area will offer early-bird discounts to travelers.

August 13, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Travelers looking to get out of town on a budget can now head up to the Bay Area from Burbank for as low as $1.

Starting Thursday, Megabus, an express bus service known for its low fares, will offer six trips daily to San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland from the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station, located at 201 N. Front St.

“With gas prices continually rising, California residents are looking for ways to stretch their dollars even further,” said Megabus spokesman Mike Alvich, in a statement. The service is available in eight California cities. “The cost of travel shouldn’t be a barrier to visiting the people and places that matter most.”

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Limited $1 tickets are available for each trip, but the trick is to book early, with Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays typically offering the lowest rates, Alvich said.

As the travel date gets closer, the cost goes up. But tickets are still available to depart tomorrow, with one-way ticket prices ranging from $34 to $41.

The double-decker buses, which can carry up to 77 travelers, are equipped with free Wi-Fi, power outlets and reclining seats, Alvich said.

From Burbank, the trips take between six and seven hours depending on the destination.

Launched seven years ago in Chicago, Megabus has carried 28 million people through roughly 100 cities. For more information, visit megabus.com.

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