The best way to ride a bike in NYC is to ride your bike in NYC. Now, how do you get your bike into the big city? Unless you’ve got a folding bike, buy a bus ticket. Below is a list of bus lines from various points on the east coast.
Greyhound: [Most US States and Canada > NYC]
Bikes are free, must be in a canvas bag. You can catch a Greyhound bus almost anywhere in the United States. I took a Greyhond bus from Louisville, KY to NYC with my bike. It took forever, but it’s tolerable.
Transbridge: [Lehigh Valley, PA > NYC]
Bikes are $7, must sign a waiver. [Details]
Bieber Tour Ways: [Lehigh Valley, PA > NYC]
Bikes subject to $5 fee, front wheel removal.
Martz Trailways: [Northeast PA > NYC]
Bike are free, but must be in a canvas bag.
Peter Pan Bus: [CT, NH, DE, MA, MD, RI > NYC]
Bikes are free on a “space-available basis.” Must be packed in canvas bag. [Details]
Vamoose Bus: [MD, VA > NYC]
Bikes are free, but Vamoose not liable to damages. [Details]
DC to NY: [Wash. D.C. > NYC]
Bikes are free, but subject to available baggage space. [Details]
Adirondack Trailways, Pine Hill Trailways, and New York Trailways: [Upstate NY and Canada > NYC]
Bikes must be bagged, $20 fee. [Details]
Tips for your bus ride to NYC with your bike
Pack water and some emergency food. Buses break down, and sometimes you can be standing on the side of the road for a few hours. You’ll want food and water for situations like that.
If riding on a China Town bus, bring a cable lock, and lock your bike to the bus frame in the baggage area.
Most buses have a bathroom. Use it. Just hold your breath, go in, don’t touch anything, and get out.
Be nice. Don’t listen to your music super loud. Don’t gab on your cell phone. Keep to yourself. You’ll only be on the bus or train for a few hours and then it’s time for bike adventures in NYC.