New bus service targets Texas business travelers

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Business travelers looking to cut out the hassles at the airports will soon have a new option.

Starting next month, Vonlane Executive Motor Coach Service will start offering swanky rides to and from Dallas.

The city’s demographer says in 2011 alone, nearly 2,000 people moved from Dallas to Austin, and thousands more commute back and forth every day.

Vonlane will begin offering four departures every day to Dallas starting May 5 in a motor coach offering first-class amenities. Their goal is to save business travelers the hassle at the airport, while allowing them to get work done on board.

During peak hours, the three hour drive from Austin to Dallas is often estimated to take at least an hour longer.

According to a recent transportation study by Megabus.com, part of the reason more people are hopping on board buses is to save some time, and cash.

Dane Reese travels back and forth to Dallas every week and says Vonlane is a service he’d check out.

“It’s kind of exhausting to drive,” Reese said. “Then the downside to flying is you have to get to the airport. It takes me 45 minutes to get to the airport from my house.”

The new Vonlane bus costs $100 one way.

Comparing the costs:
travel optionsPurchasing a ticket April 25 on Megabus for a May 2 departure runs between $12 and $25. For a Greyhound bus to Dallas on that same day, you’ll pay anywhere from $24-$45.

As for Amtrak, for the six hour journey you’ll pay between $28 and $88.

On an airline, you can expect to pay between $129 and $371.

As with most transportation businesses, if you book a trip at an earlier date, you can typically find cheaper prices.

Driving your own car to Dallas will cost about $27 for gasoline.

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