Does taking a Society Limo from NYC to AC make sense for your wallet?
Does taking a Society Limo from NYC to AC make sense for your wallet? And what about your time and comfort?
A lot of people think that a limo from NYC to AC is an unaffordable luxury in these tough times. Why spend money on a limo when you could have a few more hands at the blackjack table or a nice meal at Revel’s new Mussel Bar? The answer may surprise you. Of course let’s take a look at the costs, but let’s keep in mind the “intangibles”.
Say you and 7 of your closest gambling buddies or sorority sisters want to head down to AC for a night or two. Public transportation is the way to go, a friend says, wanting to be “eco-friendly” and frugal at the same time, even though you point out he works for a hedge fund that was long AAPL for the last 3 years. Are you going to take the ACE train? Sorry, that dream was ended in early 2012. Are you going to take the bus? Great, the price is right. Let’s look at what it really entails.
First, you have to take a cab or subway to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Then you have to walk up and down all of those steps looking for the ticket window and terminal, and hope the bus isn’t full and is on time. Next, you wait in line with the characters there for the luxurious opportunity to smell all of your neighbors’ food and what not all the way down the Garden State Parkway, while listening to Mr. Roulette pontificate on the best way to know when to play the wheel (“After it is red 4 times in a row, then black 1 time, you want to bet heavy on the red again!”)
What is the cost? Well, it’s tough to beat the bus on costs. But factor in roundtrip tickets for each of you (37.00 on the Lucky Bus, 46.00 if you want a refundable ticket) plus a cab or subway to get to the bus station in NYC, then a cab to your favorite casino (busses don’t stop at Revel or Borgata!) and then the cab back to your apartment in NYC, and the 8 of you could be spending close to 50 bucks each (37/ticket x 8 people = 296 + 84 in cabs = 380 dollars/8 people = 48 bucks a person). Travel time is 2.5-3 hours on the bus alone, and that’s if there are no issues with the bus and it leaves on time. Factor in 30 minutes on each side of it for waiting time for the bus/travel time to and from the bus, and you have a 3.5-4 hour trip you paid 50 bucks for.
Now let’s take a look at driving. Let’s say you jam into two cars. You are paying gas, tolls, dealing with the stress of traffic (especially on a Friday evening in the summer) and you certainly can’t drink any alcohol. I’d say each car is close to 100 bucks with gas and tolls. But now you have a stressed out driver, crammed conditions, and maybe you had to rent it or take it from Zipcar. Plus you have to park somewhere and deal with all of that. So now your cost may be closer to 300/car for a Friday to Sunday trip. That works out to $75 per person.
Ok, ok, those options don’t seem so great anymore. What if you take Society Limo’s 8 passenger luxury limousine? First of all, you get picked up at your apartment. Maybe 2-3 apartments in NYC so you can congregate beforehand. Then you are greeted by a friendly driver with all kinds of customized goodies, compliments of Society Limo. You want Orange Sunkist? You got it. You want Red Bull to mix with some Grey Goose you brought along? Done, you can start the party early. Need some munchies because your boss made you skip lunch to work on the TPS Reports? Our GM, Emma Tang, has it covered. Now you can sit back, relax, watch some movies, talk with your buddies, maybe practice your dice rolling skills for the craps table. Our drivers can make a pit stop for you if you overdo it on the soda or need a quick burger on the way. You may enjoy complimentary WiFi soon in our vehicles as well.
How much? Well, if you leave on a Friday and return on a Saturday or Sunday, it’s only $640 (all-inclusive, no hidden fees for tolls or tip) from NYC to AC and back. That’s only $80 for each of you, and you can relax and not worry about anything and get pick up and dropped off right at the casino door in style. The ride was 2-2.5 hours, saving you time as well. And what is more valuable than your time? Want to have a bus break-down on the Parkway? How about your friend’s car that has you crammed in the middle back seat? Take Society Limo for your transportation needs to Atlantic City now!