The 8 coolest features of new luxury bus startup The Jet with rides from NYC to DC for $99, including motion-canceling seats and free WiFi

The Jet on a cold January morning.

I took luxury bus startup the Jet from New York to Washington, DC for $99.
The plush motion-canceling seats and snacks made for the most comfortable travel experience I’ve ever had.
These are the bus service’s eight coolest features and the three things I disliked the most.

In early January, I tried the Jet, a luxury bus service that operates between New York City and Washington, DC starting at $99.The Jet on a cold January morning.

I’ve had my fair share of miserable intercity bus rides, but the Jet dispelled some of the things I believed long-haul bus rides had to include.A view out the windows while we were still in Manhattan.

The Jet has plenty of features and services that make a simple bus ride feel more like a spacious private jet ride.The seats in October 2021.

Here are the eight coolest features of the Jet, like its motion-canceling seats and selection of snacks …Snacks on the Jet.

… and three standout reasons why I may reconsider taking it again.The seats in October 2021.

1. The Jet has the most comfortable passenger seats I’ve ever sat on.Inside the Jet.

Compared to planes, trains, and other intercity buses I’ve been on, the Jet has plush seats that feel like sitting on clouds.The seats.

The passenger seats are lined with gel and memory foam padding, which means no more sore bums after sitting still in traffic for hours on end.The seats in October 2021.

The 45-degree reclinable seats also have footrests and adjustable seat backs that make them more ergonomic.Buttons to adjust the seating.

And the seats are 22-inches wide, which made me feel like I was being enveloped by the plush padding.The seats in October 2021.

In full recline, it felt like I was sitting on an expensive couch, and I could have easily fallen asleep if I wasn’t working.My messy seat.

2. The comfortable seats have a hidden secret: They’re also motion-canceling.The back of the bus in October 2021.

The Jet’s pièce de résistance is its motion-canceling “hoverseats,” which use Bose-developed suspension technology to block 90% of the road’s bumps and movements.A reclined seat in October 2021.

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The technology is more commonly used in the long-haul trucking industry, and the Jet says its passenger buses are the “world’s first” to use this motion-canceling tech.The seats in October 2021.

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While it doesn’t block the swaying motion of the bus, it does facilitate a smoother ride on an otherwise bumpy freeway.The seats in October 2021.

3. The Jet’s coaches use the same WiFi available on Google and Facebook’s employee shuttles, Chad Scarborough, the Jet’s founder and CEO, previously told Insider.Working on the Jet.

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I’ve grown used to slow or nonexistent WiFi on different modes of transportation.The WiFi on an Amtrak.

The free WiFi on some airlines and trains can often be lackluster.An Amtrak train pulls out of Union Station on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

But I can’t say the same for the Jet’s WiFi: It was the fastest and strongest connection I’ve ever had on mass transit and rivaled the WiFi I have back home.Working on the Jet.

It was strong enough for me to stream videos and music, scroll through social media, and use Slack, all without any metaphorical bumps in the road.Inside the Jet.

Almost all other passengers were also on their devices, but the WiFi never lagged.The galley.

4. My seat had plenty of outlets.A reclined seat.

There are few feelings worse than boarding a plane with a close-to-dying phone and realizing there are no outlets at your seat.A power outlet in an airplane lavatory.

Luckily, the Jet’s seats have outlets with USB ports to keep all your devices fully charged during the ride.The seats.

5. There’s ample room between the rows of seats.The interior of one of the Jet’s buses.

In accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the rows of passenger seats are six feet apart, providing plenty of legroom and space for bags.The seats in October 2021.

I felt amply distanced from the row behind me when my seat was fully reclined, and I still had plenty of floor space for my backpack and duffle bag.My messy seat.

6. There are only 14 passenger seats on the Jet’s coaches.The Jet on a cold January morning.

Besides me, there were only nine other people aboard the bus including the driver and attendant. And everyone was wearing a mask unless they were eating or drinking.The seats at the front of the bus in October 2021.

“We’ve had some people tell us [this] feels safer than taking a train or a plane because there’s so few people,” Scarborough told Insider last year.The Jet on a cold January morning.

7. The bus attendant was friendly and accommodating.The bathroom.

The Jet’s attendant operates like that of a flight attendant: she confirmed my seat on the bus and checked on the passengers throughout the ride.The Jet on a cold January morning.

She was also quick to make accommodations whenever a passenger was feeling too warm or cold by offering blankets or adjusting the bus’ interior temperature.The galley at the rear of the bus.

7. Booking and boarding the Jet is easier than a plane trip.The Jet.

The Jet only operates two departure times between New York and Washington DC, making trip selections straightforward.The Jet on a cold January morning.

When you book your ticket, you also get to select your seat, simplifying the check-in process.The seats at the front of the bus in October 2021.

And the Jet doesn’t depart from any complicated or busy bus terminal.The Jet on a cold January morning.

Instead, it operates outdoor curbside pickup and dropoff at Metro Center in Washington DC and Hudson Yards in Manhattan, making the boarding process feel safe and seamless.The Jet on a cold January morning.

8. The ticket price includes snacks and drinks.The galley at the rear of the bus.

Throughout the bus ride, the attendant offered passengers snacks, water, wine, beer, coffee, and sodas. It’s like a cheap flight but with free booze and better snacks.Snacks on the Jet.

And while I didn’t drink, I appreciated having the option to do so.The galley at the rear of the bus.

There are obviously plenty of amenities that made me love my ride aboard the Jet, but I still have three ( small) gripes: my motion sickness, the bathroom, and the pricing.The galley at the rear of the bus.

1. The motion canceling seats did a great job of dulling the bumpy road, but it didn’t prevent any swaying motions.The back of the bus in October 2021.

I’ve never felt nauseous from a long bus ride, but this time, I felt all the classic symptoms of carsickness.The galley at the rear of the bus.

But this was probably my fault. I spent most of my time on the Jet working on my laptop. And the more I stared at the screen, the more carsick I felt.Inside the Jet.

2. The bathroom at the rear of the bus next to the attendant’s galley was clean and modern, but it was out of commission for the first half of the roughly five-hour bus ride.The bathroom.

The bathroom aboard the Jet is like that of any mass transit bathroom. There’s a toilet, sink, mirror, and hand sanitizer.The bathroom in October 2021.

But because it was freezing in New York the night before my journey, the bathroom pipes were frozen, putting it out of use for the first few hours.A view out the windows while we were still in Manhattan.

The driver detoured for the passengers to take a quick restroom break halfway through our ride. And shortly after, the coach’s bathroom was working again.The Jet on a cold January morning during out bathroom stop.

The temporarily defunct bathroom wasn’t a problem for me, but if I had an “emergency,” paying for a bathroom I couldn’t use would’ve been annoying …The bathroom.

… although both the attendant and Scarborough were very apologetic.The bathroom.

3. Finally, I took an Amtrak from Washington DC back to New York, and it was both less expensive and faster than my Jet trip.My Amtrak train back to New York.

The Jet — which ranges from $99 to $149 — says its pricing is “comparable” to Amtrak’s regional route, and often less expensive than Acela.My Amtrak train back to New York.

However, my Amtrak ticket on the regional route was $49, about half the price of my $99 Jet ticket. It’s worth noting that January is often a slow month for travel and transportation-related companies, which could explain the less expensive Amtrak ticket.My Amtrak back to New York.

But my Amtrak journey back to New York was almost three-and-a-half hours, while my bus ride to Washington DC was about five hours.The seats at the front of the bus in October 2021.

If I had been prioritizing speed and price over comfort and luxury, Amtrak would’ve been the best choice for my early January journey to and from Washington, DC.The seats.

But the comfortable seats, selection of snacks, friendly attendant, and fast WiFi makes the Jet my winning choice, and I’ve since recommended the service to many of my friends.The seats in October 2021.

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