Another bus company has rolled into the game of shuttling public urbanites to popular Queens beaches, offering sunscreen, beach toys and even yoga to customers. The New York City Beach Bus began running buses to Rockaway on July 4, with nearly identical pick-up and drop-off locations as the popular Rockabus.
Riders can catch the buses in Williamsburg and at the Barclays Center, with drop-offs at Jacob Riis Park and Beach 84th Street in Rockaway Beach — the same as Rockabus.
Rockabus also offers an additional pickup in Manhattan, on the Lower East Side.
There are other differences between the two.
Roundtrip bus fare on Rockabus is $15, and $10 one way. You can ride the New York City Beach Bus for $12 round-trip, but the one-way cost is the same as Rockabus.
Both companies offer discounts at businesses and bars in Brooklyn and Rockaway. For example, Rockabus riders can get 2 for 1 cans of beer at Battery-Harris, a new bar in Williamsburg open by two Rockaway natives.
Riders from the New York City Beach Bus say they get 25 percent off their entire order at the Metro Deli at 78 Havemeyer St.
But the newest bus stands out with it’s amenities, providing sunblock, beach toys and, for an additional fee, yoga classes once you get to the sand, according to co-owner Ayo Omojola.
“We give you everything you need,” she said, saying she’s trying to bring an “adult summer camp” vibe to their bus.
Amojola, a paralegal, and her husband, a construction manager, began shuttling friends to various parts of the tri-state a few years ago, chartering buses for snowboarding and hiking trips.
Although the weather today is beyond awful, sunshine later this week is in the future for NYC. We’ve been hearing rumblings about this for a while, but we’re excited to report that Rockabus Service will be providing direct service between Williamsburg and Rockaway Beach. Gothamist has the full scoop here:
The new Rockabus launches this weekend, with buses running every 35 minutes from Williamsburg direct to Rockaway Beach. And for its debut weekend, the bus will be totally free. Good luck stopping the hipster invasion now, Far Rockaway!
“The inspiration for the Rockabus came after realizing that there should be an affordable way to get out to Rockaway that doesn’t involve spending an hour underground on a beautiful day,” says Rockabus founder Sam Morrill. After this weekend, he tells us Rockabus (Facebook) will charge $10 for a one way ride and $18 round trip. Service will operate Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. onward, with the last bus leaving Rockaway at 6:55 p.m.
Rides are free this weekend, but passengers must get a wristband from a Rockabus rep stationed at the stops. In Williamsburg, look for the classic yellow schoolbus at Metropolitan Avene and Meeker Avenue (beneath the BQE). At Rockaway, the bus departs from Shore Front Pkwy by the boardwalk at Beach 86th Street. (Those are the only stops for now, but Morrill hopes to expand service to other parts of the peninsula later in the summer.) Details here
Get on it!