Starting Jan. 17, Texas-based luxury bus service Vonlane will add a Houston-Austin route to its schedule, completing the golden triangle of intrastate travel between Houston, Austin and Dallas.
Since 2014, founder Alex Danza has been catering to business class travelers in Houston and Dallas, offering a new travel standard compatible with those seeking a less burdensome alternative to flying or a non-stationary venue for uninterrupted work-time.
“We’re seeing a bit of everything […] from grandmothers coming to visit the grandchildren, to who flying has gotten too difficult to go through the security lines, can’t really drive herself anymore, but then we also get the attorney who values that three hours of time on the coach to just work […] and I’m sure it’s three hours of great, uninterrupted billable time,” says Danza on KRLD’s CEO Spotlight radio show.
No nuance is neglected with Vonlane's luxury service, which includes extra-large, plush seating that's a far sight comfier than coach; valet service upon pick-up at specified destination points (Hyatt Regency hotels); and an established dynamic between the bus driver and an attendant to better navigate through traffic via a dedicated live feed.
Spend the new travel route to Austin with a bevy of further travel amenities including full attendant service, complimentary noise-cancelling headphones, electric outlets, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, XM radio, and bathrooms so elegant they could change your entire perception of local travel possibilities.
The kicker comes at the bill; one-way tickets range from $99 to $109 between the three Texas cities, which is certainly more expensive than a Megabus fare but at least $100 less than, say, a Southwest ticket. And although the bus service may be attractive to leisure travelers, it's business class passengers who'll find the final amenity most appealing: Each bus features private conference rooms and desks to add “three billable hours of work done while traveling to your destination,” as Vonlane suggests.
Future ambitions for the luxury bus service include adding routes through San Antonio, eventually adding out-of-state destinations. May we suggest New Orleans as its first interstate option? Those Southwest fares are even tougher to take.