Philly to NYC for a show!
October 14, 2011 1:53 PM Subscribe
Philly to NYC for a concert: help me plan.
I am going to the Duran Duran concert with openers Neon Trees in Madison Square Garden.
I have never been to the venue. We are going to take the bus up that day and need to be back in Philly in the morning. What's the best way to do this?
posted by DoubleLune to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (14 answers total)
So the guy I've been casually dating spontaneously decided to take me to see Neon Trees in NYC when I was talking about how disappointed I was that I won't be able to see them when they're in Philly next week! Really awesome! I don't go to a lot of shows, and have never been to one in NYC.
First off, he got tickets in section 01 -- are these good seats for a concert? I know they're close, but is there going to be an obstructed view or something?
The general plan is to leave Philly around 3 (we're both in school and are planning on going to our morning classes). This will get us to NYC around 5/5:30 and the show starts at 7:30. Is this enough time, or should we get there earlier? We'll probably take Greyhound or the Megabus, whichever is cheaper.
We need to be back in Philly in the morning, because I have class at 11 and he has class at (I think) 12. Ideally, we'd take the bus back right after the show. It is much cheaper to get bus tickets in advance. I would also like to hang around for a bit after the show and try to talk to Neon Trees. They are my favorite band and I met them last time they played Philly, so it would mean a lot for me to get to talk to them. How common is it for bands to hang around to see fans in NYC? The show in Philly was a small venue -- is it going to be too crazy to try to see them in NYC? Since Neon Trees is "just" the opener, does that increase or decrease my chances of seeing them?
So, planning possible time to see them after the show, and considering I don't know how long shows generally go, what would be a good time to plan our bus back to Philly? The last Grayhound bus leaves at 11 PM, which seems to early. Megabus has one at 1 or 1:30 AM -- is that a better idea?
Any other general advice?