Governor’s Ball on a Budget

Start planning out Governor’s Ball costs.

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The 2016 Governor’s Ball is just a few short weeks away, and festivalgoers are in the midst of preparations for the weekend getaway. Festival tickets, food and transportation can really add up, leaving your wallet hurting by the end of the weekend. Here are some tips to ensure that you limit travel costs and have the most to spend making the festival experience the best it can be.

Governor’s Ball takes place on Randall’s Island Park, located in New York City—one of the most popular travel destinations in the country. Traveling to New York City can get pricey, with NJ Transit rates ranging from as little as $9 to as much as $30 round trip, depending on where you’re coming from.

A low-cost alternative to NJ Transit is Megabus—which stops in a number of different cities and offers rides for as little as $1 (plus a booking fee). “When you take a Megabus, you don’t have to worry about driving and instead can kick back and relax, text your friends, watch a movie or get work done,” said Megabus’ Director of Corporate affairs, Sean Hughes. Not only is Megabus convenient and reliable, buses are also equipped with WiFi and charging outlets for passengers.

Getting into New York City is half the battle, and there are a number of different ways attendees can get over to Randall’s Island Park. These options may be overwhelming, but the best way to save would be to utilize the subway system and buses. There are 469 New York subway stations, so catching one is a quick and easy process.  

Subway rides to 125th St. cost $2.75, and the X80 express bus costs an additional $3.75, which will drop you off directly in front of the festival entrance. The entire trip amounts to $6.50, which is half the amount that you would pay if you decided to call a taxicab company or Uber. Additionally, attendees could walk from the 125th St. stations to Governor’s Ball, which is equivalent to about 20 blocks.

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While attendees may think that they will have to wait in ridiculous lines for buses the day of the event, the festival has taken this into consideration. According to the Governor’s Ball official website, “[they] are working closely with the MTA to ensure that an appropriate number of buses are added for show days and that lines are kept to an absolute minimum.

By planning out the most inexpensive travel route, attendees will be able to save as much money as possible—or have more money to spend on making the most out of their festival experience. “Limiting what I spent on travel left me with so much extra money to visit the awesome vendors at the festival, which I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise,” said Anna Josephson, who attended Governor’s Ball in 2014.

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