Bus Travel Getting Better (Even in the U.S.)

I haven’t been on a Greyhound bus since I was a kid, but I take buses all the time when I’m in other countries. When I was backpacking around the world the experience wasn’t always pleasant, but now that I’m dashing off on shorter trips or am working (like I was in Korea when I rode nice ones there), I get to take the best class available.

It’s a cheap splurge. If you’re in a country where even the business travelers go by bus, as is the case in a few places mentioned in that article—like Mexico and Turkey—it’ll feel like business class on a flight. As I’ve said before, Mexican buses rock. More on that in the article linked above.

Thankfully, things are getting better in the U.S. on this front. Sure, I’d much rather see a robust high-speed train system, but that’s not getting here anytime soon. So meanwhile, with Greyhound finally getting some competition on heavily traveled routes from the likes of Megabus, they are starting to refurbish their fleet. Perhaps someday a few years from now we’ll be able to say, “Remember when buses didn’t even have Wi-Fi?”

  1. Alex

    I need to get from Detroit to California and I cannot fly because my company will not pay for a ticket. Which do you think will be a more plesent experiance, Amtrak or Greyhound? I know they will both suck but one must suck a little less!! Thank

    • tim

      The train is far more comfortable than the bus, even if it takes a lot longer. You can walk around and you get more legroom.

  2. Ana

    The bus is great for short distances, but they will kill your knees if you want to take the longer road. I would rather go by train in these conditions, because there’s more space and I can freely walk around. I am waiting for the times when the buses will have a place you can lie your feet on.

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