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?”