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Travel Forums North America BUS VS TRAIN

1. Posted by hansonfan (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hey guys, this will probably be the first of many many many questions so i apoligize in advance for my ignorance. Basically myself and two friends will be travelling USA and hopefully stopping for a few nights in Canada to follow our beloved band Hanson on a tour in fall next year. I just need some advice, your opinions really on what will be more comfortable/ reliable/ safe and value for money if we travel from city to city by Greyhound Bus or Amtrack ? I've been getting a fair bit of conflicting information from travel agents so i'd love to hear any advice you have or if there some option i haven't thought of yet..... (we can't rent a car/ were to young)

2. Posted by urbancow (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Outside the NE corridor (DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston) trains are typically a good deal. Within that area, the prices are ridiculous bc this is where Amtrak is able to make some money. Trains go to all the big cities. Still, money wise, buses will be cheaper for the most part--though not as comfortable or as fast.

3. Posted by hansonfan (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

thanks heaps.

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

yeah agree with the buses in the Northeast. Only take buses in that area. In fact in Boston where I'm from, you can take the "China Town to China Town" Bus from China town in Boston (actually South Station) to China Town in NYC for around 10 bucks Single. quit cheap if u consider the distance.

5. Posted by taround (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

If you are visiting places in the Midwest, bus is the best option even though I would suggest renting a car if you can. There are no direct trains between some cities like St. Louis to Cincinnati. If you would like to go from St. Louis to Cincinnati on a train, you will have to go via Chicago which will be a 12 hour journey instead of 6 hours by bus.


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6. Posted by hansonfan (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

ok thanks. were thinking now something like bus between places that are close and for longer distances train for the comfort, but anything else you guys have on transport over ther is a huge help. question how expensive are cabs is like australia and you pay per minute??