Has anyone had much experience with the Greyhound busses in the US?
We are looking to get from LA to Vegas and then on to San Francisco and it seems the Greyhound would be cheapest. But, we have met several Americans on our trip so far and most if not all have told us that its not safe to use the Greyhound, especially at night when "only ex-convicts" use them.
Any ideas? We were thinking of taking night buses to save on hostel costs (which we did lots of times without problems in Asia).
actually, if anyone is doing the same route between 2nd Dec and 7th Dec and would like to share car hire and fuel costs, drop us a note!
It's not so much the buses, but some of the areas of the terminals aren't all that great.
We used to take Greyhound a lot when I was younger.
Have you looked into taking the train? Amtrak has had some pretty good deals lately, although getting from LA to Vegas and then San Fran in that order is probably not possible. Also check out Southwestern Airlines or Priceline. American Airlines might also have some deals the week of. Worth checking out! They post them on their website.
The kind of people you see on Greyhound (especially on the night buses) really depends on the route you take. I have used the greyhound buses a lot. My first time was about 8 years ago when I took an overnight train from San Franciso to Los Angeles and I thought it was fine. If you are not comfortable with the idea of traveling by greyhound, you could always do a "rideshare" arrangement. Check out www.craigslist.org, click on the "Los Angeles" link, and then click on the "rideshare". I am sure there will be people offering rides to your destinations in return for you sharing half the fuel costs. I hope this helps.
When I was in college I took a bus from orlando to washington D.C. and it was the worst experience. I sat next to this lady with a kid and the kid took a dump in her diapers and it was awful man. I thought it'd be fun and scenic and crap but I'd never do it again.
Me and a friend took greyhound from Michigan to NYC for the first time this summer. It was a 17 hour trip (including a few stops) and we drove through the night. It wasn't so much the people on the bus, but the bus drivers. All the speeding up and slowing down made me sick.
But, if your trip is only a few hours you should be fine... depending on the other passengers.
No convicts on our bus... And we stopped in DETROIT!
Use this car hire: http://www.avis.com
For around $200 a week you can hire a car for the duration of your trip which will be very convenient in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. You can turn the car in when you arrive to San Francisco as you do not need a car in SF.
Don't the tell the rental agency you are taking the car to Neveda (Las Vegas) because some rental agencies charge extra for going into other states, but not sure if Avis is one of them -- They will never know especially since Las Vegas is on the California border.
Greyhound is not convenient -- you and your friends can take turns driving so someone can sleep as the other drives. LA to LV is only about 3-4 hour drive, and at night without traffic more on the short side. LV to SF is about 8 hours.
not sure how i missed the url for the car hire:http://www.avis.com
When I walked into the greyhound bus station in Las Vegas, I was certain I'd walked into hell
i have no idea what people told you about em, but your not exactly at risk in taking them. just regular people. its simply paranoid to not take greyhounds becuase there *mite* be bad people on em. trust me, i use em all the time, no sweat.