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11. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

Some people on Greyhound buses may not be the best-looking and may come from improverished backgrounds, but I've never heard of "death-by-Greyhound" before! Don't worry, if you don't like the people on the bus you don't have to interact with them, but nothing bad will happen to you.

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Did 2 long-distance greyhound trips in the USA last year, both fine. They play you films as well, which is nice, unless you want to sleep.

13. Posted by Capitol (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

You a traveller, or not? Take the Greyhound! For goodness sake. You'll certainly experience a real slice of America. And what wonderful tales you'll be able to tell.That's if you survive. JOKING!

14. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y

the bus rde it's self is safe but the bus stations are usually in a war zonw (or so it feels)

15. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member 57 posts) 10y

1) I've only taken the Greyhound once for two-hour ride (long, funny story of how the car broke down). Like stated above, the stations are in war zones, and the fellow passengers are most likely not the most friendly.

2) That trip wasn't much different than any other bus trip I've taken in Europe, Egypt or ME. I would always prefer the train, but sometimes that's not an option. the only difference is the majority of passengers are usually other Americans, and not backpackers/scrubby travelers.

3) it's safe, if you can I would suggest the rental car or train. But where's the adventure in that. My homeless sister once took the Greyhound with her kitten in her bag for the 12 hour trip. Now that's a conversation starter: What's that noise?

16. Posted by sayda (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

hello, im going to travel in greyhound by a month does anybody knows were are the most dangerous terminals around usa, in wich cities

17. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

Well, in the end we decided to use the Greyhound for some long overnight trips and I have to say ...... it was fine, no problems at all. So people, don't be afraid of the Greyhound, despite what you may hear from any Amercian travellers you meet, the Greyhound is actually pretty good.

That said, LA Central Bus Station is a frightening place to be at night, so try not to start or finish any journey there!

One handy tip, if two of you are travelling, book three days plus in advance and one gets a half price ticket!

Barge

18. Posted by mr. joe (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

It has been years since I've ridden the bus, but as I recall LA is definitely shady at night. So is the Baltimore, Maryland, terminal and Newark, New Jersey (though there is no real reason to go there). I was at the Denver bus station during the day, it wasn't too bad. New York is New York, no real worries there - just watch the con-artists & thieves. Generally speaking, there isn't much to worry about. Just keep your head about you and you'll be fine. My experience with the "Hound" is that those riding it can not afford train or plane tickets. The statins are usually *though not always)in lower income areas. And everyone has a story to tell. It is definitely an experience. One last thing, I've heard about cama-seats down in SA that are almost like beds. Unless things have changed, the Greyhound does not have that type of seat. Well, I hope you enjoy your travels.

19. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Bus lines in the US are decent though not often all that much fun. Depending upon how far you plan on traveling and just who your seatmates turn out to be (like anywhere else in the world), after all it's no fun to be squeezed next to a mother with her two screaming kids in any part of the world. Bus stations are kind of sleezy and I'd suggest spending as little time as possible in those in big cities, but the buses are dependable, run on time, and in some cases offer reservations so that you can just show up 10 minutes before departure.

Car rentals are pretty darn cheap, as is gas (by world standards), and often makes sense if there are two or more travelers or you plan on seeing several places in a few days. Some places will rent a car for $25 a day or $150 a week if you look for them.

Almost all the US car rental agencies also have online specials you can book last minute.

Hope it helps.

20. Posted by basanti (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I have travelled overnight on greyhound, just make sure you get a seat near the driver, they are usually very strict about behaviour on the bus. most of the people I have meet are nice and friendly. Sometime the stations are in dodgy areas but there are security guards inside who turf out anyone without tickets. Amtrak is a better option for longer trips and is very confortable. LA greyhound station is in a very dodgy wouldn't recommend using it at night. Las Vegas station is just behind Fremont Street which is a bit away from the strip. Check with hostels, some will pick you up from the stations.