Free Nationwide Rideshare Service USA
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Wow i'm amazed at the mentality toward greyhound in the US. I've ridden Greyhound a few times in Canada and found the buses to be very nice and clean. The stations that I visited were for the most part pretty nice. Pacific Central in Vancouver B.C was a beautiful station where VIA rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains and the greyhound converged. I don't know if greyound US is just lacks care and professionalism but i found Greyhound Canada very pleasant.
And did I mention the one driver I had who was on the PA system quite frequently informing us about all the stops and transfers and checking that the air conditioning was comfortable. At one point during the trip i heard a woman say "Wow this guy's like a Westjet pilot!"
I love the Greyhound buses!!!I met some of the quirkiest and most intriguing characters whilst on them!!!!Fair enough...there was the odd weirdo but I always had such a laugh!!!
The buses aren't the most convenient or pleasurable modes of transportation, but they will get you from point A to Point B, and if you have a travel companion, you don't need to worry about someone creepy taking the seat next to you. Commuter flights between the cities you mentioned can usually be booked for under $100, but that still might be too much. I don't think you need to worry too much about being accosted, just keep an eye on your things like you would anywhere else.
If you live outside the USA you are able to purchase Greyhound Travel Passes for 3-30 days of unlimited travel wherever Greyhound goes in USA and Canada, usually in most cities where Greyhound has a terminal there is also at least one youth hostel, the buses are not that comfortable, they stop every few hours in terminals so you can snack on Whoppers and Fries and much of the countryside looks the same from the Interstate Highway, if you are a smoker you may smoke in the US only outside or in a designated area of the terminals, no beer nor wine either. Point A to Point B to Point C cheaply. www.greyhound.com
I took the greyhound from coast to coast and from my experiences, i really enjoyed it.
I was living in Vancouver and before moving back to toronto, i wanted to see the USA and what better way then by bus.
There are alot of different people taking the bus, i met a retired 70 year old from England doing the same thing as me and by himself.
I met alot of military people especially in the southwest, and can't forget the whole group of amish in the Chicago depot.
We got stuck in a snowstorm in Wyoming, had a drug bust on the bus on my way to Phoenix right on the interstate (sometimes there are undercover police that rides along). A girl was smoking weed in the bathroom and when she refused to hand over her stash to the cop, thats when he called the backup, if she just handed over her stuff she would have got off, silly girl.
The scariest part was when our bus driver nearly fell asleep, but a group kept him awake with conversation until our next stop.
I have to say the most beutiful part was going through Utah and Colorado, the scenery was incredible, although i didn't see the Pacific northwest which i hear is great as well.
In general i would recommend it if you don't mind long travels. I bought the 30 day ameripass for unlimited travel. And kept buying them until i finished in New York.
The absolute worst station was in Detroit, I wandered around the downtown area and i thought i was in a third world country. They have a nice public rail going through the center, but funny thing was there was only about 5 people using it when i took it.
One advice if your travelling overnight on the bus, bring a pillow, I bought one at a bus depot in Tennessee, and it makes it so much more relaxing.
If you are a couple or group of 3 or 4 it is cheaper and more convenient to share the costs of a Rental Car, you are able to stop where and when you want and share driving, also some big cities such as New York, Miami, LA etc. have Drive Away deals where you contract to drive an auto from one city to another for the company..they advertise on bullentin boards of many urban USA Youth Hostels http://www.hiayh.org/, the driver has to be over 21 years old for insurance and bonding purposes. The Bus is great from point A to point B, one way to enjoy USA by bus is to buy a 30 day Ameripass and get out where there is a youth hostel, if you travel in the summer months make sure you reserve your hostel rooms in advance...http://www.hostelsweb.com/countries/usa.html all the hostels will give you directions from the Bus Station. In the 1980s I used to travel from New York City to Laredo Texas .. Border with Mexico, stop off with family in virginia, stay at the hostels in New Orleans and San Antonio, Tx. enroute and arrive rested.
Don't shower for a few days before you get on the bus so you are as stinky as everyone else. The terminals seem to be the place where a lot of dangerous people hang out so don't be loitering around looking at maps, or whatever. Keep your money in a money belt and don't look too lost.