Let me just say that my 12 hour trip from New York to Toronto on a Greyhound inlcuded 5 buses, one of which broke down and another was involved in a crash on a highway with a burst tyre and basically near explosion! soooo i would strongly recommend that you look into some other form of transportation! good luck!!!
greyhound is basically a city bus for people who cant afford to fly/drive somewhere ie; college kids, squatters and freaks who can barely fit into the seat next to you. not all, but most stations ive been to are generally in sketchy neighborhoods or filled with sketchy people. needless to say i havent taken a bus since i was in college.
I've never had a problem with them. But I was only on them for a short trip [1 1/2 HR] ... But I also didn't have a problem with the Chinatown Bus from Boston - NYC [4Hours] ... and those are supposed to be the worst busses ever [only $15 each way though].
I've done my share of Greyhound travel before, and honestly I'd prefer not to again. It's not really even that cheap anymore - I can drive anywhere the silver dog travels for the same cost or less in gas money and often it's cheaper to buy a discount flight than the bus round trip.
My most memorable greyhound trip involved the drug addict taking his special "lunchbox" into the bathroom after the bus took off from each stop and emerged a few minutes later incoherent and staggering down the aisle back to his seat. That and the time I rode through a ghetto part of Southern California with a busload of gang members and degenerates 50% of whom stole food/drinks from the gas station we stopped at. Oh yeah I'll never forget the old lady giving a 20-something guy a handjob in the seat behind me either.
I'd only use Greyhound as an absolute last resort. It's unfortunate train travel costs so much here in the US
chinatown bus isnt all that either. i nearly died in connecticut because the bus driver kept falling asleep and driving off the road. eventually someone sat with him to keep him awake.. even though the dude didnt speak english.
theres also been plenty of fatal crashes with those things. its not just a boston nyc bus either.. im pretty sure it goes down most of the east coast. 6$ from nyc - philadelphia also.
With the Chinatown bus' you just need to know what days/drivers to use. Some of them suck but I've never had a horrible ride on one, sure they break down sometimes but you're not paying $15 to get a 1st class ride. It also helps to know [or have someone who knows] Cantonese. [My husband is Chinese & speaks Cantonese].
Traveling by Greyhound in the U.S. is one of the low cost alternatives and so services areas where this is needed are not the "safest" areas. With this taken into consideration, when compared to most 3rd world countries, Greyhound is a premium luxury way to travel. Greyhound usualy stays on schedule and you can get to most cities in the country via the bus. You will have your own seat and not have to share with chickens, goats or other farm animals. You won't have to worry about bribeing drivers or police at checkpoints and most of the drivers do speak english, unlike some cabbies in some cities. Trouble is that most americans just don't know how good they have it when compared to a lot of the rest of the world. Most people love Aussies and will go out of their way to make sure they don't have any trouble, something to do with the accent or Crocodile Dundee movies, not sure which. Anyway, the bus will be fine, have fun and have a good trip.