I was planning on travelling Canada and west coast USA on Greyhound coaches but it seems that alot of people are giving them bad press saying that its dangerous and extremely unreliable, is this correct?
If this is the case are there any suggestions? (I'l be travelling alone so hiring a car works out expensive) Any input on this would be grateful
I've travelled a lot with the Greyhound in Canada and it's very safe and pretty reliable. However in the winter, it can be a little unreliable when some roads are closed.
In Canada the trains (Via Rail) are more expensive but are a bit more expensive.
I've travelled NYC to Toronto, I have to say drivers were so nice and at bus stations too..
Greyhound is terrible. I'm a college student until last year greyhound was the only way to go from home to school. The people staffing these places are at best unhelpful and at the worst downright rude. The buses are often running late. The schedules sometimes run at odd hours. You are not guaranteed a seat. I once had to ride from Washington to Central Pennsylvania (aprox. a 4 hour trip) with about 7 or 8 people standing in the aisles because Greyhound had sold more tickets than there were seats on the bus and they didn't want to send an extra bus. Many of the rest stops are grimy and are not 24-hour, so if you have to transfer buses at night you have to wait outside for hours in a not very nice part of a city. That said I've only used greyhound on the east coast, so maybe service is better out west... but good luck with that.
It's not necessarily dangerous, but it's certainly not the best way to travel
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 26, 2008, at 2:50 PM by Jamebb ]
I think that i'll be taking the Greyhound bus company for most of my 2 month trip across the states and i have to say there is so much mixed opinion on them. I'am a true beleiver in trying things for yourself before judging it but i also beleive that taking on board oters opinons is important also.
I will defo use Greyhound buses during my trip and i hope that on my return i can happily recommend them to everyone else
I found Greyhound to be just like National Express in the UK for the most part.
I preferred travelling Amtrak where avalable however.
I've used Greyhound in Aussie, I thought they were pretty ok there, so it just goes to show how things can differ between countries. Will be visiting the USA for the 2nd time later in the year, and am on a budget, but after all the stories I've heard of Greyhound there it makes me reluctant to try them out. Used Amtrak last time which was a bit of a messy trip (delays, missed connections, re-routings etc!!), so don't reall know where to turn!!
One piece of information about Greyhound - they work on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, from an agency and at the terminal. They do not reserve seating on the buses. If you want to take the 1:15 bus to Seattle, give yourself adequate time to get on that particular bus. (I used a hypothetical schedule time.) Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to departure depending on the number of passengers. Your ticket guarantees you a seat on a bus but not necessarily that exact bus.
In recent years, Greyhound has been working diligently to improve their image and passenger safety on buses and in terminals. As you would traveling anywhere, just use common sense and be aware of your surroundings. Also, buses do make regularly scheduled meal stops but definitely consider bringing additional snacks and water/beverages along. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the buses.
It's been several years since I last used Greyhound but never had any bad experiences. Personally, I'd recommend purchasing a ticket from point A to point B first (rather than a rail pass) and see what you think of the terminals and service. If you are satisfied, consider a rail pass for the rest of your travels. If you aren't satisfied, Amtrak is a bit more expensive but covers the territory quite well.
Have a great time!
Cheers for all the post guys, abit of a mixed bag eh?
Think like suggested Ill give greyhound a go, see how it pans out, if not good then if worse comes to worse Ill just have to hire a car but fingers crossed they come out good.
Once again cheers for all replies
Greyhound bus travel in Canada is very very safe. I've used it many many times. In the Spring it's a lot of fun as the buses tend to be filled with students. Other times it just a mix of average people. Just bring something to entertain yourself with like books and an IPOD.
Once we hit a moose, which the bus driver warned us about, and it was fine. Anyone driving down that road could hit a moose.