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1. Posted by minijmoore (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hello, I'm planning a trip across the US in Sep-Oct. It seems that the greyhound busses are the best form of transport, an unlimeted travel ticket can last 60 days. I was hoping to be able to do a round trip from New York, Mexico (just pop in), West cost (LA, Las Vegas, San Fran), then roughly back to New York via Canada.

Does this sound reasonable to do without a rush within the 60 days?

Also I was wondering if anyone else has used the greyhound busses, what you thought about them and if its easy to get to the good spots using them. I wanna be able to go to places like Elvis's Graceland, Grand Canyon, NASA centre for a lanch on Oct 14th, ie can I hop off a bus and walk to them or cycle (thinking of getting one of those fold up ones when I get there).

Any help would be awsome, thanks!

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Pure torture! America's Interstate highways are not where I would chose to spend a holiday, and that's what you're talking about. I suggest you make a trial run before committing yourself to 60 days of this type of self-inflicted HELL. If you're short of funds and can't afford to rent a car or fly, why not buy a bike and see a portion of the states very well and keep in shape at the same time.

3. Posted by minijmoore (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

How easy would it be to buy a car out there and insure it? I'm from the UK. I'd preffer to get a car cos then I can do and see all I wanna see, but it's just a matter of price.

4. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

We are planning to drive from the west coast to east. We are renting a car for 6weeks and it is going to cost around £1200. So £600 each, then there is petrol. Budgetting about £200 each. The quote includes $200 charge for collection in San Francisco and drop off in New York. If your under 25 your looking at another $1000. I think buying a car would be alot of hassle. Can't wait. Good luck with whatever you decide.

5. Posted by minijmoore (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Renting a car for 2 months would cost alot, and be quite a hassle, but surely I could buy a car, sell it a couple of days before flying back, I'm thinking I could get a cheap car for couple of hundred and insure it for 2 months for less than $200, then $200 dollars worth or petrol would mean that the whole thing could cost the same as the bus??

Any one have any ideas?

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

It would be possible to buy an older car and see the US that way - just a few problems. Insurance is necessary - can't get the car registered without it (you'll need a US mailing address - perhaps the dealer could help you.) I'm sure insurance would be high for a UK citizen! Used cars are going for premium prices these days due to the high cost of new. If I were you I'd talk to a dealer - location is important (Southern California* probably best, and New York City the worst). I would select dealers from a list of Honda or Toyota dealers if I were doing it.

  • Southern California has the most cars of any region, and competition at it's highest for the best deal, however, California probably has the highest registration cost (value based). Oregon might be a good choice since there's no sales tax/VAT at all and registration cost is moderate.

Some rental companies have better long-term rental deals than others.

Minijmore - I think your estimates are way off. I would multiply them X 4!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-May-2009, at 10:16 by Daawgon ]

7. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quick google search: http://www.usatourist.com/english/tips/carbuying.html

I think buying a car is only viable if you are staying for a considerable time.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

I have helped 2 separate UK TP members buy vans in Las Vegas. If you are here more than 6 weeks, it makes sense to buy. Heaps of vans large enough to sleep in are available for under $2K. The advantage of a van vs car is that you can sleep in the van some of the time. Each night you sleep in the van saves at least $50. Do this 20 times out of your 60 days here and you save at least $1K. This is esp. helpful when visiting our National Parks or you want to drive late into the night.

Sell the van the your last week in the US. Lose $500 on the deal and you are way ahead of a 2 month rental with drop off charges and under 25 fees. Send me a PM if you have questions.

9. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quoting vegasmike6

I have helped 2 separate UK TP members buy vans in Las Vegas. If you are here more than 6 weeks, it makes sense to buy. Heaps of vans large enough to sleep in are available for under $2K. The advantage of a van vs car is that you can sleep in the van some of the time. Each night you sleep in the van saves at least $50. Do this 20 times out of your 60 days here and you save at least $1K. This is esp. helpful when visiting our National Parks or you want to drive late into the night.

Sell the van the your last week in the US. Lose $500 on the deal and you are way ahead of a 2 month rental with drop off charges and under 25 fees. Send me a PM if you have questions.

How easy is it to sort out insurance and in general what would the costs be?

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting s96024

How easy is it to sort out insurance and in general what would the costs be?

Send me a PM and I will walk you through the process.