I have several suggestions. Amtrak Rail really is a better alternative to Greyhound. And Amtrak's fares are highly competitive with Greyhound. Last year I traveled twice on Greyhound from Tampa, Florida to Richmond, Virginia. The one way fare was a good $15.00 less than Greyhound, the trip was faster, more scenic and convenient and the passengers generally more civilized. Sleeping and eating on Amtrak are far more pleasant experiences than on Greyhound, with dining and sleeping cars available. And the train conductors and attendants are genuinely concerned for passenger comfort and safety, in my experience.
Other alternatives include tour coaches and "ethnic" bus services. Once I needed to travel from Harrisonburg, Virginia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and I found a tour coach in early December making a "holiday shopping" tour to a Harrisburg, PA farmers market. Again the fare was less than Greyhound. The six hour ride found me among a bus load of middle class housewives going shopping for their families. Even the rest stop was a great scenic experience with good food!
In Philadelphia's Chinatown there is a small bus company that runs state of the art coaches to Washington, DC's Chinatown, New York City and other destinations. Fare was very competitive with Greyhound and I was surrounded by Chinese businessmen and students who were relaxed and refined travel companions. They were busy tapping away on their notebooks or texting with their phones.
My experiences are proof that there are ways around Greyhound that are classy, congenial and just as inexpensive. Good Luck!
I've done The Greyhound a few times, in both The USA and Canada. It really isn't my favourite mode of transport out there. If you have a decent budget, then I would suggest a couple of Greyhoud trips (max) and do some one ways on a budget airline. There are so many of them. The Greyhound is nice for seeing the sites, but after a few hours - it starts to get rather cramped and frustrating.
I agree with this. I've been all over the States and Canada on Greyhounds, but wouldn't recommend them as a permanent mode of transport, unless you're expecting to take significant breaks here and there. I tried sleeping on the buses to save money, but that's not really possible. Also, they only ever seemed to take breaks at fast-food joints, so I found it necessary to take time out to get some decent grub.
Having said all that, I went everywhere I wanted to on the Greyhound: New York, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Vancouver, Denver, Vegas, Grand Canyon, DC - and I vastly over-estimated how long it would all take. You can do most of that in a couple of weeks if you want to... though I wouldn't recommend it
I'm going to plan out my trip, without a time scale. Plan a route and when I get there I'll use an internet cafe or wifi and plan how to get to the next place in the best way. Looking at the prices of different things, I don't think it would cost much more to pay as I go, so a bus here a train there, I'll see how I go.
Thanks everyone, and I'll be sure to tell everyone my experience when I get back.
Post #5#.... Why do all the losers in America ride Greyhound?? I'm curious.
Sounds like you're British? Never been in N. America before? We have a huge underclass here that is not as up front in Europe/Australia as it is here, and people like this tend to use the bus, are more inclined to use drugs, hang out near bus stations, in libraries and the parks, and to panhandle.
Post#14#Daawgon.... Not sure where you're at with that 1. Yep - I been to the USA and Canada so many times. It's just you said "All losers in America ride Greyhound." Coluldn't see your point, that's all.