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1. Posted by lexashills (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi all,

I am very keen on going across the country in 2008.

here is my plans, see if you can improvise :

LA - 3 days

LA - Denver - by Greyhound - 1 nite

Denver - Chicago - by Greyhound - 2 nites

Chicago - New York - by Greyhound - 3 nites

New York - Boston - can i do this day trip?

by the way, 4 of us are travelling on budget. so, we are thinking motels. are they safe?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would compare 4 Greyhound tickets with renting a car/van for how long you are in the US. It might be cheaper to rent. Yes, all the big motel chains are safe.

3. Posted by lexashills (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi Vegasmike,
thanks for your info. i have just recently went to the previous post about greyhound and it makes me think twice before make my booking.

mm.. and on your suggestions, do you really think that renting a van/car is much cheaper? there will be 4 of us travelling.

we are malaysians, do you (america) accept malaysian driving license?

oh, by the way, we will be travelling for 2 weeks.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 11, 2007, at 10:14 PM by lexashills ]

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I checked here in Vegas and a 14 day rental with unlimited mileage, dropping off in Boston was $1,200. This is a midsized car for some comfort. You must be at least 25 yts old. Malaysian drivers license is OK. Compare that to 4 Greyhound tickets and you will have enough info to make a decision. Also check your local auto insurance and see if it covers you overseas. Credit cards can also offer insurance when travelling. Check with them.
Send me a PM if you have questions.

5. Posted by Faldor (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

lexashills you could also get a rail pass from Amtrak for $389 US. It would be more comfortable then Greyhound.

6. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Lexashills; Faldor speaketh with much wisdom. seriously consider Amtrak. Riding Greyhound in America is a distinct 'Medium is the Message' travel experience; survivalist travel in the First- World. Worth doing at some point for sure...but maybe for a first trip to the U.S.A. it is worth it to pay a little more, and travel in greater comfort. Greyhound is cheap and (for me anyway) enormously captivating; but cannot be described as 'comfortable', unfortunately.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

NYC-Boston is not a day trip. I cannot remember how long the greyhound bus took, but it was something in the 4 hours range. For a return trip the same day you would be looking at a travel time of 8-10 hours.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 9, 2007, at 4:01 AM by t_maia ]

8. Posted by Martinka (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


In July, we rent a car from San Francisco and left it in Tucson , for 6 days , it was roughly 300$ and maybe more or less the same amount for the gas (I really can't remember). Road were good, signs where needed, and if you decide to go that way, GPS device is of great help.
Make sure you surf the net thoroughly because prices can be significantly different. Prices are also different if there is one driver or more, if you take the car in one state, and leave it in another one. And there are some incurance fees, some are obligatory, some optional..
We took from our home country international driving license, so we had no problem.
About the motels, we (my husband and I) stayed 6 nights in 6 different motels (I don't remember if they were all part of big chains) and everywhere was ok, with other guests too, I felt safe..
We had problems finding a free room during the weekend-days near tourist places (like Grand Canyon- Williams or Flagstaff). Motels were full (and more expensive) and we were driving around for almost an hour till we found something.
As a summary, it was a great tour, and if I can I'll do it again (in some other part of the USA)

9. Posted by SVM (Inactive 46 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Car rental is better compared to works out cheaper and gives lot of freedom for u to alter the plans if u find something interesting enroute...But make sure abt insurance coverage that u buy and the license is valid across all US states that u plan to travel...check DMV website..