The Pros and (Considerable) Cons of Bus Travel

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Some people really like a deal. Others are gluttons for punishment, especially reporters who need a column topic.

Seth Kugel, the Frugal Traveler, recently profiled Megabus and his experience traveling from New York to Silver Springs, Md., to Knoxville, Tenn., to Lexington, Ky. The entire itinerary cost him $63. But was it worth it?

Haven’t heard of Megabus? Well, perhaps you’re not cash-strapped and looking for the cheapest possible way to get to your desired destination. Megabus’ fares start at $1. No, that’s not a typo.

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Megabus #58538 waiting to depart on the Megabus M24 line. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Serving the 14 of the 50 states, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada, and eleven countries in Europe, Megabus is all about bang for the buck.

Megabus is a double-decker, climate-controlled, clean coach that will get you where you need to go, but it doesn’t boast it will do much more than that. Still, it’s not trying to pass itself off as something that it’s not. It’s no-frills, affordable, reliable way to travel. Period.

Megabus is just the latest iteration of bus travel. Greyhound popularized affordable mass ground transportation and became a favorite of those averse to flying. My sister was one of those travelers.

While she lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., the rest of the family lived in Jackson, Miss. In order to visit us, she would embark on a road trip that took 48 hours end-to-end. Her trek included long layovers at terminals in major cities as well as circuitous routes between her Point A and Point B. You could say that she wasted all kinds of time en route, but she preferred it to flying, and she thought it was completely worth it.

So, if you don’t have much money, but have to get somewhere within the United States or Canada, consider Megabus. Just remember Seth’s biggest suggestion: pack a pillow and a blanket.

Buses are Fastest-Growing and Cheapest Way to Travel

May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone has their favorite method of travel, whether it’s planes, trains, or automobiles. But can you guess which method is growing to be the preferred way by many people in the U.S.?

If you said buses, you are correct.

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Coach USA Van Hool TD925 Astromega double-deck bus DD415 waits outside Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coach bus services, such as the Megabus and Boltbus, are quickly becoming the most popular method of travel. To understand why, you only need to look at the fares.

Compared to airline services, fares for travel buses are a fraction of the cost. Megabus advertises prices that are very low. For example, to travel from Miami to Orlando, the one-way fare is as low as $3.00. Since these vehicles offer luxuries such as free wifi and larger seats, there are plenty of incentives for travelers to choose a bus for shorter travel trips. Of course there’s a trade off. A bus takes a longer time to get where it’s going. The estimated time of this bus trip is 5 hours, around an hour and a half more than by car. .

With airplanes, you can travel across the country in a matter of hours. The same cannot be said for a bus. Driving is always slower than air travel and depending on the destination, traveling by bus may require lots of stops and layovers, adding to the travel time and taking away precious vacation time. But, you can save hundreds of dollars, which will make your vacation a lot more affordable.

As travel prices are increasing, it’s no wonder people are choosing a travel bus for travel. It’s much easier on the wallet. But if your time is much more important, and you can afford the higher cost, air travel is still the quickest way to get from point A to point B.