I am thinking about taking the Grey Hound instead of flying this summer. I have only been on the Grey Hound once, and it was quite a while ago, and wasn't very far. This time I need to go from Ann Arbor, MI to Albuquerque, NM. It is about 1 day 15 hours, one way!
I would rather have the quickness of flying, but I would like to save some money (and I don't think I should subject my old car to the long trip). I also thought it might be a fun and different thing to do. I could see the landscape, and could occupy myself with books, podcasts, sleeping, etc.
I would like to know if any of you fruities have had experiences riding the Grey Hound, especially if you have done it since being 811rv, and especially if you have riden long distances. I am planning to bring dates and apples, and whatever else I have room for. I am also planning to bring my jump rope so that I can maybe get off the bus at stops and quickly get a little blood pumping.
Any experiences or other ideas would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
I've been trying to search but haven't been able to find a flight that compares with the price for the grey hound ticket bought in advance. I am still considering just flying, but would like to give the bus the benefit of the doubt.
You make a good point about the dates, bananas would be more conducive to sleeping!
Have you had something really bad happen to you on the grey hound?
Would you be willing to share what you were displeased with?
Yikes, thank you for your experience.
I've heard some stories like this as well. Wouldn't it be nice if they made it safer for people to ride the bus? It just seems like there should be better transportation alternatives to flying, without such things occurring. It makes me just want to hop on the plane where everyone seems to mind their own business. It would just be great if there were a quality alternative that was a bit more low-key instead of having to go to a huge airport and pass through all the security, etc. I guess low-key = low-quality most of the time...
Ah. Well that's no good. I would call in a complaint to head office, for whatever good it might do.
I think it definitely depends on where the bus is coming from and going to. I only have experience with Grey Hound in Canada so my experience could be irrelevant
I take Greyhound on a regular basis. I don't drive a vehicle and never have so I am reliant upon my bicycle and Greyhound. I have never had a problem with the service. I have always found them to be pleasant and have been able to bring all sorts of luggage on board.
They state that you should not eat on the bus but I've ignored this every trip and had no repercussions.
The only thing I've noticed is that the bus is very cold all year round. I can barely stand to be in the bus more than a few hours because I get cold quite easily. Also, I'm not sure how comfortable you'd be sitting in those seats for a day and a half. You get about as much room as a plane seat. That being the case, you're not likely to find a bus with more seat room and if you ask to turn the temperature up, they will listen to you.
Haha A2 is right in my back yard!
I've road Greyhound back and forth from A2 to DC. not horrible, but if your are taller than 5 ft, i found it difficult to sleep. As for food, bring your own, they stop at terminals and greasy rest stops with the occaisional side of starbucks. Most buses do have a bathroom on board. Not much else to say other than sit and stare or read.