Worldwide Bus Travel Tips

10 Tips & Tricks for Bus Travel in the US

You can now search and book bus tickets for 3,800 of Greyhound’s North American routes directly on Busbud.com. To celebrate, we’ve made the United States our Country of the Month! Traveling in the US? Read up on everything you need to know about bus travel in The Ultimate Guide to Bus Travel in the USA.

New York City
New York City

Traveling in the US by bus is one of the best ways to discover the unrivalled scenic gems its regions have to offer – something you’ll definitely miss if you take the plane. With plenty of paved roads and highways that are perfect for creating the ideal road trip, not only is the bus a greener, more flexible alternative, but it’s also the least expensive way to visit the entire country. From deserts in the Southwest, to the bustling city centers of the East coast, here are our 10 tips & tricks for bus travel in the US.

1. Let the scenery sweep you off your feet
Travelers with a penchant for wanderlust usually revel in the idea of an offbeat adventure, and choosing the bus will help you get there. Riding a bus in the US is perfect for visiting more than one city or town off the beaten path because they usually take routes that differ from those taken by the train. These journeys boast an array of mountainous panoramas, forests, lakes, and city lights, making it easy to unearth the many wonders that dot the US’ landscape. One example is the bus ride to New York City at night: You’ll see the Big Apple lit up from a distance as you approach the city, making for impressive, postcard-like photos.

Bear Lake, Utah - Todd Petrie, toddwendy
Bear Lake, Utah – Todd Petrie

2. Take advantage of full stops
Another great way to snap Instagram-worthy pictures is by getting off the bus! Not only are these breaks welcome during longer trips, they’re ideal for uncovering the territory’s geographic variety. If you’re traveling by day, you’ll begin sightseeing before reaching your destination – for free. How does stopping off at the rest stop in Bear Lake, Utah, which overlooks its National Forest’s picturesque lake and mountains, sound?

3. Pack snacks
The best way to get through a long voyage is to pack travel-friendly snacks. Certain types of fruits travel well, while dried fruits, nuts, and pre-packaged goods are perfect for on-the-go munchies. You can also pick up a sandwich on the road at one of the many rest stop, which also have plenty of familiar fast food joints. Lastly, don’t forget to pack a water bottle to stay hydrated!

4. Dress for appropriate climates
The US covers a vast amount of geographical territory, making for an array of diverse climates. From the notorious winters of the north, to resort-like temperatures in the south, the weather will definitely depend on when you’re traveling and where you’re headed, so ensure you dress wisely!

Anaheim
Anaheim

5. Get comfortable
Consider upgrading to first class for the ultimate luxury. North America’s first class buses offer services that are often at par with certain airline amenities. Do your research in advance to ensure that your bus provider has a first class option as certain companies will offer reclining leather seats, head and food rests, ample leg room, WiFi, power outlets, and movie screens, among other perks.

6. Research and book your bus tickets online
Search your departure date & time and book your ticket with Busbud. Once that’s done, simply arrive at the bus terminal and board stress free! What’s more, it’s an eco-friendly alternative to other modes of transportation.

7. Arrive early
Seats are not assigned and work on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to arrive at least one to two hours before your bus is scheduled for departure and don’t be surprised to find fellow passengers already forming a line to get onto the next bus!

San Francisco
San Francisco

8. Remain organized
If you’re traveling to or from a city in Canada or Mexico, avoid delays at border checkpoints by having your passport, additional pieces of I.D., and bus tickets in order and within reach.

9. Chat with your neighbors
Unlike traveling by car, bus travel is the perfect way to meet fellow travelers. After all, it’s the conversations we have with the people we encounter along the way that make the best memories. Take the opportunity to chat with your neighbors and you may just make a new friend!

10. And your bus driver
Chat your driver up during breaks. You’ll be amazed at how much they know – and how much they’ve seen. They will even give you tips on which side of the bus you should sit on to get the nicest views…and photos!

Search and book your bus tickets to and from the United States directly on Busbud.com

Have you taken the bus throughout the US and have some tips you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!