Heading to the big city?
Before you pack up your car, or book that flight or train, there’s another option you’re probably forgetting about.
This option is not necessarily for those seeking luxury or speed, but if you’re working within a budget, this may be your best choice!
If you haven’t guessed by now (or read the title), what I’m talking is taking the bus.
I used to think that taking the bus was only something that college kids or less fortunate people would take, but boy was I wrong.
This can be a great way to travel!
Here are several good reasons you should consider taking the bus on your next trip to the big city.
I’ve only taken the bus twice in my life, once when I was a broke college kid. The other was last winter when I took a trip to NYC and was looking for cheaper options than I was seeing.
And wow was it cheap!
The round trip flights from DC were going to cost me nearly $200 while a train would have been about $150.
Even driving the 5 hours is more expensive than you’d think, primarily due to the $40-$50 tolls you have to pay (unless you want to loop around the tolls to add 2 hours to the trip…).
Instead, I remembered how I took the bus all those years ago. I looked up the route and found a match!
$48 round trip!! I booked immediately.
In the past, I probably would have chosen the cheapest option in my mind and just driven.
By searching around though and reviewing my options I actually found an even cheaper option that was more convenient for me!
I again am visiting NYC this weekend and scored some $42 bus tickets back in January, even better than last time!
If you’re diligent and look far enough in advance, you can even find tickets for as cheap as $1. Yep, you read that right.
Now, not all bus tickets are this cheap. The more popular the route, the more options there are, the cheaper the tickets will be. This is why I mentioned your trip to the big city, because it’s on these trips that you’ll usually find the cheapest tickets.
Distance also needs to be considered. You would not find me booking a round trip bus ticket to Seattle, no matter how cheap it is.
Another great thing about the bus is how convenient it can be.
No need to arrive hours beforehand to stand in outrageous lines at the airport.
Though it is recommended that you arrive early, typically you just need to stand in line right before boarding your bus trip.
When compared to driving your car?
Taking the bus, you’d have no need to pay attention to the road, deal with bad drivers and/or sit in traffic.You also can do so many other things you wouldn’t be able to do while driving, such as read, sleep, watch a show, etc.
Sounds pretty ideal to me!
On longer trips they even schedule in 10-15 minute stops at rest stops so you can stretch out or grab food if need be.
All this, for a lower cost and about the same time as it would take you to drive? Why not!?
I’ve also noticed that some buses have more leg room than airlines. As a tall guy, you always notice these things.
Compared with airplanes and trains, buses are easily the most eco-friendly way to travel.
Most people know that airplanes are not a very green way to travel. But trains aren’t very good themselves either.
Taking the bus also means that there is one less car on the road. While buses have more emissions than cars, they can also carry more people which lowers their emissions per person.
This means that by taking the bus, not only can you save money, but you can also be helping the planet!
Would you take the Bus?
I get it, the bus isn’t meant for everyone. Many people have complaints when riding the bus.
I’ve seen and heard of comments such as long delays, poor restrooms, cramped seating and legroom, among a myriad of other complaints.
Ultimately though, are those not so different than say, taking an airplane?
Sure the overall travel time may be longer on a bus, but in some instances is it really worth an extra $100+ to take that flight?
I think this is certainly qualifies as one of those interesting debates between spending time vs money, which will ultimately vary from person to person depending on their preferences.
For me? If it’s somewhere I’m willing to drive, I now will always check to see if there’s a cheap bus ticket. Sometimes it looks like it’ll be worth it, and other times not.
For those looking to save money on travel, this could be your ticket!
Have you ever taken the bus before? If so, would you do it again?