When traveling by bus in the United States it comes down to two bus companies: Greyhound vs Megabus. They both have large networks spanning across the U.S. as opposed to BoltBus, which operates only in the Northeast region and West Coast region. Compared to other modes of transportation, bussing is the cheapest way to get around the U.S.
Similarities between Greyhound and Megabus
- Not reliable
- Sometimes the wifi and outlets don’t work, sometimes it arrives late, sometimes they take just take forever
- Safety concerns
- Certain pick up and drop off locations feel sketchy, especially if you choose the cheapest option, which tends to pick up and drop off in the middle of the night
- Megabus even goes as far to describe the buses as “luxury”. They’re not the best seats in the world, but they’re not bad either.
Tips for taking Greyhound vs Megabus
This year was Greyhound’s 100th year anniversary, which sparked their image rebrand. I’ve yet to ride a new Greyhound bus and feel spoiled by my experience abroad.
- Print your ticket! Unlike Megabus, which allows you to show the ticket on your phone, Greyhound requires a printed. Otherwise you will have to pay another ticket.
- Book early. If you know in advance, try and book it early. Tickets can cost as low as one dollar! Use Wanderu to compare prices.
- Don’t rely on either to be timely.
- Typically, Greyhound wifi and outlets work more often than Megabus’.
- Your experience on both Greyhound and Megabus will vary. I read other reviews on Greyhound vs Megabus and it seems the experience depends on where you’re going. I’m not sure why, since overall experience should be standard for the companies.
In the end, when I decide Greyhound vs Megabus, I go with whichever is cheaper. Until there is a real difference between the two, my budget comes first.
What was your experience like on Greyhound, Megabus, or even BoltBus? Which do you prefer?