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New Site Helps Travelers Make Budget Bus Decisions

May 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | ()

There’s plenty of budget bus lines running routes across the globe, and now there’s one group looking to connect them in hopes of helping us all out. BusBud is the movement behind this idea, and they’re doing their thing to connect and link up the loads of different options and connections.

BusBud does the searching for you, so that means you can connect between two cities that usually aren’t an option when only searching one line or one operator. Results are consolidated in a neat and shiny package—their website—and the fares are offered up in the local currency. That’s especially handy as BusBud searches in North America as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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Greyhound Celebrates 100 Years with Extra Special Buses

May 15, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | ()

Love ‘em or hate ‘em Greyhound knows how to do bus travel, and this year they’re celebrating 100 years of getting passengers from here to there. To show off a little bit of their history they’re taking the show on the road, as they look to share the story of their business in the same way they make money—by driving around the country.

Greyhound is launching this Centennial Tour beginning on May 29, as a pair of mobile museums begin to travel around the nifty fifty. The plan is to hit up and visit around 40 cities over the next seven months or so, as two buses will display memorabilia and vintage goodies along with touchscreen displays.

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More $1 Bus Rides to Florida with Megabus' New Routes

May 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | ()

Fans of Florida now have more options for getting into and out of the state, and we’re not talking about bumming a ride from Grandma and Grandpa. Megabus, the budget bus company who've been driving around Florida and the rest of the country for a few years now, is expanding their Sunshine State routes.

Orlando is getting the bulk of the new options, with buses to Miami, Tallahassee, and Tampa. If those destinations aren’t where you need to be—no problem—as Orlando also does the Megabus thing to places like Gainesville and Jacksonville, as well as Atlanta.

As is usually the case with Megabus, there's cheap $1 fares can be had, but they do require a little bit of planning and advance reservations. So if you’re looking to head from Orlando to New Orleans—yet another new option—check things out and get to booking it sooner rather than later.

[Photo: holl7510]

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Greyhound Buses Get a Little More Bearable with Streaming Entertainment

Where: Texas
July 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM | by | ()

If your summer travel budget is a little short and you're passing on the planes, Greyhound may be in your near future. This was once a reason to groan, but aside from watching America whiz by on your way to your destination, you can now catch up on the latest new releases on your way to a fabulous summer vacation.

We already told you about the bus line's plans to outfit their fleet with wifi, and now that technology is making trips even more enjoyable, as long as you have your own wifi-enabled device.

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Yo, Go Between NYC and Philly with Yo! Buses

January 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking to move your Chinatown bus travel from one carrier to another—then we’ve got good news—as it looks like another low cost bus line is hitting the market. They’re calling it YO! and it looks like that things have been running now for a few months. So if you’re looking for an affordable way to get from here to there, it just might be worth taking them for a spin.

YO!—that name and stylization is already getting annoying—is apparently an offering from both Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Line, as they’re joining forces to bring the bus to one and all. According to them the new bus name comes from the pronunciation of a Chinese word that means “to protect,” so maybe they’ll be focused on safety as well as just speed, cost, and convenience.

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Megabus Bringing Buses Back to Cali with Hubs in SF and LA

December 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM | by | ()

If airfare is out of control this holiday season there’s always an alternative way to get to family and friends, and it doesn’t involve hitchhiking or Craigslist. The cheap bus options are on the move again, and Megabus is getting ready to expand even more.

The busy bus line plans to upgrade its offerings in both California and Nevada, as Megabus is going to setup hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This will open up nonstop options to spots like Oakland, Las Vegas, Riverside, Reno, San Jose, and Sacramento—as well as back and forth between San Francisco and Los Angeles—beginning at just $1 each way. As always, the earlier you book the better when it comes to catching one of the low, low fares, so if you have any plans to travel by bus it’s a good idea to start searching now.

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Megabus is Pretty Much Giving Away Seats in the UK

November 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM | by | ()

Everyone knows that those low-cost carriers practically give away the cheap flights over in Europe, but there’s also another kind of low-cost carrier—buses.

Megabus has made its way to the shores of the United States, but they still have a special place in their hearts for the citizens across the pond. That's especially the case for those who call the United Kingdom home.

To celebrate winter they’re giving away 10,000 free tickets to destinations all over the country, and it’s all part of their Megabus Winter Sale. Just like the cheapie airlines, these ground guys also know how to stick it to travelers when it comes to the fees and charges. The free tickets are almost free, as you'll still be plonking down 50 pence as a reservation fee.

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Get Unlimited Travel on Greyhound (Better Than It Sounds)

April 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM | by | ()

We don't rave about Greyhound much around these parts – we're much more partial to their shinier little sister, BoltBus. But we were checking out Greyhound's twitter feed today and stumbled upon something kinda cool.

Greyhound just announced a big price drop on their Discovery Pass – an option we didn't even know existed. Turns out Greyhound offers the option of Eurorail-style unlimited travel – you can buy a 7, 14, 30, or 60 day pass, which gives you unlimited rides throughout (most of) the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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Will You Ever Go Back to Greyhound?

April 16, 2009 at 1:09 PM | by | ()

We're pretty big BoltBus advocates around these parts, and when they don't have a cheap fare, we generally go with Megabus or a Chinatown line. Even though we travel between New York, DC, Philly and Boston pretty frequently, it's been a long time since we've been on a Greyhound.

So we're not sure how we feel about Greyhound's new buses—they've got free WiFi, power outlets, and more leg room—basically everything Bolt has minus the $1 fares. We know we shouldn't feel weird about considering taking Greyhound again—after all, they (very quietly) own BoltBus, so what's the difference? But there's something about it that just doesn't sit right with us. Thinking about going back to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and waiting in those cramped underground lines just doesn't seem as cool as picking up Bolt on the curb, even though we know our money is going to the same place.

Has anyone tried the shiny new Greyhound buses yet? Will you go back or are you also addicted to Bolt? Let us know your preferred method for bus travel in comments below.

Related Stories:
· Wanna Ride Greyhound? Tell Them in 140 Characters or Less [Jaunted]
· Handy Search Tool Helps Navigate the Cheap-o Bus Wars [Jaunted]
· Bus travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Greyhound]

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Handy Search Tool Helps Navigate the Cheap-o Bus Wars

April 10, 2009 at 8:41 AM | by | ()

We can't decide whether to file this one under "best travel search innovation since Hopstop," or "damn! Why didn't we think of this first?"

The savvy folks over at the new Bus Junction realized the only thing wrong with all these cheap-o Northeast bus lines is that it can be time-consuming for cheapskate riders to browse all of them in search of the cheapest of the cheap fares. So they created a Kayak-like search engine—just plug in your date and destination, and they'll show you all of your options, including the Chinatown lines, BoltBus, MegaBus and Greyhound.

They don't seem to have it worked out perfectly yet. Most notably, there's no Washington Deluxe, one of the most reliable lines for DC to NY rides. But even so, this totally just doubled our cheapskate travel productivity.

Related Stories:
· Bus Junction [Official Site]
· BoltBus versus MegaBus, Round Two [Jaunted]
· Bus travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: kenudigit]

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BoltBus versus MegaBus, Round Two

April 6, 2009 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

Have you thrifty travelers noticed cheap-o Northeast bus lines BoltBus and MegaBus have been getting a little less crowded (and a lot harder to get those $1 fares on) lately?

Yes, Jaunted's 2008 Best Travel Newcomer and its double-decker competitor are now very much on the MSM radar. The latest to check them out is ABC Baltimore, which ran a BoltBus vs. MegaBus comparison in anticipation of BoltBus' upcoming Baltimore-to-New York service, where it joins MegaBus, already running an astounding 32 trips a day between the two cities.

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Please Welcome TripperBus to the Discount NYC Bus Scene

Where: Madison Square Garden [map], New York, NY, United States
February 12, 2009 at 10:16 AM | by | ()

The crazy traffic around Madison Square Garden and Penn Station gets even more crowded starting today as another discount bus service starts running the popular NYC - Metro DC route. Our friends at NewYorkology have alerted us about the birth of TripperBus, an independently owned and operated bus line which will compete with the already established Megabus, BoltBus, Fung Wah, and Lucky Star buses for a few dollars from frugal New Yorkers looking for a quick weekend in the nation's capital.

As usual, more competition means lower ticket prices and better service, and it looks like TripperBus is ready to join the bus big leagues with free wifi and fares from $1 to $25 each way. Just don't start clicking to book just yet; they are circumventing the typical Washington DC traffic by stopping instead in Bethesda, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia. As a result, they will probably become the choice bus of overnighters headed to see friends or family who live in the Metro DC area. Since we're still keen on the big city life and attractions of downtown DC, we'll stick with BoltBus until someone ponies up with free snacks.

Related Stories:
· TripperBus [Official Site]
· TripperBus Offering $1 Fare Between NYC-DC Area [NewYorkology]
· Bus Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[View from a Megabus double-decker: haaaley]