When I was a kid my dad used to come to visit via Greyhound bus (my parents separated when I was young). I developed a bad opinion of bus stations and bus travel in general as part of this experience, but things have really changed. As an alternative to regional air travel, Greyhound bus service offers a comfortable ride free from the annoyances of traveling through our nation’s airports. There are few things as painful to me as being squeezed into an airline’s seat for two hours, waiting for security, and waiting for baggage – and paying an arm and a leg for the privilege.
Bus Seats vs. Airplane Seats
Greyhound buses offer comfortable seating compared to the narrow, uncomfortable seats found on most commercial airliners. In fact, Greyhound bus seats feature headrests, footrests and a reclining option for maximum comfort. And don’t worry, you can actually recline the seats without driving a seat tray into another passengers knees thanks to the added legroom.
Twist Here for Air
Don’t you just love the little twist dials above an airline seat that controls your air? Not only is the air usually warmer than the cabin temperature, it is recycled air probably carrying a collection of germs from everyone on board. Greyhound buses are equipped with air conditioning, and all buses have tinted windows, which help reduce glare and heat build up inside the bus.
Greyhound recently introduced a new service called Bolt Bus which features eight daily trips between Washington, DC and New York City. Bolt Bus has acquired a fleet of Prevost X3-45 motor coaches that feature a smooth ride and many amenities aimed at the business traveler:
More Legroom: The standard coach configuration has been updated and seats removed to add about three inches of additional legroom per seat.
Free Wi-Fi: Surf the web while you ride using the provided wi-fi service. Hot spots are being added to address some service interruptions, and file downloads may be slow, but for checking email and surfing the web you can’t beat the price!
- Power Up: Standard 110 volt outlets are located throughout the bus to power up your personal electronic devices.
Bolt Bus fares start as low as $1 and vary depending on daily demand. As is true with most travel arrangements, the cheapest fares are secured a week or two in advance of travel. I fully expect these types of services to crop up around the country as gas prices continue to rise and complaints in the airline industry increase. This may also provide an excellent opportunity for daily commuters to turn the driving over to someone else while they spend the time working, relaxing or catching up on Frugal Dad’s latest posts!