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Old 06-16-2015, 01:43 AM
 
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It's weird. I feel so worn out after a Greyhound trip. I'm just sitting and riding. I don't feel this way after riding Amtrak though. I actually feel somewhat refreshed after riding Amtrak.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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I'd agree with you. Part of the reason may be that when you travel by Greyhound you can be travelling on interstates and there's not always a lot to look at out of the window. Amtrak seems, to me, to offer more to see, plus you get extra leg room and can also get up to walk around more than on a bus. I also find it easier to chat with the person next to me on a train and, at the risk of getting panned for saying this, I think it's because you tend to get more interesting people travelling by train, at least for someone of my age (early 60s).
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:18 AM
 
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I don't feel more tired riding a bus vs. riding a train.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:12 AM
 
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I haven't traveled by Greyhound, but I would guess it has a lot to do with the fact that you're basically confined to a cramped seat. On Amtrak, the seats are roomy and comfortable, and you can get up and move around, even go to the dining car.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I haven't traveled by Greyhound, but I would guess it has a lot to do with the fact that you're basically confined to a cramped seat. On Amtrak, the seats are roomy and comfortable, and you can get up and move around, even go to the dining car.
Yes I agree this explains a lot. In addition, on Greyhound you are moving along with the traffic, which means that you may be zipping along at highway speeds, or it may mean you're stopping and starting. And it's very tiring to be constantly stopping and starting, speeding up and slowing down. Whereas on Amtrak, in general, you're moving at a smooth, constant rate of speed while in-between stations.

I used to ride Greyhound fairly frequently, but it's probably been 25 years, at least, since I've stepped foot on one. And I find that I don't miss it.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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I think it also depends on what route you take Greyhound. I've travelled from Philadelphia to NYC (at night), and Columbus OH to Indianapolis, by bus. Neither journey was enjoyable because almost every seat was taken, you couldn't spread out, and could only shift your position a little in your seat. Louisville KY to Columbus, on the other hand, was more interesting, a tad more scenic (but I like to look at the farms, barns, and water towers the bus passes so I'm easily pleased), and there was also a 40 minute-long break in Cincinnati where ongoing passengers could stretch their legs and grab a bite to eat.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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I haven't traveled by Greyhound, but I would guess it has a lot to do with the fact that you're basically confined to a cramped seat. On Amtrak, the seats are roomy and comfortable, and you can get up and move around, even go to the dining car.

Agreed. And it is difficult to get up and walk around on a bus.

I will NOT ride Greyhound as I have had too many issues over the year. Generally, I go Megabus.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Some of the most interesting trips I've taken by bus have been upon those occasions when there were very few passengers -- ideally, only the driver and myself (I have a background in transportation, so it's not hard to get an interesting conversation going). Best opportunities for this are on Saturday/Sunday overnights, or the morning of a major Holiday.

Admittedly, that doesn't make for too many opportunities, but the point is, the more passengers on the bus, the more restricted the individual feels. The idiot who further disrupts things by trying to sneak a cigarette in the rest room is the last straw, and the men and women who drive those buses earn every cent of their pay.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I'm tired after traveling, period. Doesn't matter if I'm flying, on a bus, or on Amtrak/other rail.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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The creepy people on the bus prevent me from relaxing. The train seems to draw a better class of passenger.

Seats on Greyhound are not as roomy as seats on the train, but they beat the heck out of the seats on an airplane.

A big part of it with traveling on the bus is that it takes forever. They stop at every little Podunk town.
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