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Old 02-04-2017, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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The last time I took Greyhound was for just a day trip in northern CA. I'd sold my car in a town about 5 hours away, and took Greyhound back home.

The bus was pretty much on time. It was not even half full. My experience was that any sketchy types sit in the back of the bus. This is also where the dirty, stinky toilet was.

Other than the toilet being the down side of the trip (even the sketchy guys at the back of the bus were respectful to me, as a grey-haired old lady), sitting up front by the driver was great. No smells and no foul language.

So, that is my advice - sit up front.

And because most riders like the back of the bus, the seats up front were in much better condition, too.

Some of the Greyhound bus stations are absolutely appalling. If you have the choice between the bathroom on the bus and the bus station, it would appear the bus is normally the better option - even though it's gross, too.

If there had been an Amtrak train, I'd have taken that instead, even for more money, as the ride is cleaner and just more pleasant overall. Greyhound will get you there, but I'd rather avoid it in the future whenever possible.
Funny - just like in school with the bad kids/troublemakers in the back and the nice kids in the front!

I do like Amtrak as there is more room, you can walk around and get snacks, and most even have wifi now.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I did Florida to NY once, it was a long time ago and while the trip was long and boring it wasn't a nightmare..
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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Sure, OP, Greyhounds are great for the budget traveler. Highly re them! Take one from Philly to NYC for $12...can't beat it!
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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Funny - just like in school with the bad kids/troublemakers in the back and the nice kids in the front!

I do like Amtrak as there is more room, you can walk around and get snacks, and most even have wifi now.

Yes, train is more comfy, but you have to have the $.
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:17 AM
 
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I've taken the bus between Boston and NYC dozens of time without incident.
Yep. I do it too multiple times a year & there is wifi.

It's great.
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:03 AM
 
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The trip wasn't as bad as the reputation that Greyhound has.

The trip took 5 hrs and 45 min and was efficient.
I'm glad you had a good trip with no problems, but lets be realistic here.. Just under six hours is an extremely short trip.

I did Greyhound from California to North Carolina once. It took 10 days, and was anything but efficient.. 12 hour layovers in the middle of... somewhere with nothing to eat but the $10 bus station hot dogs, a 16 hour ride on the next leg, with another 10-12 hour layover at the next stop.

Yes, it was an uneventful 10 days so I can't really comment on the other people on the bus, but efficient it was not. Again, congrats and I'm glad you enjoyed it, but keep that in mind if you might be thinking about a longer trip..
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:08 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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megabus, bolt, chinatown buses are both cheaper and better quality than greyhound or peter pan.
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Old 02-04-2017, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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megabus, bolt, chinatown buses are both cheaper and better quality than greyhound or peter pan.
Agreed!
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:02 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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megabus, bolt, chinatown buses are both cheaper and better quality than greyhound or peter pan.
The Megabus trip from Chicago to Memphis was awful both times my sister took it.
The driver had his radio turned up too loud, and at the end, the driver made a disparaging remark about my Chinese sister being the only non Black on the bus.

Sounds like other routes might do a bit better.

I've ridden Greyhound. Being a White minority never bothered me, and didn't when I rode it down through Alabama to Panama City.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:18 PM
 
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megabus, bolt, chinatown buses are both cheaper and better quality than greyhound or peter pan.
Megabus and Bolt Bus can be cheaper and at least are reliable. They don't go as many places as Greyhound, though. Megabus also sometimes runs routes at odd hours and at times has stops in side-of-the-road places, but I've generally been happy with them.

The Chinatown buses, while often cheap, have a past history of mechanical and safety issues from cutting corners and have been forced to suspend service in past. I won't use them, myself.
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