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Old 02-19-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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I am planning to take a greyhound bus to New York in March, it's called the greyhound neon and it's only $84 roundtrip. This is about $100 cheaper than amtrek trains.

Has anyone ever done this? What was your experience like? The trip will be anywhere from 10-12 hours.
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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Not to New York, but I did a one way greyhound trip from Kansas City to Vancouver, an exhausting 48 hour trip which was a bit of a nightmare so I'd never do that again.

10 - 12 hours shouldn't be too bad but expect some delays if you have to transfer from one bus to another. Get in line early to get on the bus so you can get a good seat. Experienced bus riders will make a rush to get the best seats. Try to get a window seat on the right hand side of the bus, anywhere between the front of the bus to the middle. In an aisle seat you risk getting bumped often by people walking past to the toilet at the back. If you take a seat at the back of the bus it's much bumpier and sways more, also, if there are any people with youngsters or any teens on the bus they tend to sit at the back of the bus and can be noisy and disruptive.

You might want to take a small carry-on back-pack with food/beverage. Rest stops that provide food are rather expensive. Wear a warm jacket or take a light weight car blanket that can be rolled up to use as a pillow for support or to cover yourself because the bus is kind of chilly. If you're travelling at night don't expect to get much sleep.

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Old 02-19-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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I know someone who did these many years ago and they didn't have any problems with it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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It is not bad at all if you find stuff to do, either sleeping, listening to the music and chatting with friends. The Neon Bus even has wifi so you can bring your laptop if you like.

By the way. $84 is not cheap. If you buy well in advance, you can get $2.5 round trip tickets. I have done that.

Travel by trains in Canada, forget about it. Slow and expensive. You get 300-400 km an hour in Europe, but 100km here, and it is sometimes more expensive than air. Sometimes I wonder why bother having passenger trains in Canada at all since it is so inefficient time and money-wise.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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hi,

I took a greyhound bus from miami to key west in february 2010, and it was one of the worst experiences ever.I needed 2 tickets, one for me, one for my cousin.
-first of all,while I was paying, I realized that I needed an american credit card with an american billing address, (in my case I had a american card with a french billing address). So I asked to someone else to pay.As a consequence, I had to pay a tax of 11 dollars more per tickets....,
-then I got a receipt, and they sent me the tickets at home. But I forgot the tickets, so we decided to go to greyhound station the D-day, thinking that in any case we had the receipt, and our name, our credit card number and our receipt were also in their computer. But in spite of all these information, the woman refused to let us entering in the bus and asked us to pay again for other tickets!!!! ( 84 dollars)
-fortunately, I got the tickets sent to miami before the end of the trip, so we could get new tickets, (would like to precise that we had to pay 15 dollars more for each)
-finally, the bus driver was kind of impolite, which does not make the trip very comfortable.

So that's it, I just really want people to know how bad is this company. If you can avoid just do it, take for example gotobus, boltbus or megabus, I never have any problem with them.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:57 PM
 
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+1 on skipping it if you can.

took it once from montreal. left berri station at midnight and arrived to port authority at around 10 - with the normal drive from my place to manhattan usually taking a little under 7 hours.

it was horrible. a last resort option only

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Old 04-21-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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yes, i have taken a greyhound from Toronto -> NYC. the trip took close to 12 hours. i wouldn't do it again. in fact, i wouldn't take greyhound anywhere again.

nothing against greyhound, but, i just don't like being confined during long road trips on someone else's schedule.

if i had to go to TO->NYC again, i'd just drive myself. much better experience.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:46 AM
 
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My brother does this all the time when he visits me and I can't even imagine how he does it. I used to take them from Toronto to Ottawa all the time and even that trip was awful. But it depends on what you're used to. If you can sleep comfortably sitting up, if you have a lot of personal entertainment devices, if you don't mind using those tiny bathrooms, I mean, who knows, you might think it's no big deal at all, like my brother!
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