Bus Travel

Bus Travel 101: The Wheels on the Bus…..

July 3, 2015

Woo, I made it to Philly!

I also learned that I’m practically incapable of getting off at the right bus stop. Oh well, you learn something new everyday.


And while bussing is generally the most frowned upon mode of transportation, I’ve found that for short distances, it’s totally fine. I took Megabus (one of the cheapest bus services) to Philly and it was really civilised and organised. Were I heading to a different part of the country i’d look for a NYC bus charter, or one local to the area, and see what the prices are like. Because I got there early (like 20-minutes-early; I’m one of those people), I even got a seat on the second level of the bus to myself.

Bus travel gets a bad rep for being the worse but it really does have it’s redeeming qualities.(<- spoken as a true reformed woman; I used to loathe the idea of bus travel). Some advantages of bus travel are:

+ It’s Cheap
You can literally go from NYC to DC round trip for just $5. Perfect for students who have the rest of their lives to pay for fancy travel.
+Widely accessible.
Megabus has service in the US, the UK and some of continental Europe. Not bad right?

You book it online and just show up with a confirmation code. No airport security or complicated transfers.

Disadvantages: it’s a bus. Jk. But in all honesty the only downside is just that bus travel generally takes a bit more time (speed limits on a highway ? speed limits in the air). But honestly, if you’re not pressed for time, bussing is well worth it.

There are also a few tips that I picked up on this most recent excursion:
+ Bring a jacket/blanket (that AC is blasting)
+ Water makes everything better (always hydrating)
+ Know where to get on/off (and actually get there early)

What are your thoughts on bus travel? Are you a car, train or plane person?

PS. I’m taking a long weekend. See you guys on Tuesday! xx

*Images from here and here.

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  • Gemma July 3, 2015 at 10:40

    I don’t live far from home (only about 2 hours) so when I do get the chance to return, I take the bus. I usually use Peter Pan/Greyhound, though, because of the wifi and familiarity. Taking a bus makes the most sense in my situation, since I don’t own a car and a plane would just be a waste to shorten 2 hours lol.


    • Pia S July 5, 2015 at 03:15

      I totallllllllly get you. I don’t drive and flying that distance feels silly. Thanks for reading!!!!

  • Romantiquely July 3, 2015 at 11:41

    Need to keep these tips in mind for next time! Lovely post as usual love! xxxxx


    • Pia S July 5, 2015 at 03:14

      Aw thank you! You’re always too sweet <3

  • Shannyn @frugalbeautiful.com July 3, 2015 at 20:57

    I’ve taken the bus a few times. It’s definitely a good way to get from A to B cheaply for college students. The speed is a little annoying, but if you can get a bus with WiFi, it’s not as bad.

    • Pia S July 5, 2015 at 03:14

      Right?? There are some different options but agreed, buses are definitely the cheapest.

  • Denise July 4, 2015 at 16:22

    Well done! I think buses are fine. I love buses, to tell you the truth. OK, 3 thousand miles need a plane, maybe, but buses could also be good and a nice adventure!

    • Pia S July 5, 2015 at 03:12

      Totally agreed. I wouldn’t go more than five hours by bus preferably. Thanks for reading!

  • natasha July 4, 2015 at 17:41

    i’m not a fan of buses for long distance journeys – i once had to get a coach overnight from scotland to london and it was awful, but maybe it was just bad luck (i got landed with a coach from like the 1950s or something)

    absolutely love the design of your blog btw!

    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

    • Pia S July 5, 2015 at 03:11

      Thank so much natasha!! i was NOT a fan of bus travel until just now either.

  • Aubrey July 6, 2015 at 10:23

    I love taking the train I think it is much easier.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

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