The Pros & Cons of Riding Greyhound

 

The Pros & Cons of Riding Greyhound I recently rode the Greyhound Bus for the 1st time in over ten years. Overall, the experience was a good one. There were a few things that were different than from what I remember.

Let’s start off with the basics. On Greyhound, each customer can check one bag for free. If the customer needs to check a 2nd bag, it would only cost $20. That’s cheaper than most airlines. You are also allowed one carry-on item. As long as the item fits under your seat or in the top bin, you’re good. Greyhound does not have assigned seating. They do offer priority boarding for an additional cost. With priority boarding, a rider can board the bus before the other customers. Next, I’m going to discuss the pros of Greyhound.

Pricing

My Greyhound ticket from Atlanta to Charlotte was $45 round trip. That’s a hell of a deal. That was cheaper than getting a rental car. Before booking with Greyhound, I checked the price on the Mega Bus website. The ticket was about $20 more on there. It also didn’t hurt that I booked my ticket a month before my trip either.

Bigger Seats

The seats were much bigger on the Greyhound bus than I remembered. I used to ride the bus back and forth between Savannah and Atlanta when I was in college all the time. The seats were not as nice back then as they are now. The seats on the two buses that I rode were comfortable and much more spacious than they used to be.

Outlets

I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were outlets on the buses. This is something that Greyhound has added to its fleet within the last few years. The outlets come in handy. They allow you to charge your devices such as a phone or laptop during your trip. Speaking of laptops, let’s move on to the next thing.

Wi-Fi

Greyhound now offers Wi-Fi on their buses, to me that was a big deal. I was able to work on posts and check e-mails when I was going to and from Charlotte. Overall, the Wi-Fi worked pretty well. It was faster when we were near bigger cities, but the good thing is that it worked. It’s good to see that Greyhound is keeping up with the times.

Clean

Both of the buses that I rode on were surprisingly very clean. In the past, I’ve seen gum and stains on the floors and the windows. I didn’t see any of that this time. The seat, the aisles, and the windows were clean.

There were only three cons that I had about the trip.

Temperature

The temperature on the bus was cold as hell for most of the trip. If you ever decide to ride the Greyhound bus, please make sure you bring a jacket or a hoodie with you. You will need it. If I didn’t have my hoodie, I would have been freezing my butt off during most of the trip.

Cell Phones

Most people were respectful enough to not be on their cell phones for too long. One lady that was a few rows behind me was on her cell for damn near an hour. Thankfully, I had headphones and could block her out. I feel sorry for the people who were sitting directly beside her.

Late Arrival

The bus arrived in Charlotte an hour later that it was supposed to. I’m glad I didn’t have anything planned because I would have been pissed. The trip back to Atlanta got us there right on time.

Besides those three cons, my Greyhound trip was a success. I would probably use it again if I were going somewhere less than 6 hours from Atlanta. It also seems like the competition with Mega Bus has helped Greyhound for the better.

Do you ride Greyhound? How has your experience riding Greyhound been? Would you ride the bus again?

 

 

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  1. I passed a Greyhound bus the other day and thought back to my college days and said ” the struggle was real ” lol. After looking at this review, I see that the ol’ Greyhound has had some upgrades. Based on this review I would consider riding again if I had to.

  2. Your post brings back memories, I used to ride the Greyhound all the time, not to many years ago.
    I agree with almost everything you wrote in your article. The one thing I do hate about greyhound is the number of stops. You seem to hit every single small town between destinations, and it just adds more and more time for your trip.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. With the busy highways anymore, taking the greyhound bus for out of town trips, rather than driving yourself, makes a lot of sense, especially if they’ve started considering passenger comfort.
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  4. I haven’t travelled by Greyhound in decades. It’s nice to hear how pleasant your experience was. Long distances often make bus travel not a great option for me, but I will remember to consider it as a possibility in some cases.
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  5. I haven’t ridden Greyhound in years and years. One of the reasons is that the New York bus terminal, Port Authority, is a filthy dive and while that’s not Greyhound’s fault the nastiness of the terminal becomes a reflection on travel by bus.
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