OK, anyone taking a Greyhound Bus across country? I have, a few times. It's a unique experience. Some terrible, some actually not too bad. There's also a world of other bus lines out there. If you know of them, let us know what you thought of them. Links are helpful.
I actually don't mind taking the bus. You meet some interesting characters and see some things you normally would not. It's definitely not my favorite mode, but I won't shy away from it either. Other bus lines include the Wickenburg Connector...it connects Wickenburg, Arizona to the Phoenix metro area. I'll be taking Alaska Direct Bus Lines this coming May. I've also been on the Jackson Hole Express..I'm never sure whether to call that one a bus or a shuttle, though.
I was recently asked me if it was possible to bus to Alaska. Yes, it is. It probably will take a few transfers and some time...but no longer than a comparable distance within the US. You can take Greyhound Canada to Whitehorse. Most likely the various starting points will take you through Dawson Creek first. I have sometimes found a search one GC will not provide a good result. I'm not sure if there are any blackout dates. But for example, Vancouver to Whitehorse will have you transfer in Prince George and Dawson Creek. Most common US/Canada crossings--Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, but there may be others.
Once in Whitehorse you can take the Alaskan Direct Bus Line to Tok. From Tok they have two routes: one up to Fairbanks and the other across the Glenn Highway to Anchorage.
I'm planning on taking the greyhound from Rogers Arkansas to Bozeman MT in April. It is so cheap to travel this way. It will be my first long distance bus trip and several people have expressed their concern but I actually think it will be fun. If it's a disaster then I'll just chalk it up to a learning experience.
Taking the bus is fine if you can sleep anywhere, and are prepared to accept that you might end up next to someone you wouldn't choose.
However, I would seriously consider shipping your luggage instead of carrying it with you, or at the very least making sure you take a small carryon with essentials like a couple changes of clothes, etc. Last year I heard personal accounts of hikers (I was on the Appalachian Trail) who had taken Greyhound and their bag did not arrive at their destination when they did. In one case one of the busses had actually broken down and Greyhound transferred the passengers to an alternate bus, but it was considered too dangerous to transfer the luggage too. All three of these people waited at least 5 days for their backpacks to catch up to them, it took one man a month to get his back, and it was finally found back at the place he had set off from, and only because his brother took the initiative to actually go to the lost luggage to look for it, no-one at the company called to say it had been found, even though it was clearly marked with a luggage tag.
Until a couple of weeks ago I thought this may be unique to long trips with multiple transfers, but I was in the UK recently and took a 30 mile bus ride between two airports. At my final destination the driver unloaded the bags and one man suddenly realized that his was not there. Seems it can happen easily, and I will certainly consider taking mine on board with me next time I need to ride a bus in England, or shipping my luggage ahead by UPS etc if I have the time.
Luggage and hauling stuff would be a good topic. But there could be other problems too. Airline luggage problems are a old-time cliche joke. I have also known people who have shipped items and received an empty box with a form to fill out a detailed list of the contents that were supposedly shipped and they would attempt to find them in their "dead mail" section. I've also been too many places...airports, train stations and buses that really don't check luggage and anyone can pick them up. Maybe a sign posted to be careful with choosing your bags.
I'm guessing that's just a little under two days. Which way do you go? I'm not exactly sure where Rogers is located. Do you go north first then west?
Any mode of travel may have it's problems...I've been in a private car that broke down in the middle of the night in the rain and miles away from anywhere. I've been on buses that seem overful with whiny passengers and uncomfortable smells with four babies sitting close behind. I've been on a train that has sat on a track waiting for another train to pass...for more than two hours. I've been sitting delayed at an airport, then getting on to the plane and taxiing to the runway, only to sit there for more than an hour. I have waited at the dock for a ferry that supposedly was always on time, only to find that it's propeller had struck something and the Coast Guard insisted that we wait for the next one.
I guess what I'm saying is that one experience good or bad might not be normal. Or maybe what I'm saying is be glad you're not traveling with me;)
Bring some snacks and water. Maybe something to read or if you're into word puzzles. Some people bring a pillow. I have met someone interesting on every long-distance bus trip I have ever made.
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