Before so many people had their own cars, buses were right there with trains as the most preferred method of travel. It’s decreased in popularity to a degree but is now starting to make a comeback as a viable part of transportation if one needs to get out of town economically. Still, there are pros and cons of bus travel; let’s look at some of those now.

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1. Very economical. My wife took a trip out of town to a city 3 hours away. It cost her $50 for a round trip ticket. By car, gas alone would have been $56 before she drove her first mile, round trip, $112. The further you go, the more money you save.

2. Cushy seats. The seats on a bus are very comfortable now when it comes to long distance travel. Some bus lines even have seats that lay out like the seats on an airplane.

3. Power source. The bus line my wife was on had a way you could plug in whatever you needed, either a traditional plug or something like a car charger. Too bad she didn’t realize it until she was an hour from home on the trip back.

4. No screening. This is either good or bad. You don’t have to take stuff off or out of your pocket. You don’t have anyone scanning you or going through your luggage. When the bus shows up you show them your ticket and get on; easy as pie.


1. Lots of stops. Even on very long trips, you’re stopping all the time. Some people like that, others absolutely hate it. And the stops aren’t necessarily timed but up to the discretion of the driver, so you might be sitting somewhere more than 30 minutes.

2. No bathrooms. Some buses these days do have a lavatory but the overwhelming majority don’t. If you’re in a bad way you might have a long wait before you get to a rest area; you’re the one not upset with all those stops.

3. Funky people. Sure, you get that on a plane sometimes when the air isn’t working properly but you also know the trip is going to be relatively short. Some bus rides can take as long as 24 hours or more; that could feel oppressive after awhile.

4. Bus drivers. Compared to other modes of travel, bus drivers are the least trained of all travel sources. Often you end up with a bus driver who’s not familiar with the route and doesn’t have the benefit of all the electronic contraptions airline pilots or railroad engineers have. And every once in awhile you get one that’s not used to driving in bad conditions.

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