Travelling can be hectic when you do not have a car. Or even if you do, it is so tiring to drive many hours straight. Besides paying for expensive plane tickets, taking a bus is a way to go. If you live in the US, the UK, Canada or Europe, you are lucky enough to have Megabus. I have also shared my experience of how one can explore San Francisco in Two Days without a Car.
Megabus is an intercity bus service, who has been providing cheap travel services since 2006. And this post will focus on my experience with Megabus in California, USA.
You will start by making a reservation of megabus ticket on their website here. Once you book Megabus tickets online, you will get a confirmation email. It may suggest you print your ticket, but I can confirm that it is perfectly fine to screencap the email on your phone. On the travelling day, you can show your screen capped ticket to the driver before boarding. There is a driver’s assistant who will take your luggage if you have one.
These staff members are polite and professional. There were times that they arrived late due to the traffic, but it is understandable. And if your trip takes very long time, Megabus will make a short stop at gas stations or minimarts in between. This way, you can go to the restroom or buy some snacks there.
What is in the Megabus:
Megabus’ buses are double-decker. Please feel free to choose to sit on the lower or higher deck. If you are lucky, you will get the bus with a see-through roof. There is also power outlets available for every seat. But of course, some of them might not work, so I would like to advise you to check it first. Megabus also provides free Wi-fi even though the signal is not so favourable.
There is one bathroom in case you need it. Fortunately, it does not smell bad at all. They have some liquid chemical in the toilet to fix that problem.
The earlier you book, the cheaper the tickets are. You should definitely plan ahead for your journey. And if you are a light sleeper like I am, you should travel in the day time. At night, there will always be a few people who make noises, or moving vehicle alone can simply keep you from falling asleep.
A value of money:
The ticket can be as cheap as 1 dollar. Yes, you heard that right. If you are flexible with the travelling dates, I suggest you browse on Megabus’ website day by day to find the precious 1-dollar ticket. In my opinion, this is the best thing about Megabus. I manage to get a cheap megabus tickets and explored Los Angeles without a car. Even the most expensive tickets cost less than 30 dollars.
You spend so little to sit on a comfortable seat with an access to power outlets and Wi-fi. What more do you need?
For more details, please check on their website here.
Value For Money9.5/10
- High Comfort
- Great Value for Money
Useful review. Do they have discounts in the US like they do in the UK. Like £1 journeys?
Yes, they do. You just have to take your time to browse for it. 🙂
I’ve taken the Megabus several times. If you know what you are getting yourself into and are used to budget travel then it is a great! I’ve had them run late a time or two but it has never been too bad. You can’t beat the price!
Yeah. When they arrive late or drive not so smoothly, you can only tell yourself “Well, what do you expect?”. ^_^
I live in the Us and have never seen or heard of these! Great way for someone who doesn’t have a car or is looking for a cheap way to get from place to place to get around. Definitely a lot cheaper than flying!
I would love to explore a travel on this bus when I happen to. The mere fact that it has a bathroom that doesn’t even smell is enough since I have a small kid who is receiving bathroom training
Great tips on travelling in the USA. The mega busses have some cheap deals. They’re a good way to have a road trip without having to drive yourself.
If I only knew about this before! Just spend about two months in the US trying to figure out a cheap and comfortable deal like this. Next time I will use Megabus for sure! Thanks a lot!
I’m definitely going to check this out. I travel between cities here in the US all the time and never knew this existed! Glad to see you approve of it. 🙂 Do you prefer the upper or lower deck?
Megabus does have great value if you have enough time to allot getting from one city to another. I’m slightly terrified of double decker buses tho! For a $1 fare I may be willing to face my fears! 🙂
We have recently gotten Megabus here in Canada. I am not sure if it has reached the popularity here as it does in the United States. But I have seen really good deals so I am sure it will catch on and become very popular in the near future.
I too believe that the best way to see a place is by local transport. Its cheap, you get to see locals up-close and personal and you see a bigger picture of the place.
Bookmarked! First, because I love to travel with bus. Second, it is much cheaper to take bus! Third, I don’t need to self-drive like what you said. Haha..Just if I knew about this when I travelled to US early of this year. Useful information. Thanks for sharing.
Great Article! I love the Megabus too! Have you heard of SQM? They reimbursed me $50 for my bus ticket when I submitted my report on the customer service. It was an amazing travel hack I had never tried before and am so glad I discovered.
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