A Megabus Review
If you are living, working, or will soon travel between the U.S., United Kingdom, or Canada, then MegaBus can be a good resource for you. Especially if you are a budget traveler and do a bit of planning.
Traditionally, Americans have always been somewhat budget shy when it comes to topics like transportation. What I mean is that we are taught to believe that anything sounding too good to be true probably is. Not a bad defense mechanism to have, but people can occasionally miss out on good deals. For example, what if I told you that you could get a bus ride between select major cities in the United States for $1.50? Likely, you would be skeptical. Heck, I was too.
The fact is you can. If you are planning a trip at least a few weeks in advance MegaBus offers really good deals.
Little known in the Americas, mainly because it originates across the pond in the United Kingdom, is MegaBus. MegaBus has recently stepped into the U.S. and Canadian markets posing a challenge to the traditionally more expensive methods of transportation that we are accustomed to using.
How does Megabus work?
As far as I can tell, MegaBus plays the numbers game using a bell curve type operation. What that translates into is that the people booking several weeks to months in advance will capitalize on extremely cheap tickets. The people who buy tickets a week or two before will pay slightly lower to average ticket prices. Finally, the people who buy tickets a few days before will pay normal bus fares. Essentially, the early bird gets the worm. They are able to do this because they offer more seats than traditional Greyhounds or Coaches because they use double-decker buses.
Where can you go?
The majority of their tickets in the Americas connect the New England region’s cities. However, their market has recently crept into more locations in the mid-west, Appalachian region, and even into the southern United States. MegaBus also connects Canada to the US through Toronto and Buffalo. You can travel between several cities in Canada between Montreal and Toronto. Additionally, you can travel between most major cities in England.
Who should use it?
Anyone who is considering or open to traveling by bus should use Megabus. You can likely benefit from their services if you will be traveling in any of the regions that I listed above.
What you need to know
When you purchase a ticket from MegaBus they will send you a confirmation email. In that email, there is a long number. That number is your ticket number, which you need to have to board the bus. The driver will ask for it when he/she is checking you in. It is acceptable if you just have it written in a notepad or on your phone.
MegaBus also uses affiliate bus companies. Therefore, depending on your route, you may not always be going via an actual MegaBus. However, you will be still paying MegaBus prices. They effectively just reserve you a seat on an affiliate bus.
My Megabus review in short
I have used MegaBus multiple times. I have been on their buses multiple times as well as on their affiliate buses. MegaBus, like all budget companies, is exactly what you pay for. It will get you from your departure point to your destination, and save you some money. You will not be traveling in style. The wireless internet that they advertise rarely works well, and the seats are snug meaning that you do not have much room to stretch.
The design and look of the bus is nice as they are typically double-deck English-style buses, and it is hard to miss because the bus is designed with bright and colorful graphics.
- MegaBus does not always leave from an actual bus station, look for the bus sign picture below.
- For great prices, look at least 3 weeks in advance. A month or more is better if you can.
MegaBus is a company that I am happy to see enter and expand in the US market. They have given budget conscious travelers, students, and others, new opportunities for getting around the Americas cheaply.
As Americans look for solutions and alternatives to driving or flying, I look forward to seeing MegaBus’s presence continue to grow. I think that the economy has done wonders for the company as people are now more than ever, looking for good deals.
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