As you plan your holiday travels, don’t overlook the option of bus travel. Over the years, the motorcoach industry has grown into an economically viable—and often surprisingly comfortable—way to go, especially on routes of 400 miles or less.
Greyhound is probably the most well-known option, particularly on the busy Northeast Corridor. But there are also low-cost services like its subsidiary, BoltBus, and the one that’s popular among business travelers, LimoLiner. MegaBus has grown from the East Coast to service regions throughout the U.S.
These services have amenities to compete with airlines and trains, including Wi-Fi and roomier seating.
This past summer, BoltBus announced its new services in the Pacific Northwest, between Portland and Seattle. That area also has a service called Northwest Trailways, which provides intercity service in Washington and Idaho.
And if you’re not sure which bus is the best option for you, check out a resource called Busjunction.com.
Although it doesn’t include every regional bus option, it’s a search engine that gathers thousands of fares and schedules from several bus carriers, so you can figure out which bus line works for you.
Find more money-saving tips in our Driving & Car Rental section.
Check out Peter’s investigative report on motorcoach safety in this CBS Sunday Morning special.
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