Do you suddenly just want to get away? Maybe you are going to get an extra day off and have a long weekend? Maybe you just want to see something different for a few days. There are times when you have to fly but there are more when a bus may get you where you want to go. The problem becomes finding how you are going to get where you want to go. Unless you want to spend a lot of money, air travel is out. Even the train is expensive. That is where buses come in. One of the benefits of bus travel is that you can just go.
What are the benefits of bus travel?
- You do not have to get to the bus station three hours before you leave. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has an important job to do but does anyone enjoy dealing with those long lines at the airport? Probably not. One of the benefits of bus travel is that you do not have to deal with all of that. When you take the bus, you do not have to worry about what kind of shoes or belt you are wearing. Not only that, you can take more than three ounces of liquid on the bus so you do not have to buy a $5 water in the bus station before you get on your bus like you have to when you are at the airport.
- You cannot beat the price of travel by bus. You can travel from Washigton, DC to New York City for about $20. There is no way to even think that any other kind of transportation is going to be as inexpensive as traveling by bus. It is probably one of the best benefits of bus travel. It costs more to check your bags on a flight than the bus fare between these two cities. Many bus companies that have sprung up over the last few years with great deals to get lots of places around the country.
- You get free WiFi and power outlets on most buses. Airlines charge for WiFi and rarely have power outlets (unless you are in business or first class). Most buses have both making the ride on in which you can work, watch movies or just play on social media. The WiFi is often very reliable and what is more frustrating than when your device’s battery dies and you have no outlet? Not much.
- Bus drivers do not lose luggage. When you give your luggage to the airlines, you take a leap of faith every single time. This is not the case on a bus. Your bags are under you. You can see then go in and them get them back when you reach your destination. There is none of that disappointment when you get to your destination city and your bags do not. Also the buses do not charge you for the privilege of moving your luggage.
- Bus travel promotes spontaneity. As mentioned before, if you want to go away for a last minute trip over the weekend, you can do that when you travel by bus. It is another one of the top benefits of bus travel. With air travel, the further in advance you book, the better. That may be fine when you are planning that trip across country for Christmas but what about a last minute trip over Labor Day?
- It is environmentally friendly travel. One other thing to consider is how environmentally friendly ardinalbuses.com/resources/areas-served/indiana-charter-bus-tours/south-bend-bus-rental/” Title=”Comfort on board a bus, Charter bus”>buses are. The average coach bus can get about 206.6 passenger miles per gallon (MPG). When you compare that to airplanes, which average 44 MPG, passenger cars, which average 27.3 MPG (even hybrids only get 46 MPG), you can see you are doing something good for the planet when you travel by bus. Add to that the fact that for each full motor coach that is on the highway, you have removed 55 cars and the fact that buses add the least carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and you might as well be celebrating Earth Day on the bus.
Bus travel has a bad reputation but buses are clean, cheap, comfortable ways to go.