5 Tips For Riding MegaBus

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Have you heard of Megabus? It’s an easy, reliable, and affordable way to travel to by bus different parts of The United States and Canada. I recently had my first experience with them from Atlanta to Charlotte, the ride cost me $13.50 one way and I had no complaints! There are a few things you need to know so here are 5 tips to help you enjoy your riding experience.

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 1. Arrive early. Because the fares are so low, they attract many people.  Seats are not assigned, it’s on a first come first serve basis. For this reason, you should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure (maybe even an hour) so you can line up and get a good spot in line.

2. Don’t over stuff your checked bag. You can check your bag but it must be less than 50 pounds. They have luggage scales and they will weigh your bag if it appears too heavy. I saw a woman have to rearrange her bags in order to check them on the bus.

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3. Bring wet wipes.  The bus isn’t cleaned after each journey so please bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down your area. There also isn’t a sink in the bathroom, just antibacterial gel, so be prepared for that.

4. Bring a travel blanket. The bus can be a bit chilly so if you get cold, pack a travel blanket in your purse or carry on bag. It’s an easy way to stay warm as you have no control over the settings.

5. Bring your own food. There is a Mega Snack truck where you can get a few things but there isn’t anything healthy. You are allowed to bring your own food to travel with you so feel free to bring what you need to make your journey better.

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There you have it! 5 ways to help you enjoy your bus riding experience. If flying isn’t for you but you want to still travel, traveling by bus is a perfect alternative.  Megabus is an extremely affordable way to travel and one you should take advantage of if possible!

Roni

Roni

Roni is a trilingual travel expert and a former tour guide. While living overseas, she learned so much about traveling, how to adapt, how to stay calm in unexpected situations and how to relax and enjoy life.

8 Comments

  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Tiara

    I LOVE traveling by Megabus. It is my go to when I need a quick trip to NY and NJ but don’t want to deal with all of the Tolls. The ride from DC to NY is around 4 hours. I have learned to try to ride the 7AM bus because it is usually very quiet then since most people get on and go back to sleep. And if I am only going up to shop for the day I ride the very last bus back to DC. Again because it is quiet and everyone is sleeping. I never thought about bringing the wipes though. Great Tip! Thanks for sharing.

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    Reply August 27, 2014

    Nadeen

    My family takes the megabus from Atlanta to Orlando often! They love the fact that it’s affordable and convenient overnight times so you don’t miss out much of time spent vacationing or with families. They also mentioned it has free wifi!

  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Lovenia

    I’ve been hearing good things about Megabus and after reading this post I’m definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for the warning about no sinks!

  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Khalia

    Neat article. I had never heard of the MegaBus. Now I know about another option.

  • Reply August 28, 2014

    nicoleisthenewblack

    Never tried megabus. Shame they dont clean them in between each trip but I guess you get what you pay for. Thanks for the tips!!

  • Reply August 29, 2014

    Kristen Noelle

    Great idea for the disinfectant wipes. Bolt Bus is also anther low cost option similar to Megabus that I’d recommend! I’d take them both from DC to NYC quite often. Now that I’m based on the West Coast, I’ve taken Bolt from LA to Vegas and I hope to visit other parts of California as well.

    xo, Krist | peachesbeachesandurbanistas.com

  • Reply September 1, 2014

    Léonicka

    I’ve taken the Megabus a few times and it’s pretty great. It has wifi and outlets which is awesome considering the price. Way cheaper than Greyhound to get from Canada to major US cities. Plus it makes flying out of US airports a viable option when looking for cheap fares.

  • Reply February 15, 2015

    Dana

    Love Megabus! I got a roundtrip ticket from NYC to Toronto for 60 bucks. While it was a 10 hour trip, I didn’t mind it at all. I got to read, sleep, and enjoy talking to complete strangers.

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