Travel by long-distance buses, also known as coaches.

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What's the longest scheduled public bus ride in the world?

I'm about to take a depressingly long bus ride in Latin America and am wondering what the longest scheduled public bus ride in the world is. By 'scheduled' I mean for there to be a regularly ...
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First-Time Greyhound Traveller

I'll be travelling by myself and by Greyhound bus for the first time at the end of August. I'll be going from Toronto, ON to Winona St. University, MN. I'll be coming back after two weeks, and both ...
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Why would your passports be collected on buses in Chile?

A colleague is travelling in Chile at present, and on a bus trip from San Pedro de Atacama to Arica, the bus driver insisted on collecting and holding on to all their passports for the duration of the ...
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Why do we have to get out off the bus in a ferry?

When I was traveling from London to Paris by coach, we need to cross the English Channel by getting on a ferry. After the bus has entered and parked in the ferry, all of the passengers were asked to ...
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Cheap bus lines in Germany, something like Orangeways?

Are there any cheap bus lines inside Germany? Something like Orangeways? I've checked Deutsche Bahn cost for transport from Berlin to München and I was shocked with the price about 100 Euro. By ...
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Why do there seem to be no long distance buses in France?

User iHaveacomputer's answer to a question about smoking and EU trains and buses mentions that in Germany the state-owned railway has a monopoly on long-distance travel. On my first trip to ...
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Do bus stations have names in Latin letters in Tokyo

I'm planning to visit Tokyo this year, trying to plan out my trip, but in Google maps I get things like: x03towards xxxx (where x is a Japanese letter) This is a bus station. Are they available in ...
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Is there an equivalent to “The Man in Seat Sixty-One” for bus travel?

Whenever I want to learn about train travel for a specific country of region I first go to the site The Man in seat sixty-one. It lists the major routes, railway companies and describes rolling stock ...
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Greyhound: How early should I get to the bus station?

Some bad fortune has required me to change my Thanksgiving travel plans at the last minute. I canceled my train ticket and bought a Greyhound bus ticket instead. I'm concerned by this language on the ...
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How reliable is the Cuban public transport network?

I am going on holiday to Cuba for two weeks and would like to do lots of exploring of different areas and towns travelling mostly by bus and possibly train (avoiding air travel where possible). My ...
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Do long-distance buses in Iceland typically permit getting off outside timetabled stops?

When I have taken long-distance buses in northern Sweden or northern Norway, I have frequently gotten off the bus at arbitrary spots along the route, by talking to the bus driver, often far from any ...
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San Francisco to Los Angeles: bus or plane?

Coming from Europe, I have been living in San Francisco for a month, and this is my first visit to America. In two months, I will have to go to Los Angeles for a meeting. Obviously, taking the plane ...
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Cheap way to travel last minute across France by public transport?

The starting point and end point are not very important, but it will probably be Lille (~Belgium border) and end point around Hendaye (~Spanish border) I am planning to spend ~3 days crossing. Time ...
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Is there any common website for Spanish intercity bus timetables?

As I wrote in an answer some time ago, there are, in my opinion, very good bus connections in Andalusia (and elsewhere in Spain). But I don't know of a single site where you could easily check the ...
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What's a cheap, convenient way to get from Amsterdam to Brussels?

Since Fyra stopped transportation between Amsterdam and Brussels I was wondering if there is way to get there cheaper and convenient than usual NS trains with two over stops. I found that megabus has ...
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How can I have “will call” Greyhound tickets picked up without a photo ID?

A good friend's daughter is in a bad way. Not to get into too many irrelevant details, but... She was sent to Arizona to dry out, ended up getting ripped off and is currently living in a shelter. ...
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What's the furthest south (in Chile) that you can get from Santiago, Chile by public bus?

If you look at a map of Chile, it's long and thin, and as you get further south, more and more rugged. At some points you require boat, it would seem, to continue. But potentially buses may go on ...
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Are there any night bus companies, with beds, in Europe?

I heard of companies in South America that travel by night and offer beds in the bus. A friend, recently in Colombia, used them and refered to that as: "very good service, the buses are very high ...
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What is the cheapest / fastest way to get from Brussels to Paris?

There are several ways of getting from Brussels to Paris. The fastest is probably the train, but it gets more expensive when you buy the ticket on the last minute. My question can be really split ...
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Using trains and buses in India without advance booking?

We talked about the different booking periods on Indian trains, and also about which class one might want to use. We learned that locals may ride on the roof of trains because the trains are too ...
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Visit Northern Ontario from Toronto without a car?

If I wish to visit the towns of Northern Ontario starting from Toronto on a budget and I do not drive a car, what are my best options? Greyhound? Is there anything else? Like an organised car pool/...
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Is it normal for Swedish long-distance bus/coach drivers not to count for missing passengers after rest stops?

Back in 2001 or 2002 I was travelling by coach in Sweden because it was cheaper than the train. There was a break for lunch and I believe it was 15 minutes. I didn't have a watch and didn't spot a ...
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Sydney–Melbourne by other means than flying

It's my understanding that nowadays most people travelling between Sydney and Melbourne would fly. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) Besides being more environmentally sustainable, would it make much sense, ...
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Do any Mexican bus lines provide Internet access?

Mexico has quite a variety of inter-city bus lines, ranging from cheap, to "luxury." I've only ever ridden one, for about a 1-hour trip, and I slept most of the way, so I can't say my experience is ...
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Does Eurolines provide a map (list or other resource) with origin / destination cities (or locations)?

I am assessing my needs to do some travel and one of the options I am considering is bus. I went to the eurolines website but they don't seem to have an overall europe origin/destination table to see ...
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Do buses run 24 hours a day in Barcelona?

We have found out that the metro in Barcelona operates from 05:00 to midnight (most of the time). However we have planned a couple of trips which last longer than that. Any idea if the buses operate ...
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Getting to the Tatacoa desert

I'll be staying in Salento. What are my options to get to the Tatacoa desert using public transportation? I would guess I can take a bus to Ibague, then from Ibague to Aipe and from there a small boat ...
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Where can I find details of the bus between Tbilisi Georgia and Baku Azerbaijan?

WikiTravel and other easily Google-able sources tell me there are buses that run between the Georgian and Azeri capital cities, but no details. I'd like to know the follow for a Chinese guest who just ...
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Is there a reason to prefer the bus to the train in the Czech Republic?

I'm traveling to Brno for a conference, and am making last-minute travel plans. The recommendation is to fly into Vienna and take ground transportation from there, as Brno's own airport is very small. ...
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Is there Wi-Fi and electric socket in long-distance buses in Germany?

Traveling with Polish bus operator PolskiBus I got used to electric socket and free Wi-Fi on board. I could just charge my smartphone and browse internet or read books. How does it look like in long-...
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Are there any good, cheap bus companies to use for traveling around the western United States?

A few years ago, I used to ride Greyhound for short trips, but I remember them being crammed and sometimes smelly. In the Midwest, I've learned of and used Megabus, which has seats like an airplane, ...
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How to know when to get on and off for transfers on Greyhound?

This is my first time riding the Greyhound bus by myself. I'm very scared, I don't know when to get on and off the bus, and I'm also scared to ask for help. I have two transfers in the whole trip. ...
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Is there a centralised website for bus travel in Brazil?

In Argentina, for example, plataforma10 was generally the go-to website for travellers for bus companies - while it didn't do every company, it had most of the big ones, and to all destinations in ...
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Unlimited Greyhound or Amtrak trips in US/Canada?

I've heard mention of 'limitless' tickets in North America, either by bus or train. Do these exist? What are the conditions and prices?
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How to spend 1am to 7am in NYC port authority

I am returning home for thanksgiving and am doing so by bus. I have bought my ticket and apparently my bus will arrive at the New York city port authority Bus terminal ( 625 8th Ave, New York, NY ...
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What are the bus (coach) connections from Thessaloniki, Greece to Tbilisi, Georgia?

Well I'm worried the bad weather has set in and I have to switch from hitchhiking to public transport. I know there are buses from Istanbul to Tbilisi but I wonder if there might even be a direct bus ...
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How much extra time should I reserve to enter the US from Canada with the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Bus as a European VWP citizen?

As a citizen of a VWP country (The Netherlands), I do not need ESTA to enter the USA by land: If you are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and you enter ...
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Land transportation between Asunción, Paraguay and Santiago, Chile

I just booked my flight from Asunción to Santiago, but it occurred to me that given how short of a trip it is (based on the flight time, anyway), I started wondering if I might have been able to make ...
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Buses from Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey

A guy in my hostel here in Plovdiv wants to take a bus to Istanbul but finding the info on the net is a bit tricky. This site seems to suggest at least two Turkish bus companies do the trip. One of ...
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How can I work out the price of a UK bus fare online?

I find it vexing and confusing that, while I can get a price for any train ticket, coach ticket, plane ticket, taxi fare etc., there's no obvious way to look up the price of a bus ticket. First - who ...
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Do the bus routes in Paris follow a regular pattern?

I will be in Paris soon and I consider an 'unlimited' day pass for public transport. But I would like to know a bit more about the bus lines. When having a day pass for public transport in a city it ...
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Is there a site that gives travelling opportunities in Europe if you don't care about the destination or the date?

I'm interested in travelling around Europe the cheapest way possible, but I don't really care about the order in which I visit countries and I'm 100% flexible for both departure and return date. I'm ...
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What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?

I'm spending some time in Vitória, Brazil, and have been using a bit of the public transportation. The buses, unlike any I've seen in other cities, have an on-board turnstile, where you must pay a ...
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Three days in Montenegro, looking for good beaches, where should we go?

I'm planning to stay three days in Montenegro. I'm looking for fine beaches and I'm travelling by bus. I've been to Budva earlier in my holiday and it was ok, but I'd like something less "commercial" ...
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Where will my bus be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York?

I am using Greyhound to go from NY to DC. I don't see on my ticket where exactly my bus will be. Is this information on my ticket somewhere or do I just go to Port Authority and ask? This is my first ...
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Best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by public transport (no Greyhound)

What is the best (cheapest) way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by public transport? I don't want to take Greyhound because I've had bad experiences with them and their locations are inconvenient....
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Do I have wifi on the main Peru bus companies, such as Cruz del Sur, Ormeño or Oltursa?

Do I have wireless internet on the main Peru bus companies, such as Cruz del Sur, Ormeño or Oltursa ? That would be nice since my bus trips usually last around 10 hours
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Do I need a Chilean identification number just to buy a bus ticket?

I'm trying to buy a bus ticket within Chile, from either Pullman or Tur bus. As far as I can tell, I need to have a rut to be able to buy a ticket. The order forms won't allow me to continue without ...
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Am I allowed in the gas station shop without buying anything when waiting for my bus, in Canada?

In Canada (and probably other countries like the US), in some towns (usually too small to have a bus station), intercity buses stop at gas stations or convenience stores close to a highway. I was ...
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How to find inter-country buses in Europe?

I was traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt, and when I asked a tourist information, the guy advised that the best way is train. I took the train, and when arrived in Frankfurt, I found that there is a ...