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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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Are there any rules of thumb for the most comfortable seats on a long distance bus?

I traveled recently by bus and I was wondering about comfort. In a plane there are a couple of rules of thumb when it comes to picking a place that provides a bit of extra comfort. (E.g.: sitting in ...
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

I find it extremely difficult to get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand, mainly for the reasons as: The bus stop usually doesn't have a recognizable sign on which stop it is. Thai characters and ...
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Who goes first? Person disembarking bus or the bicycle?

In Greece, where I am from, we don't have bicycles as a means of going to work, like for example in Germany (what a paradox given the weather!), the country I visit now. So, there are bicycle lanes ...
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Using oyster card in buses

How are bus rides accounted for when using an Oyster card? London Underground stations have ticket barriers that scan the card on entry and exit, but using a bus the card is only scanned when boarding....
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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 are Damri bus stations elevated?

In Indonesia, certainly on Lombok and I think I also saw it on Bali, there is the Damri bus company. What appeared to me as rather odd, was that their bus stations had an elevated platform (around one ...
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Leaving Italy without paying a bus fine

My wife and I got bus fines today in Bologna. We had only recently arrived and had purchased a ticket from where we were staying which was about 6 or 7 km from the city. The hotel receptionist ...
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What is the cheapest way of travelling between London and Paris by public transportation?

I am looking for the cheapest way to travel between London and Paris, by public transportation. I'm planning a 2-month trip to Paris for this summer. I wonder how to get from London to Paris spending ...
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Transiting through Switzerland by coach with lots of cash

Within a couple of weeks I will be going to Belgium from Italy with Flixbus, and in the travel I may transit Switzerland, which is part of the Schengen Area but not part of the EU, which means that ...
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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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Bus failed to pick us up; must the operator refund our taxi fare?

I bought a ticket for the Vienna Erdberg to Bratislava Airport section of a bus route. The bus was on time but failed to stop at Vienna Erdberg—incredibly, it just whizzed past me and some 15 other ...
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Greyhound: can I ensure I get a seat on the bus I want to use?

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 do I use the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao (HKZM) bridge?

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao (HKZM) Bridge is scheduled to opened on July 1st October 23rd, 2018. There will apparently be buses every 5-15 minutes between the three cities, but I'm having trouble ...
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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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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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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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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 or 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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With '7-day Unlimited MetroCard' in NY do I have to wait 18 minutes to transfer from one line to another?

Let's say during my trip I have to make a transfer from one line to another. According to the Google search I did, I found that in most of the stations where multiple lines are interconnected, we can ...
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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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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 Europe ...
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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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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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Can a 15-passenger van use the bus lane in Montreal?

In Quebec, a 15-passenger van requires a mini-bus licence. https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/road-safety/modes-transportation/in-a-fifteen-passenger-van/what-the-law-says/ So I'm wondering if 15-passenger ...
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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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Which buses from London to Continental Europe take the ferry?

I'm a Canadian flying to London next year and I want to take the ferry to Europe. I see fares to Brussels that look good at around $40 round trip, but I don't wanna do the Channel Tunnel, I wanna take ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In 1 inch (2.5 cm) of snow, would Amtrak be much faster than a bus?

Traveling from Boston to New York Tuesday night. Light snow forcasted. (What speed would a bus drive? MPH. What speed would a train ride? MPH)
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Can a tourist pre-book and travel with Indre Namdal Trafikk bus line 17-599 Namsskogan – Smalåsen?

According to various travel planners, including Entur, Opentripplanner and Transitfeeds, there is a 03:28 bus from Namsskogan stasjon to Smalåsen, presumably timed to correspond with the arrival of ...
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Heathrow to Gatwick and traffic jam

I will land on Heathrow airport on a Sunday morning (October 23rd, 8:30 am) and take the national express bus directly to Gatwick (bus leaves at 10:05 am). I will have five hours between landing and ...
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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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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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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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Do airlines replace cancelled short-haul flights by buses? If not, why not?

When trains are cancelled (at least in Europe), and there are no alternative ways to get travellers to their destination by train a little bit later, there are often replaced by buses to get ...
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Identification for ticket collection

I have a friend who is stuck in Marble Falls TX. She was riding with another friend who went to jail and she was left with no ride home, but she left her purse at home in Livingston TX which contained ...
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Can I get a Tallinja card on arrival at Malta airport?

I gather that as of summer 2015, Malta has introduced a stored-value card for use on buses, much along the lines of London's Oyster card or Hong Kong's Octopus card. The Maltese version is called 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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Are there any Postbuses left in the UK?

For a number of years, Royal Mail operated Postbus services, in rural areas of the UK. These delivered the mail, as well as carrying passengers. In many places were the only sort of public transport, ...
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Remedies when bus company makes me miss a flight [closed]

I'm buying a bus ticket to get to Boston 23 hours before my flight to ensure I reach my departure airport on time. If I didn't arrange bus transport well in advance, what legal remedies would I have ...
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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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Why are sleeper buses so rare in some parts of the world, yet common in others?

Although night trains frequently have sleeper services, until recently, I had never come across sleeper buses. The man in seat61 reports their existence in Laos, and apparently they are used in N-...
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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 book Indian buses and trains in advance without an Indian phone number?

Is it possible these days to book Indian buses and trains in advance without an Indian phone number? When I look online, all sites and apps require an Indian phone number, which as a non-Indian, I do ...
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Using public transportation in Malta to see as much of Malta (towns, villages, landmarks, etc.) as possible in a logical & systematic way?

I shall be visiting Malta for two weeks this summer and shall be staying in Mellieha, located in the north of the island, close to the ferry terminal where one can travel to its sister island - Gozo. ...
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What to do if the plane/train/bus ticket is stored on the phone and the phone is lost or damaged or stops working?

Allowing passengers to display their flight ticket on their smartphone instead of having to carry a printout, was a good move. It's necessary to show it to get into the airport and to get the boarding ...
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Are all trains/buses within the EU non-smoking? What about smoking on platforms?

No, I'm not a smoker, but some friends coming on a trip with me are, and they want to know what their options are (I suppose some of the 12+ hour journeys we have planned frighten them). Personally, ...
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