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Rarely does one see so many misconceptions in one question! coach will definitely or almost certainly be stopped in Switzerland for checks on luggage and things, can I risk being seized all my money by Swiss authorities or will I have to give them something? ... I've been told that Swiss authorities are quite ruthless. ... but even ...


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If motion sickness is a consideration As a child suffering from motion sickness I would always try to sit between or above the wheels. In modern buses you do not see the wheels but the area between the wheels is still the area with the least swaying motions. Forward view If you want forward view, the front seat on the other side as the driver is great. In ...


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They do not need to - there is a fixed fare per bus journey (£1.50 at the time of writing), no matter how long you travel. It gets a little bit more complicated if taking more than one journey - with the new 'Hopper Fare' you can make unlimited journeys (on busses) within one hour. A British transport enthusiast celebrated this by changing bus over twenty ...


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The bicycle riders have to be careful and wait if necessary. Here is a German newspaper article on the subject. The basis for the rule is § 20 of the German traffic regulations (StVO), whose first two paragraphs translate roughly to: (1) Busses, trams, and school busses, which stop at designated stopping points (sign number 224), may only be passed ...


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I work at Busbud, where we're working to aggregate all the world's bus providers and routes. I had a look though our database. We're sure we don't know about everything yet, but we've found a lot of routes. There are several long routes in South and North America. I compared them using the driving distance calculated by Google Maps. Looking for trips with ...


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The stop button is exactly there to ask the driver to stop at the next stop. If you can't get to a button, please politely request someone and they will be happy to press it for you. Here is some interesting insight that could help you. The following information comes from the Big Red Book, which is the official instructions guide for TFL Bus drivers. As ...


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If you are not time sensitive, then Eurostar Snap is an option. You pick a day and either morning or afternoon and then get told the train time the day before. (It lets them fill empty seats.) There are seats at £25 within the next couple of weeks, and that leaves you in central London/Paris.


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Just to add to the above guys answers. Маршрутка (Marshrutka) is a slang. It's a shortened version of "Маршрутное такси" (can be roughly translated as "Routed" taxi, essentially a taxi that has a specified route that it always has to take). Usually looks like a minibus/minicab. Therefore can behave like a bus: has a timetable goes through a specific route ...


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There are no remedies. Greyhound's terms and conditions explicitly disclaim liability for delays: In no event shall carrier be liable for consequential or incidental damages for loss, damage or delay, including weather delays. And as far as I know, there are no laws in the US that would require them to give you any kind of compensation beyond what the ...


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One other thing to consider when choosing which side of the bus to sit on is where the sun will be during your trip, based on the time of day and overall direction of travel. Sitting on the sunny side of the bus can be less comfortable in terms of both temperature and glare, so I generally choose to sit on the shady side if possible.


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You have to leave the coach to make evacuation easier. Even in ferries where your coach stays on the top deck, you sometimes have to leave the vehicle. This is because in case of accident, the fear is that it will take too long to escape the vehicle and the risk of going down with the ferry is high. And it is not just for rogue waves, it is also for the ...


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I decided to give my contribution here as I'm often crossing the border between Italy and Switzerland by train and sometimes by bus: Border inspections both from Swiss and Italians authorities are very common (I would say between 50 and 70 per cent of the times); the typical question is whether you are carrying cash, valuables and securities, and they ...


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In fact, your potential for scenic views will be higher on virtually any mode of transportation other than the bus (plane, train, private car, boat). There is quite stunning scenery along the coast. Amtrak's Coast Starlight follows some of it, between San Luis Obispo and Oxnard, and a seat can be had for as little as $60 coach. But keep in mind that this ...


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One inch (2.5 cm) of falling snow changes pretty much nothing. Even more so for a heavy vehicle. Snow melts easily by the passing of vehicles and so most motorways do not have more than a very thin layer of snow after an inch (2.5 cm) of snowfall. At 4 inches (1 dm), it starts making a difference, depending on the rate of falling. Both bus and train take ...


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Even when I can read signs, it's not always easy to navigate public transport. [Try the New York subway system, although there may be announcements they are not always intelligible. Add in a few service alterations (The downtown F will be running on the Q) and all kind of fun may ensue ;-] Strategies for buses in general, not just in Bangkok: 1). Research ...


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Transport does not work that way If you book separate segments from separate companies, they don't owe you anything for a missed connection. They got you to the agreed location, their job is done. If you book a multi segment ticket "thru" from a single airline, then that airline is responsible for your missed connections. So for instance if Delta sold ...


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No. The 18 minute limit applies only in the same station. You can use the card in any other station as soon as you are able to get there. The most common related problem encountered by tourists is getting in on the wrong side of a station where you can't cross from one side to the other without leaving the station. Then they are at the mercy of the ...


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Until few months ago, french railways had the monopoly of long distance travel. This has changed recently and Eurolines now offers a few hundred intercity connections.


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I think you might be able to use a password instead. See Greyhound's Purchase Options page: Gift Ticket Orders (GTO) are available for purchase on this website. GTO allows you to purchase a ticket online for another person. This ticket is delivered to the departure bus station, under the following criteria: The buyer pays a non-refundable gift ...


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Greyhound provides a locator on their website. Just type in the city where you're stopping and it will give you the station(s) there and their addresses, even phone number and hours. That's tricky to answer, it depends on where you're going, whether there's an event there, what time of day, etc., but generally my experience with bus travel is always the ...


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It is still quite common, yes. In Sweden, long-distance buses are only staffed by the driver, and they only check for tickets on stops where people get on or off. On stops for bathroom break or when a longer stop is necessary for some reason, the bus driver will announce on the intercom how long the bus will be at the station, and when it will leave. As ...


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Just to clarify first, travelling on rooftops happens on small train routes - local trains that stop at each and every small station, typically not run using electric engines, slow routes et al. For most long distance travel, this will not be the case. The stereotypical image of people hanging out of train coaches used as filler shots in montages in ...


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Welcome to bus travel! :-) I work for Busbud, a bus travel site. This trip requires you to take three buses each way A long trip on Greyhound from Toronto to Chicago, crossing the border at Windsor/Detroit. A short hop from Chicago up to Milwaukee on Greyhound. A medium distance trip across Wisconsin operated by Greyhound's partner company Jefferson Lines. ...


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The roads are the M25 and M23 and early on a Sunday are quite likely to be deserted. There are no significant road works on either at present. Your transit time should be about 45 minutes. With heavy traffic it can take just over an hour. The distance is 38 miles, according to Google Maps. At the moment The AA is showing 57 minutes as there is some delay ...


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I just asked the customer service and there is a bus service operating on demand between Namsskogan station and Smalåsen for every train stopping in Namsskogan. The service must be ordered in advance, either by contacting customer service by phone +4707417 or +4775771861 (the short service number is not necessarily reachable from outside Norway). The price ...


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That's actually the bus line and its destination, and the Google Maps directions already convert both the starting and ending stops into English (well, romanized Japanese). For example, if going from Roppongi to Shibuya, the only sane choice is the 都01 (Metropolitan #1) bus and this is what you get: (courtesy Google) "Ex Theater Roppongimae" (EXシアター六本木前) ...


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This answer would be incomplete without a picturesque Marshrutka: (courtesy Wikipedia) A typical 13-pax GAZel painted in yellow and with route details.


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Normally you being there in plenty of time should ensure you are the first-came, and excess passengers would be put on after the rest of you. However, this is Greyhound we're talking about, and to further complicate, this is Thanksgiving, the day of the year rules just don't apply ;) According to one source: As the ticket policy suggests, Greyhound ...


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The platform and high-entry door provide what is called 'Platform Level Boarding'. Platform level boarding refers to a transport system (normally relevant to buses) where the doors are at the same level as the platform the passenger is entering the bus from. The main advantage of such a system is that people can enter and exit the bus faster, as they do ...


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