Originating in the UK, Megabus
has been expanding across the US rapidly
bringing low cost intercity bus travel to the
masses. Megabus is best for inline
service, ie no bus changes. With that
said, if you want to go a long distance on
Megabus, you have to buy separate tickets for
each leg. If you wanted to go from San
Antonio to New York, you would have to buy a
ticket from San Antonio to Dallas, Dallas to
Memphis and Memphis to New York. The
problem is that Megabus offers no connection
guarantees so that means worse case scenario if
for whatever reason your bus from San Antonio to
Dallas was late (other than equipment failure,
you might get a pass on that), you would be SOL
on the other two legs. So if you are going
to book a multi-leg trip, make sure you have
ample connection time.
As far as service quality, I like
Megabus over Greyhound. The main plus is
the power outlets. This helps so you can
use your laptop or recharge your phone enroute
which are things you probably limit yourself to
without the plugs.
As advertised on the side of the
buses, you can get fares for as low as $1 plus
booking fee. They usually release tickets about 3
months ahead of time and once the $1 seats are
gone, the price goes up. OF course, they don't
mention how many $1 seats there are.
- Book your ticket as soon as
possible but once your are sure you are going.
Depending on the route, decent last minute fares
can be had but buses can sell out.
- Tickets are non refundable but you can change
your ticket at least 24 hours in advance for a
$1 change fee plus the difference in fare but no
refunds if the new fare is less than you paid.
- Pack light or buy another seat.
- Bring snacks. While
Megabus does make some meal stops, depending on
how far you are going, don't count on it.
- Friday thru Sunday and holidays are very busy
times so be prepared for the rush
especially between major cities with
Universities. A lot of students go home on
- Be at least 15 minutes early to
- You can download the app can see if the bus is
on schedule but don't trust it completely.
It's been wrong a few times so it's best to
still show up on time.
- Megabus is not nationwide so it works best for
short hops if you live in Texas, Chicago or on
the east coast.