How to Survive a Trip on Greyhound Bus Lines

If you go Greyhound, follow some common sense tips to survive your trip.
If you go Greyhound, follow some common sense tips to survive your trip. (Image: NA/ Images)

If you are interested in traveling by bus when you take out-of-state trips, you may be considering traveling courtesy of Greyhound Bus lines. While traveling on Greyhound has many advantages, such as lower prices and many locations, there are also many rules and regulations you must know to enjoy your trip and make it to your destination safely. You'll need to use your common sense and powers of observation to help you survive a trip on a Greyhound bus.

Things You'll Need

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Portable audio device
  • Snacks
  • Watch

Have your ticket in hand. This doesn’t apply for when you’re sitting down waiting for your bus to arrive at the station; this goes for when you’re in line waiting to get on the bus. Make sure you have your bus ticket in your hand. If you don’t, the person that checks tickets will simply ask you to either go to the back of the line or step to the side while you search for your ticket. The purpose in doing this is to keep from cause a major traffic jam in the line, so be prepared with your ticket at the ready.

Keep track of your bags. You will most likely be allowed to take one or two bags on the bus with you to put in your overhead compartment, however, keep tracks of the bags you have to check in. Make sure if you’re waiting to get on the bus and happen to see the bags being loaded onto the side compartment of the bus that you see yours. Bags often get mixed up on racks and loaded onto other buses, so be watchful to help prevent this from happening. Make sure your arrival and destination tags match your ticket to avoid other problems.

Use the bathroom at rest stops. If you have to use the bathroom and it’s not a definite emergency, wait until you get to a rest stop. The Greyhound line makes rest stops almost every 20 to 50 miles, so take advantage of these stops by getting off the bus and going to the restroom. You can always use the bathroom on the bus if you don’t mind it, but be prepared for sometimes undesirable restroom conditions on the bus.

Bring your own snacks. Meals and snacks are not provided on Greyhound buses. If you do bring your own snacks, clean up after yourself. Bringing your own snacks will also save you from spending money at the fast food or restaurant stops.

Getting back to the bus on time during rest stops. Drivers are not obligated to wait for you if you miss a deadline for reboarding the bus. You must keep track of time and get back on the bus before the driver’s specified departure time. If you’re traveling from state to state, many rest stops are in ghost towns and won’t have houses or stores for miles in between if you are left behind.

Bring entertainment. If you’re planning to be on the bus for more than a couple of hours, bring some sort of entertainment such as music, portable DVD player or a book. Having one of these things will surely make the time pass by a little faster. Use headphones with audio devices so you do not disturb other passengers.

Do not bring drugs or alcohol on board the bus to save yourself from potential legal troubles. Although many Greyhound locations won’t check your bags, the drivers are given the right to use their own judgment when it comes to impaired passengers. If you’ve been drinking and the driver can smell it, he or she has a right to tell you to get off the bus or not even let you on to begin with. If you have drugs on you, a more serious action can be taken, such as the police being called to escort you off the bus.

Keep your wallet or purse close to you. Keep it on you at all times. Don’t just keep it in your sight, but make sure you can physically touch it at all times. With so many people traveling through the Greyhound bus line, items are sure to get stolen and pickpockets may be lurking. Be safe and keep your money close to your body.

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