With Thanksgiving around the corner, as many as 540,000 passengers will be traveling by bus (that’s Greyhound alone) to see their families. Some journeys will be long but if you follow a couple of simple steps, they will definitely be easier to handle.
We have put together a list of insider tips to let you enjoy your Thanksgiving bus ride as much as the destination!
How to make the most of your next bus trip?
Find all the answers to your questions in our ➠ FAQ
Before your trip
|Documents and tickets||Bus station|
| – Check the necessary documents (Photo IDs)
– Check if you need to print your tickets or whether you can store them on your mobile devices (smart phones or tablets)
| – Check the station’s exact address
– Get there at least 30 minutes before departure so you can find your bus and check in your luggage
| – The less luggage you have, the faster and easier boarding will be (backpacks are great as carry-on)
– Tag your lugagge with your name and address, and hand it to you driver or your provider’s lugagge official
|– Take a small bag with you (place it in your backpack and have it be easily accessible) with things you might need during the trip (snacks, water, entertainment, etc.)|
During your trip
|Choosing your seat||Entertainment|
| – The first rows are perfect for those prone to getting dizzy with ease
– The last row before the back door is ideal for reclining the seat and taking a nap
| – Have different forms of entertainment at hand (books, magazines, movies, music, etc.), especially on long journeys
– Make sure you don’t forget your headphones or chargersso that you can make the most out of the on-board features
|Safety and comfort||CheckMyBus Tips|
| – Take comfortable clothes and make sure they’re suitable for temperature changes( air conditioning in summer, heating in winter)
– For a good sleep: atravel pillow, sunglasses or a sleep mask
|– Take advantage of the ride to your destination and use your time for planning. Organize visits, appointments, schedules, and prices… Among your fellow passengers, you might find help and advice from locals.»|
How to get the best bang for your buck
|Online tickets||Deals, promotions and discounts|
| – Searching and comparing bus trips and ticket prices online allows you to save both time and money
– Much like in any other modes of transportation, the early bird catches the worm, so booking your tickets in advance will help you save some money.
| – Check the discounts available for groups, students, retirees, and veterans from different companies
– Stay up to date with bus offers and discounts
|Food & Drink||CheckMyBus Tips|
| – Take water and something to eat, and thus avoid paying an arm and a leg at rest stops
– Take something extra and don’t be shy to share with your fellow passengers. It’s Thanksgiving!
|– Night buses are a great ally when looking to save on travel. They’re not only cheaper than regular buses but also allow you save money on accommodation|
To be taken into account in other countries
|Find the cheapest tickets||Identification|
|– Use international bus search engines, such as CheckMybus, to find the best bus tickets north or south of the border in your own language||– Check the necessary documentation to travel around your country of destination and always carry it on you|
|– Check the current luggage policies of each company before traveling||– Better safe than sorry! In some countries and depending on the route (e.g. express routes), there are no rest stops so make sure you have everything you need and enjoy the ride!|
When planning a trip, not only getting there but how you get there can be crucial to having a great Thanksgiving. No one wants a grumpy family member at the dinner table complaining about the long, cross-country trips. Even if your Thanksgiving isn’t what you were expecting, at least you’ll know you used your time wisely getting there and back.