The Rise of Luxury Bus Lines

Luxury is actually the last thing you think of when traveling by coach. The prejudice still persists that long-distance buses are a particularly uncomfortable way to travel. Some providers in the USA want to counter this – with their unique luxury bus fleet.

Luxury Buses – A New Way of Travel

When you think of an intercity bus ride, most of the time it does not equate to traveling in luxury. However, a number of bus services around the country are providing a luxury bus experience on their intercity routes. Especially in areas where air and rail service is either rare or expensive. These bus rides provide a business class like experience with service onboard such as comfortable seats, extra legroom, complimentary drinks and meal. They are essentially dispelling the negative stereotype of an uncomfortable long-haul bus ride. Essentially, they are typically much more comfortable than a plane and at times even the Amtrak.

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Fares usually average around double when compared to regular bus fares but these bus services are worth every penny when traveling in comfort and a good deal is what you are after!  We have put together an overview of a number of luxury bus providers that provide you this very service.

Vonlane

Vonlane has been providing quality first-class bus service between Houston and Dallas, Austin and San Antonio for quite some time now.

Luxury buses

Moreover, Vonlane offers fully reclining leather seats, you have ample legroom, high-speed WiFi, and even a kitchen with coffee and other beverages. You can choose between the 22 first class seats and rest assured you will be pampered on the way to your next meeting.

Concord Coach Lines

Concord Coach Lines Plus, is their premier service offering daily direct connections between New York City and Portland, Maine. You get to enjoy in comfort their excutive style seating, free movies, power outlets and WiFi.

Redcoach

Redcoach brings its luxury bus service to Florida. If you commute daily between Orlando and Miami, you can have peace of mind knowing you can get some quality sleep on your way to work. Redcoach has two types of buses: first class and business class.

Luxury buses from Orlando to Miami

The latter has 38 seats while the former only has 27. If that doesn’t mean much to you, Greyhound’s generous extra legroom means that they reduced the number of seats from approximately 58 seats to just 50. At 27 seats per bus, there is definitely plenty of legroom!

BestBus Prime

Although most of its trips are the conventional intercity buses, BestBus also offers their Prime Bus luxury bus service between New York City and Washington, DC. BestBus offers comfy, wide leather seats with extra legroom including free movie streaming and bottled water to all their Prime Bus customers.

THE JET

The Jet, a startup luxury coach service which operates exclusively between New York and Washington DC. Their goal is to make transit more comfortable and work friendly. They boast a first class service having the fastest WiFi in travel, on-board attendants, 14 motion-canceling seats with 6 feet of legroom, a full galley, just to name a few. Prices start from 99$ one way.

C&J Bus Line

C&J Line offers connections between Boston, Seabrook and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Furthermore, they also offer connections with Tewksbury, Massachusetts from New York and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There is also a seasonal route to Ogunquit, Maine. C&J coaches feature, on board restroom climate controlled cabins and extra leg room. Refreshments are available on their service to New York.

Portland

When you think of an intercity bus ride, most of the time it does not equate to traveling in luxury. However, a number of bus services around the country are providing a luxury bus experience on their intercity routes. Especially in areas where air and rail service is either rare or expensive.

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  • Erick D

    As for America’s 100-year-old bus carrier, Greyhound, if it wants to attract more ridership, especially for those craving for an upscale interstate ride, should consider some alternatives:
    Create a sub-unit/brand (Think Toyota’s Lexus division) that specializes in luxurious bus fleet that go to certain routes or half of the routes Greyhound does.
    Another one could be loaning some of these coaches for a pilot program in terms of evaluating rider culture and tastes.
    I think any of these coaches would be those I would get in!
    Nice article.

    E.D.

  • Ngasha

    I want to look at a map of routes. I haven’t been able to find one for ANY bus line except Greyhound. How hard is that? I want to look for routes that pass through or near Shreveport, LA. (Maybe I’d have to drive 5 hours to New Orleans?) Do any of your buses pass through Atlanta, GA?

    • cmbblogadmin

      Hi Ngasha,

      Thank you for your message. Please note that CheckMyBus is an intercity bus price comparison portal and doesn’t operate buses or sell tickets. When you click “view deal” on a bus route in our system, you are then redirected to the company’s webpage to make the booking and payment. The connection between Shreveport, LA and Atlanta, GA is primarily operated by Greyhound buses at this time. There are connections available via Greyhound. If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with us again.

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      Your CheckMyBus Support Team

  • Bob Maurice

    Interested in trips between New Orleans LA and Tucson AZ. Also between New Orleans and Dallas TX. Need to know round trip costs for two retired people, schedules, baggage limits.

    • CheckMyBus-Support

      Dear Bob,

      Thank you for your message. Tickets between New Orleans, LA and Tucson, AZ generally cost about $330 for a single round-trip ticket and trips between New Orleans and Dallas, TX cost about $20 for a round-trip ticket. Senior Citizens can receive a %5 discount on passenger fares with photo identification to prove age. Bags can weigh up to 50 pounds and adults can bring three bags, with the second and third bags costing $20 each. In terms of size limits, bags can’t be more than 62 inches when the dimensions are added together (length + width + height). If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with us again.

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      Your CheckMyBus Support

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