Wtf would anyone take Greyhound these days

Was thinking back to the days where I used to visit my girlfriend in the US. I'd fly into Houston, take the $1.25 #102 bus downtown and get off at Fannin & Pierce, and from there take a Greyhound to either Austin (school) or Dallas (home). Just looked at the ticket my last round trip back in 2016: $17. Pretty good for a college kid already paying for an international airfare. 

Just had a look at the old route, and even booking well in advance would cost around $70. Cheaper than an airfare (around $170 for the same dates), but definitely more than $100 more inconvenient. For interest I looked up a bus from Houston to NYC and back, which would be over $500, more than double an airfare despite taking 40-50 hours. 

Just don't see the business model. Maybe it's cheaper vs flights if you're going to some obscure town in Montana or something. 

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AlphaMale69, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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Pescepescetarian, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'd take Greyhound to Houston before I'd step foot on a MAX 8 flown by a woman. That's just me though. 

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Whatever1984, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would bet money that a higher share of Greyhound drivers are women than pilots

I used to commute via bus back in the dark ages of land-lines and tube TVs.  Let me tell you, those women bus drivers are not to be messed with.  Not only are they good take-no-prisoners drivers (you have to be to fight a bus thru the Lincoln Tunnel into PABT) but they can probably out-drink and out-fight you.

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Balance.of.Payments, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yep. Pretty dumb in hindsight because I'm like white picket fence white and the walk from Fannin and Pierce to the station is about 5 or so minutes, which I did while carrying luggage. Once I checked in my luggage I'd also walk around (both day and night) to "sightsee": walking to the old Enron building or going to try some "Louisiana Famous Fried Seafood and Chicken". 

My whole concept of danger at the time was pretty unrefined, having never experienced US inner cities lol. 

WolfofWSO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have!

Sat behind some guy barking in his cellphone, "Yeah, so I shot that muthafxxka!!"

I didn't look up from my L2 CFA books the rest of the ride.


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Balance.of.Payments, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That's what I love about the Greyhound: you almost always meet people you'd never get a chance to interact with in day to day life. 

On one trip I sat next to this chick who was heading to a halfway house in DFW having done 8 of a 15 year meth distribution sentence. Her boyfriend was apparently shot by the cops (and survived) when they raided her house. She was anxious because it was her first time going to a halfway house and literally everyone sitting in the ten seats surrounding us chimed in with their halfway house stories lol. 

excellente, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I took a greyhound in the summer in Midwest to visit my friend. Very bad experience. I was called N word 3 times within the first 2 mins

NoEquityResearch, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Same story with Amtrak. Yes, it's cheaper than flying but not that much cheaper given the inconvenience.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I used to travel on Greyhound buses to visit a town called Combermere in Canada. Greyhound is the only way to get to the town unless you rent a car. 

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TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I used to take the Greyhound almost 2x a month in college because I didn't have the money to afford a plane ticket and solely did it because it was 20-30 bucks to get from SF to LA. If it were 70 bucks that time (it's 50-58 bucks right now which I still wouldn't do), I wouldn't have been able to afford it. Which is crazy considering the route which went from SJ to LA stopped at a literal prison (avenal) for it's "pit stop" and often times transported convicts for the late night rides to apparently un-burden the DOC on their prisoner transport. Imagine having to travel with some loud and mouthy convict next to you who was handcuffed. 20-30 bucks was the absolute MAX i'd pay for that shitty transport. Greyhound is literally the last resort option for anyone trying to get somewhere who can't even take Spirit or Frontier to get to their destination due to cost limitations. It was an absolute nightmare and horror for me given it's length of travel (which I can't blame them, they warn you of the ETA to your destination), the company (nothing more to say here than go figure), and the horrid smell which creeps up 5+ hours into a Greyhound journey.

So no, 8-10+ years later, I would never ever EVER take a Greyhound. They serve their purpose with a particular clientele and I don't fit into that any longer.

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Balance.of.Payments, what's your opinion? Comment below:

They definitely have a relationship with the DoC. I never saw anyone shackled but released prisoners seem to get a Greyhound ticket back home/the halfway house, whatever. 

But yeah, $500 NYC to Houston feels insane and I don't know how they manage to stay in business with prices where they are right now. 

Dick Steele, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah the prices suck. I usually use greyhound to go between Philly and NYC. Last summer I used it to commute 2-3 days a week for my internship it was not fun. Still cheaper than rent though so I guess I can't complain too much.

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