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Plan an itinerary: Using bus schedules
On the Greyhound sites, you easily find departure
and arrival times, but on-line access to connection points, the
route taken (which determines the scenery you see), or the number
of stops (which can be especially important at night when you are
trying to sleep) can be more awkward than just looking at a timetable,
especially if you want to compare various choices.
Why is this so important? Here is an example. These times are outdated, but they illustrate the point.
Let's suppose that
you are travelling from Chicago to Las Vegas. The Greyhound
Internet site tells you that departures are at 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., 9:45
a.m., 12:01 Noon, 12:01 Noon (a second departure at same time),
2:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:15 p.m.
Here is a summary of what you would experience with these choices.
- The 1:00 a.m. departure involves a convenient connection in
Salt Lake City, but misses the best part of the Rocky Mountains
and crossing the Mississippi River during daylight.
- The 2:00 a.m. coach needs no connection, but misses seeing the
Rockies during daylight.
- The 9:45 a.m. coach travels through to Las Vegas, but goes
through some of the beautiful Rockies at night. However, it stops
the least of any of these choices.
- The first 12:01 Noon bus has a convenient connection in Salt
Lake City and sees the Mississippi River, but misses the most
scenic portion of the Rockies altogether.
- The second 12:01 Noon departure needs no connection, sees the
Mississippi during daylight,and spends a full day travelling
through the most scenic portion of the Colorado Rockies. Its
late evening arrival in Las Vegas shows the neon lighted city
This is why it is so important to compare Greyhound times to maps. Just
knowing the times that you leave your first city and arrive at your
ultimate destination is not sufficient if you are serious about
maximizing the enjoyment of your trip.
Because Greyhound is vigorously eliminating unprofitable routes, please reconfirm your itinerary prior to travelling. Some routes are now served by the partner carriers. Others like service along the Oregon coastline are gone.
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