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Bus service in the U.S.

Bus service in the U.S.

Bus - this is the second most important form of land transport after the private car. In terms of transport buses far exceeds the train. The biggest and almost the exclusive carrier, whose flights connect all major cities and tourist destinations the United States and Canada. It is the oldest bus companies in America, founded in 1914 by Swedish immigrant Carl Eric Vikmanom. Greyhound has long been the world's largest transport organization on the number of buses, while in the 70-ies of XX century it was not spared European companies.

Buses are comfortable, with air conditioning, comfortable seating, restrooms, large luggage compartment. Tickets are sold both at the official website of the company, and directly at the box office of the bus stations. Tickets are quite expensive, but if you travel on business days and order tickets no later than 5 days - the price is significantly reduced (to 25-40%). Average fare from New York to Washington without regard to stocks and discounts - $ 55, Chicago - Houston $ 120-140.

In addition, the company offers travel tickets Discovery pass for 7, 15, 30 and 60 days. Price accordingly - $ 283, $ 415, $ 522 and $ 645. This ticket allows unlimited travel on all routes, including Canada (plus all the lines within Canada) and Mexico. It is important to remember that in itself a travel document is only a voucher entitling them to receive free tickets in hand or when booking on its Web site. Tickets are desirable to acquire at least 48 hours prior to travel.

Travel time between major cities in the U.S.:

Nice and cheap alternative to travel on Greyhound buses are small companies, usually operated by immigrants from China. They were originally formed for cheap transportation between major U.S. cities with significant communities from China and Southeast Asia. Prices were below normal by 2-3 times. In the past few years, trips to the "Chinese" buses are becoming more popular not only among Chinese immigrants, but among ordinary Americans and tourists. Buses depart and arrive from the Chinese quarters (Chinatowns) major cities. In some areas buses follow each hour (New York - Washington DC, New York - Boston), on the other 2-5 times a day (San Francisco - Los Angeles, Chicago - Detroit, Miami - Atlanta). The fare is $ 5 for every 100 km.

The downside can be regarded as some randomness and frequent delays of buses, plus the inability to purchase tickets. Buses do not have a stationary bus station and depart from conventional points, the location of which is specified on the websites of these companies. The largest bus company of this type - is Apex Bus. Other companies: Fung Wah, Vamoosebus etc. For more information about the Chinese bus companies in the U.S. can be found on the website of the Chinese community in New York.

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