Greyhound or Amtrak?

Ive never been on any of these two transportation. Tell me more about it, seems that the price is equal to that of a plane round ticket.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Absolutely take Amtrak if you have both options.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This. Traveling by bus sucks even if its a short distance. Did a bus trip from DC to Pittsburgh a few years back, and holy frick never again.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Definitely Amtrak. Greyhound runs more frequently but the busses (and their passengers) are shittier. Also, Greyhound was effectively killed by the pandemic and bought out by FlixBus, which has been selling off Greyhound stations. Instead of getting dropped off in a city's downtown they'll dump you at a gas station 15 miles outside of town.

    Amtrak is often late but the trains are decent and they'll get you where you want.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In any situation where it's amtrak or greyhound, amtrak wins every single time.

    The only time greyhound should be used is if you're going somewhere you can't reach by amtrak.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The one time I chose Greyhound over Amtrak it was because Amtrak rolled through at like midnight but Greyhound left in the morning (smallish town without air service). Bigly regretted it.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Amtrak. Greyhound will wake you up throw you out of your seat at 2am and drop you off in the ghetto all night while they switch drivers.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Amtrak train can be quite an experience if you meet the right people. You drink a little smuggled liquor, maybe pop a few edibles, and before you know it, you've talked for hours and hours and escaped to a place beyond self-awareness. Somehow, there seems to be one unique character on every train. Amtrak scenery mogs, the train often takes a different route from the highways.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >You drink a little smuggled liquor
      They sell liquor on the train, and if you have a private room (roomette/bedroom) you can just bring alcohol with you and it's fully within amtrak policy. They just don't want you consuming alcohol that you brought on board in public areas, so just drink in your room and no one will bother you.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Bring liquor and a mixer, mix it discreetly in cattle class. Don't ruin it for the rest of us. Cafe car is travel-expensive and the food sucks.

        Has anyone here done the California Zephyr route for Amtrak through the mountains (preferably in winter)?
        Been wanting to do that for years.

        Check the schedule you're looking at against daylight, winter is cheaper but you'll be in the dark without cell service a lot of the time.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >mix it discreetly in cattle class
          Frick off chud
          If I'm paying for a bedroom, I'm gonna drink in that bedroom, and I'm going to drink as much as I want and you can't stop me.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Anon meant be discreet about it if you're in cattle class. If you have your own compartment sure, down a couple bottles of wine by yourself straight from the bottle, why not.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Well it was posted in response to me saying
              > just drink in your room and no one will bother you.
              and he replied with
              > mix it discreetly in cattle class. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
              Which seems like a weird thing to say to someone who already said is in a bedroom and doesn't have to worry about ruining anything for anyone.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Jesus for the love of God pick amtrak. Greyhound is just affordable travel for crackheads

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Amtrak is way more comfy.
    BUT
    dont rely on it to be on time. It will usually be late, sometimes massively late. Make sure you have a flexible schedule.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Went from Virginia to New York on Greyhound once. Never again. I'm 6'4 and it was incredibly cramped. It was basically impossible for me to sleep or get comfortable. My ass was literally sore by the time we got there. At night unless you're at the very front of the bus you can't see shit because everything is pitch black and you don't have headlights illuminating things for you. The bus driver was a dick when I tried to make small talk with him while we were stopped at a truck stop for fuel/food. The fellow passengers are extremely eccentric which is both good and bad. The guy in front of me decided to recline his seat and basically lay in my lap so I decided to dig my knees into his back. There were some ethnic types blasting music so loud it was pissing others off but I didn't care because I had earbuds in.

    There's ALWAYS a moron who ends up shitting or pissing in the on board bathroom too and stinking the entire back half up. Even on short day trips I've had on busses there has ALWAYS been a moron who did this.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    they're both sketchy and full of weirdos and druggies but Amtrak is more scenic so always take Amtrak if you can. on the east coast Amtrak is actually high quality because commuters use it every day. but in the rest of the country Amtrak is a little sketchy.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's why you get a roomette so you're in the front section of the train that is closed off from the riff-raff in coach.

      You also get private dining times so you don't even need to mingle with the poors even during mealtimes unless you want to.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Both are awful

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

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  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Has anyone here done the California Zephyr route for Amtrak through the mountains (preferably in winter)?
    Been wanting to do that for years.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's cheaper but the views are worse and the days are much shorter so you're in the dark a lot longer.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Bring liquor and a mixer, mix it discreetly in cattle class. Don't ruin it for the rest of us. Cafe car is travel-expensive and the food sucks.

        [...]
        Check the schedule you're looking at against daylight, winter is cheaper but you'll be in the dark without cell service a lot of the time.

        Oh man, was just wondering because I see all of these YouTube videos where there's a bunch of snow on the ground once you reach the mountains.
        When should I go to have the best chance at actually seeing these snowy views? Is it one of those trips where the elevation is so high that the snow is plentiful well into spring, where there's more light outside?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Here is what AI has to say.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            [...]
            AI also says the snow caps stay on the peaks into April/May if you don't need to see a LOT of snow.

            Thanks anon. What AI is that?
            According to that, I probably want to go on a January or February. The idea of it being very snowy and looking cool in dim light is appealing to me.

            Most of the Colorado section passes during daylight hours when traveling in either direction. In winter, night will fall before you reach the section through the Flatirons if you are coming from the west.
            I took the Zephyr on November 2nd and there was heavy snow up in the mountains already. Snowstorms can occur as late as May up there.

            >In winter, night will fall before you reach the section through the Flatirons if you are coming from the west.
            Thank you for your insight. Would you say that it's better to start the trip from the east or west in general?

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >What AI is that?
              Gemini (google)

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          https://i.imgur.com/s3niv4I.png

          Here is what AI has to say.

          AI also says the snow caps stay on the peaks into April/May if you don't need to see a LOT of snow.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Most of the Colorado section passes during daylight hours when traveling in either direction. In winter, night will fall before you reach the section through the Flatirons if you are coming from the west.
          I took the Zephyr on November 2nd and there was heavy snow up in the mountains already. Snowstorms can occur as late as May up there.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >amtrak only comes in my city at 2am

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Unless you want to be stuck in a station for 3 hours switching busses with homeless people municipalities bought tickets for, convicts the prison bought tickets for, and migrants the state of Texas bought tickets for, I recommend Amtrak

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