Last update: April 6, 10:50 am ET
At Wanderu, we understand how stressful it is to plan your travels with the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. That’s why we are actively following all travel alerts issued by our carrier partners, and will continue to bring you the latest information so that you can make the most informed decisions regarding your upcoming travel plans.
Buses & Trains Are Still Running
In the midst of this unprecedented outbreak, we stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for essential work matters or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.
To that end, you should know that several bus and train carriers are still running (some on limited service) and taking extra precautions to keep their vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible. For details on what various carriers are doing to ensure their fleet remains clean and properly sanitized click here.
Ticket Change Policies by Carrier
If you have already booked your tickets and are unsure whether to go through with the trip, you may have the option to change your reservation at no additional fee or cancel your trip for a full refund depending on the carrier you are traveling with.
The bus and train travel providers listed below have already issued advisories and introduced temporary ticket change policies.
Please keep in mind that Wanderu is an online search platform and we do not have any authority to process or authorize refunds or ticket changes outside of carriers’ official policies.
Many carriers are facing extreme call volumes at the moment. If your trip is not within the next seven days, please consider delaying reaching out, so that customer service representatives can help those whose trips are scheduled to depart sooner. Thank you!
Amtrak will waive change fees on all existing or new reservations made before May 31, 2020. If you want to cancel your reservation with no fee, you must call the number listed below and speak with an agent.
While Amtrak continues to operate, the carrier has temporarily suspended or reduced some services due to low demand. More details on service impacts.
Contact Amtrak: +1 (800) 872-7245
Effective April 2, 2020, all scheduled Badger Bus service will be cancelled until May 1.
If you have purchased a ticket with a travel date between March 10, 2020 and May 15, 2020, Badger Bus is offering either a one-time free of charge reschedule of your ticket to a new day of travel, or a one-time credit voucher good for one year for the full purchase price of your ticket. Please note that this rescheduling policy does not apply to trips that have already departed.
Contact Badger Bus: +1 (414) 276-7490
BestBus has suspended all operations between Virginia, D.C. and New York City. The carrier plans to resume service on April 10, 2020, but it may be later depending on the situation.
BestBus is allowing all reservations to be set on hold for future travel or rescheduled with no change fees and up to one hour before departure time.
Contact BestBus: +1 (888) 888-3269
BoltBus has temporarily suspended service on some of its routes due to a drop in demand. Follow the link below to find more information about the affected routes. When BoltBus cancels service, they will notify you via email.
BoltBus will waive change fees on tickets purchased between March 5 and March 31, 2020 for travel between March 5 and May 31, 2020. Reissued tickets can be changed for travel up to December 31, 2020. The reissue request must made at least 1 day prior to the scheduled departure date of your original trip.
If your ticket purchase and travel dates fall within that period, you can also cancel your trip without a fee and you will be issued an eVoucher for the value of the ticket. eVouchers can be used for up to a year, must be redeemed via the carrier’s call center and is valid for either BoltBus or Greyhound travel.
Contact BoltBus: +1 (877) 265-8287
Effective March 25, 2020, Brightline has suspended all service until further notice.
The carrier will waive all change and cancellation fees for bookings made between March 10 and April 15, 2020. Ticket holders will be credited for the fare paid to use on a future booking.
Contact Brightline: +1 (888) 448-8491
Burlington Trailways will honor a one-time waiver of the re-issue fee for tickets with a listed date of travel occurring between March 10, 2020 and April 15, 2020 as long as you contact the carrier before the date and time of travel that is listed on the ticket. The reissued travel date must occur on or before December 31, 2020.
Customers will be responsible for paying any increase in ticket price. There will be no refund if the new ticket price is less than the original ticket price.
Burlington Trailways has altered its schedules for certain routes. Prior to your booked trip, please be sure to confirm the time of departure with them, as previously issued tickets could have incorrect departure times listed.
Contact Burlington Trailways: +1 (800) 992-4618
C&J Bus Lines
Effective March 22, 2020, C&J has temporarily suspended all bus service until further notice.
If you wish to get a refund, please contact the carrier at the number listed below within seven days of your original scheduled date of travel. Due to the high volume of refunds, please expect 60 days of processing time.
If you wish to keep your ticket for future travel, you may do so within the following guidelines:
- Tickets to Boston South Station may be used for any time within six months from the purchase date.
- For tickets to and from New York City, the carrier will issue a credit for a trip of equal or lesser value that is valid any time within one year from the original date of travel. If the new trip is priced higher, you can still change for no fee but you must pay the difference.
Contact C&J: +1 (800) 258-7111
All Foxwoods-bound buses and Boston commuter runs have been paused until further notice. Commuter tickets will not expire and will remain redeemable when service resumes. The carrier will work with customers to accommodate rescheduling once the situation resolves.
Contact Coach Company: +1 (800) 874-3377
CoachRun service continues to run as scheduled. If you are concerned about your trip, the carrier offers a flexible cancellation and change policy.
If your originally scheduled departure is not within the next 72 hours, you can either convert your ticket into an open ticket which is valid for one year, or you can cancel your trip for a full refund.
If your originally scheduled departure is within the next 72 hours, you can still convert your ticket into an open ticket for the full fare amount, but there will be a $5 transaction if you would like a refund.
Contact CoachRun: +1 (617) 681-0820 or [email protected]
Cold Shot Bus
Effective March 21, 2020, Cold Shot Bus has reduced its scheduled service. Please follow the link below for the latest info on affected routes. Customers holding tickets for said routes are being contacted by the carrier’s support team.
Cold Shot Bus is also allowing travelers to postpone any tickets purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 13, 2020 for travel between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020. The new travel date should not be later than December 31, 2020. The reissue request will be offered only one to each traveler and should be made at least one day prior to the scheduled departure date.
Contact Cold Shot Bus: +1 (587) 557-7719
College Coach Bus
College Coach Bus has suspended all service for the remained of the academic year. The carrier will contact all customers who hold ticket for the cancelled trips with regards to their options.
Contact College Coach Bus: +1 (516) 206-4620
Effective March 28, 2020, Dartmouth Coach will suspend all service until further notice.
Dartmouth Coach will waive all change fees and refunds for their reservation-based New York City services booked for travel before May 1, 2020.
Rebooking tickets on the carrier’s Boston services is unnecessary, as those are valid for up to one year from the date of purchase. Dartmouth Coach offers free refunds (before ticket expiration) if customers don’t anticipate to travel.
Contact Dartmouth Coach: +1 (800) 637-0123
Effective March 30, 2020, Ebus has suspended operations in Alberta until further notice.
Effective April 5, Ebus will be suspending operations in British Columbia until further notice.
Contact Ebus: +1 (877) 769-3287
Effective March 27 through April 29, 2020, all Go Buses service have been suspended.
All ticket holders will be refunded via the method of payment used to book their tickets. Please allow a few days processing time for your refund to appear.
Contact Go Buses: +1 (855) 888-7160
Greyhound has temporarily suspended service on some of its routes due to a drop in demand. When Greyhound cancels service, they will notify you via email. For a list of affected routes, click here.
Greyhound will waive change fees on tickets purchased between March 5 and March 31, 2020 for travel between March 5 and May 31, 2020. Reissued tickets can be changed for travel up to December 31, 2020. The reissue request must made at least 1 day prior to the scheduled departure date of your original trip.
If you are unable to travel due to a site closure or a cancellation of an event, you can cancel your trip without a fee in exchange for an eVoucher for the value of the ticket.
Contact Greyhound: +1 (800) 231-2222
Grupo Senda is allowing current ticket holders scheduled to travel up to April 2, 2020 to change their reservations free of charge.
Contact Grupo Senda: +1 (800) 733-7330 [U.S.] or (81) 8151 5253 [Mexico]
As of March 21, 2020, Indian Trails has suspended all of its daily scheduled bus service until further notice.
Passengers holding unused tickets for travel should contact the carrier at the number listed below for ticket reissues or refunds.
Contact Indian Trails: +1 (800) 292-3831
Jefferson Lines has cancelled or reduced some of its service with changes being made on a daily basis. For the latest information on affected routes, follow the link below.
Through April 30, 2020, Jefferson Lines is offering flexible waivers that allow passengers to reissue their ticket to a later date.
Contact Jefferson Lines: +1 (800) 451-5333
Travelers can change their tickets without penalty (subject to any difference in fare). Travelers may also request a refund for travel prior to May 1, 2020.
The carrier guarantees that every passenger will have their own row. Families and those with travel companions will be able to sit together once onboard their trip. This policy goes into effect on March 17, 2020 at 12am CT.
Contact Landline: +1 (888) 428-1149
MaritimeBus is operating on a reduced scheduled, effective March 30, 2020. The carrier has also reduced capacity by 50% on all vehicles. The carrier asks passengers to maintain a minimum distance of one seat between each passenger.
MaritimeBus is allowing passengers who made a reservation between March 3 and March 31, 2020 the ability to change their reservation without any fees. The ticket change or refund must be made prior to the date and time of departure of the original ticket.
Contact MaritimeBus: +1 (800) 575-1807 or [email protected]
Megabus has suspended all service for the following routes:
- New York – all service in and out of New York City has been suspended through April 9, 2020.
- Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, Pittsburgh – all service on this route has been suspended from April 4 through April 30, 2020.
- Pittsburgh, Morgantown, Washington – all service on this route has been suspended from April 4 through April 30, 2020.
- California/Nevada – all service in California and Nevada has been suspended through April 9, 2020.
- Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans – all service on this route has been suspended through April 9, 2020.
- Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, St. Paul, Minneapolis – all service on this route has been suspended through April 30, 2020.
All passengers who have purchased tickets for travel during the suspension periods will receive emails with instructions on how to reschedule their trips.
Megabus allows travelers who booked a trip on or before April 3, 2020 for travel before April 30, 2020 to reschedule their trip for any travel date between March 20 and September 8, 2020 at no additional cost.
Contact Megabus: +1 (877) 462-6342 or [email protected]
Panda NY Bus
Panda NY Bus has suspended all bus service until further notice.
Customers who have purchased tickets with a departure date after March 21st, 2020 will receive an email from the carrier and a refund for all affected trips.
Contact Panda NY Bus: +1 (917) 420-5989
Peoria Charter has temporarily suspended its daily service from Peoria/Normal to the Chicago area. The carrier has also reduced its daily service from Champaign/Urbana to the Chicago area to only three trips per day.
The carrier allows travelers with existing reservations to change or place their tickets on hold.
Contact Peoria Charter: +1 (800) 448-0572 or [email protected]
Quick Shuttle has suspended all service until further notice.
If you have a trip booked with Quick Shuttle, the carrier will be honoring another date of travel for you at a later time.
Contact Quick Shuttle: +1 (800) 665-2122
At the moment, RedCoach service is still running as usual. However, some routes may be experiencing changes in the schedule. You will be informed of any changes via email at the address used at booking, so keep an eye on your inbox.
RedCoach has updated its exchange and cancellation policy to accommodate customers who has purchased tickets on or before March 20, 2020 for travel before April 30, 2020. Passengers within these limitations are eligible to reschedule for a future date that occurs within a 12-month period at no extra cost. You can also cancel your ticket and get a full amount credit (voucher) to be used within a 12-month period.
Contact RedCoach: +1 (877) 733-0724
South Tahoe Airporter
South Tahoe Airporter has temporarily suspended all of its services as of March 23, 2020.
If you have a ticket for travel from March 18 to April 17, 2020, the carrier will exchange it for a future date or issue a refund. If the suspension extends past April 17, the carrier will honor the same policy.
Contact South Tahoe Airporter: +1 (866) 898-2463 or [email protected]
Southeastern Stages will discontinue all service effective March 27, 2020 until further notice. If you have purchased a ticket for travel after March 27, please contact the carrier’s customer service center for assistance.
Contact Southeastern Stages: +1 (404) 591-2750
SprinterBus has suspended all service starting March 22 until April 15, 2020.
Any active reservations can be placed on hold until operations commence.
Contact SprinterBus: +1 (757) 932-7670
Trailways (Adirondack, Pine Hill, New York)
Trailways has discontinued all of its service effective March 30, 2020 until further notice.
Trailways is waiving re-booking fees on all bookings made between March 5 and April 15, 2020. Tickets may be changed on a one-time basis to an alternate travel date and all changes must be made prior to the original date and time of travel. Tickets must be re-issued for future travel before 12/31/2020.
Click here for more information and to begin the re-booking process.
Contact Trailways: +1 (800) 858-8555
Vamoose has suspended all bus service starting from March 21 through April 1, 2020.
All existing tickets through April 1, 2020, will be placed on hold. To reschedule the tickets to a later day, please contact the carrier at the numbers listed below.
Contact Vamoose: +1 (212) 695-6766 or +1 (301) 718-0036
VIA Rail has suspended or reduced some of its services due to a decrease in passenger volumes. For more information on the affected routes, please follow the link below.
You can cancel or modify your VIA Rail reservation at any time prior to departure for all travel scheduled through May 31, 2020, and receive a full refund without incurring any service charges, regardless of when you purchased your ticket. This includes all travel up to and including May 31, 2020, as well as any travel after May 31, 2020 if your outbound train is on or before May 31, 2020.
Contact ViaRail: +1 (888) 842-7245
Washington Deluxe has temporarily suspended its daily schedules. The carrier plans to resume regular operation on April 10, 2020. Schedules for future travel are available online for booking.
Contact Washington Deluxe: +1 (866) 287-6932
We will continue to update this list as more information becomes available from our partners. However, we highly recommend that you contact the bus or train carrier that you are traveling with directly for the most up-to-date information.
If the carrier you are traveling with is not listed above, they most probably have not yet issued a formal statement regarding COVID-19. If you have concerns about your trip, we recommend reaching out to them directly.
For the best way to reach the carrier operating your trip, please refer to our bus and train companies contact directory.
If you have booked a plane ticket or a bus or train trip within Europe, please contact the airline or bus/train company directly for information on their latest schedules and policies.
You can find the contact information for all carriers available on Wanderu here.
For information on flight cancellations by region and airline, as well as the latest details on flight waivers and refund policies, check out Airfarewatchdog’s COVID-19 flight info resource.
Trip Protection & Peace of Mind
We realize that news about COVID-19 may have you weighing whether or not to book a trip, given the uncertainty of the situation. It may alleviate some of your concerns to know that Wanderu offers travel insurance.
If you are a U.S. resident, for every bus and train trip available to book on Wanderu, you have the option to purchase trip protection from our partners at Allianz Global Assistance. To do so, just search for a trip as you would normally do on Wanderu. Once you get to the checkout page, you will find a Trip Protection box that provides a quote and offers you the opportunity to insure your booking.
Allianz Global Assistance’s trip protection plan can provide protection if your trip is cancelled, interrupted or delayed for a variety of covered reasons. Terms and exclusions (including for pre existing conditions) apply. Check out the full plan details and disclosures.
Keep in mind that claims due to known, foreseeable, or expected events, epidemics, or fear of travel are generally not covered, and coverage can vary by state. For information about COVID-19, please read the U.S. coverage alert.
For any questions about Trip Protection, please contact Allianz Global Assistance.
General Safety Tips
While there are currently no travel bans within the United States, it’s important that you take necessary preventive actions to protect yourself. Those include:
- Washing your hands frequently or using disinfectant if you don’t have immediate access to soap and running water.
- Avoiding touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Covering your cough or sneeze in a tissue. Make sure you dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Cleaning and disinfecting objects that you touch frequently, using a cleaning spray or wipes.
For more information, please check out the CDC Prevention & Treatment Guide.