Where can you buy bus tickets?
You can buy bus tickets online by visiting each bus company’s individual website, or by purchasing through an online search site like Wanderu, which will show you fares from all the different bus carriers at once.
Some traditional bus companies, such as Greyhound, sell tickets at bus stations. Others, like Megabus, allow passengers to purchase a standby ticket if open seats are available (but that requires a credit card).
How do you buy bus tickets online?
Wanderu is an online travel search site. We partner with hundreds of carriers in multiple countries to help travelers find the most affordable bus and train tickets.
You can find all the available schedules on your desired route and book tickets by searching directly on our website, www.wanderu.com.
For a step-by-step walkthrough for how to buy bus tickets online, visit our online booking guide.
Why buy bus tickets online?
Booking your bus tickets online is the best way to save money. Not only are prices cheaper the further out you are from your departure date, but booking in advance allows you to compare prices and routes from different bus carriers.
Purchasing tickets in-person at the station is often more expensive because bus companies charge a premium for same-day booking.
How much do bus tickets cost?
You can expect to pay $1–$10 per person for a one-way bus ticket between two major cities, such as New York City and Philadelphia. In general, prices vary based on the availability of and demand for each specific route. However, traveling by bus is almost always cheaper than traveling via plane or train.
If booking last minute, expect to pay $15–$25 for a same- or next-day bus ticket. If you are traveling on a holiday weekend, be prepared to shell out $35–$45. And be warned: Buses regularly sell out for big holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, 4th of July and others.
Bus tickets are sold as individual, one-way fares, but on Wanderu you can purchase your return trip in the same transaction. To save money on a round-trip, consider splitting your outgoing and return rides between different carriers to find the best deal.
How do I find the cheapest bus tickets available?
There are a number of different strategies you can employ to find cheap bus fares.
Wanderu lets you compare ticket prices from dozens of different carriers like Megabus, Greyhound, Peter Pan and Boltbus all at once to find the lowest price options for your route. The fares available on Wanderu are the lowest you’ll find anywhere, with no additional fees or markups, guaranteed.
Wondering where you can get to for $5? Looking for the lowest price vacation you can take next weekend? The Wanderu Explore search tool can help you find destinations from your city of origin based on your budget.
For additional tips on how to save money, read our guide for how to book cheap bus tickets as low as $1 in four easy steps.
Are there discounts on bus tickets?
Individual bus carriers may offer discounts, sales or special promotions via their websites. Below, find some of the most popular carriers and the types of deals you can expect.
Greyhound offers the following ongoing discounts:
Learn more about available discounts, deals and the Road Rewards loyalty program on the Greyhound website.
BoltBus offers the following ongoing discounts:
Peter Pan offers the following ongoing discounts:
Megabus does not offer ongoing discounts of any kind. Children of all ages must pay for a separate ticket at the same price as an adult ticket.
What is the cheapest bus company?
If you’re searching for tickets in advance, it pays to look at the bus carriers that start off their tickets at $1: Greyhound Express, Megabus, BoltBus and Peter Pan.
The filter function on Wanderu also allows you to sort search results by price to compare the cost of tickets from different bus carriers.
Can I pick my own bus seat?
Most carriers have a "first come, first serve" seating policy, which means that passengers can sit in any open seat on the bus. It thus helps to arrive early at the gate, as those toward the front of the line have the freedom to sit wherever they want.
Some bus companies provide customers with a reserved, numbered seat. If you book tickets together (say, 2 or 3 at a time), the carrier will likely have your seat numbers in sequence so that your group is seated together. Other carriers, like Megabus, allow you to pick from a seating chart at checkout on their website, similar to how you would when booking an airplane ticket.
Keep in mind that picking out your seat in advance may incur an additional charge.
Can I travel on the bus with a pet?
Most major bus carriers—including Greyhound, Megabus and Boltbus—do not allow you to bring a dog, a cat or other pet on your trip, either in-cabin or stowed below the bus with luggage.
The exception is for passengers with disabilities who require a certified service animal, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Note that emotional support animals do not fall under ADA regulations.
Can minors ride the bus alone?
Each bus carrier has their own age policy. If you are under 18 years old and wish to travel on your own, or if you are a parent purchasing a ticket for a child, we suggest that you call the carrier directly to discuss age restrictions before purchasing, as most tickets are non-refundable.
The majority of bus companies do not allow minors to travel alone, overnight, across state lines or on trips that require transfers.
Since valid, state-issued IDs are required for boarding, some carriers require that a ticket for an underage traveler be purchased in person, at the station or directly over the phone by the child's legal guardian or parent. Other bus carriers may require a signed parental consent letter.
How much luggage can you take on a bus?
Each bus company has their own unique baggage policy.
The best way to understand the luggage requirements for your trip is to read over the terms and conditions provided on the checkout page before you purchase the ticket.
Broadly speaking, bus carriers usually allow one suitcase to be checked into the lower portion of the bus and one small personal item to be taken on board, included in the price of your ticket.
Some bus carriers may allow you to check two suitcases for free. This policy is often subject to space availability, and is more common for carriers that cover airport routes, such as Peoria Charger, Red Coach and Peter Pan.
Remember to properly tag all bags with your name, address, phone number and email, as most carriers waive responsibility for lost, misplaced or stolen items, and insurance coverage is limited. If your luggage is lost, we recommend you contact the carrier directly to file a claim.
Do buses have wifi?
The majority of buses are equipped with free wifi, although service can be spotty on occasion, especially in rural areas. To prepare for such instances, we recommend that you download entertainment to your laptop, tablet or phone in advance of your trip. Most vehicles also include power outlets so that you can charge your device if needed. For a more detailed list of amenities, find guides to our most popular bus carriers below:
5 Pro Tips for Booking Cheap Bus Tickets Online
If you’re still not sure how to find the best fare, we’ve got you covered.
At Wanderu, we bring together the best routes, schedules, and prices so your next inter-city bus trip is quick and affordable. Compare prices and schedules, as well as pick-up and drop-off locations, to find the most convenient itinerary. Below, learn about some of our favorite tips and tricks for finding the best deals when booking your bus tickets on Wanderu!