It’s true, these days traveling by plane is much faster, especially when you are a part of fast living society where each minute counts. Despite this, some people still prefer traditional way of traveling – by bus. There are many reasons why buses won’t go out of service for a long, long time and let’s see why!
1) Cheap bus tickets
Even though nowadays you can find plane tickets at ridiculously low prices, the fact is that bus tickets are more often on sale and there are more departures to choose from. You can usually find tickets on 50% discount and there are also regular discounts for children, students and seniors. And when you think how much money you have saved up with bus travel instead of let’s say, traveling by car (gas costs, toll costs, etc.), then it is pretty much obvious why buses are the most economic option.
2) Power outlets and Wi-Fi
A lot of bus carriers have finally realized what is that the passengers need the most when traveling long distance – power socket and free Internet! If you think about it, there’s really no form of transportation which provides this benefit besides buses. You don’t need to worry whether your battery is going to die or not and if it’s hard for you to sleep on bus, just connect to Wi-Fi and “kill time” by watching movies. And once you finally arrive to your destination, your phone will be fully charged and ready for snapping photos. Amazing, right?
3) Occasional stops and breaks
Travelling long distance can be a hassle if you are travelling by train or plane, especially if you are a person who can’t sit for too long. True, you still can make a short trip to bathroom in plane or train, but that’s pretty much it. When travelling by bus, bus drivers make few shorter and one longer break (cca 25 minutes) so you can stretch your legs, grab a cup of coffe e and have a quick meal. Also, it is much easier to use restrooms on a gas station which are regularly cleaned by cleaning ladies than trying to squeeze yourself in those tiny toilets in planes.
4) No worry about missing luggage
There’s no person who hasn’t at least once thought of possible loss of baggage before the flight. And once you land, you always wait impatiently for your suitcase to appear on the carousel and believe me, it can be stressful. But that’s not the case with buses! You hand your luggage to the bus driver, he places it in the compartment and that’s it – you’re ready for your trip. And the most important – you can bring as many kilos of luggage as you want. No need to think whether you are going to cross the limit or pay additional fee for extra weight. Just bring anything you need, completely carefree!
5) No planning in advance
When booking a plane ticket, it is usually months in advance. People do it to get a good deal on tickets as they become up to 10 times more expensive when the travel date is getting closer. On the other hand, bus tickets are more or less always the same price whether you want to buy it half year in advance or a day before the trip. If you don’t have that kind of luxury to plan a vacation that far ahead, then opting for a bus ticket is definitely a thing to do. Also, in case you want to change your departure date, with bus tickets is no problem at all. Just contact customer support via e-mail with your ticket number stating that you need to change departure date and that’s it. Easy peasy!
6) Location is everything
How many times has happened to you that you finally land in your destination but city centre is waaay far from the airport? Shuttle buses can be expensive and if your flight is late in the evening, you will probably spend more cash on taxi than planned. Good thing with bus stations on the other hand, is that they are almost always located near the city centre and it is much easier to continue your trip from a bus station. It is more likely that you will find a nearby local bus stop or a metro station near bus station than finding one at the airport (unless we are talking about bigger international airports).
7) Seats are more comfy
In general, no long distance travel is comfortable but bus seats have a bit of advantage in regard to plane or train seats. Firstly, there’s more space for legs. It can get really frustrating when you constantly bump your knees in the seat in front of you and the fact that you can’t adjust your seat is a nightmare if the flight is more than few hours long. In buses you won’t have that kind of problem since you can adjust your seat as much as you want, just make sure that the person behind you is okay with that.
8) Air conditioning
Have you ever been in a plane, you take off and then all of a sudden it becomes a lot colder in the cabin? And you really didn’t prepare for this temperature shock? The air conditioning in buses is always adjusted so that you don’t have to sit in your winter jacket all the time if it’s freezing outside or sweat entire journey during summer season. It’s all about being comfortable and relaxed during your trip. And if it gets too hot/cold for you, there’s a button above your seat with which you can regulate air conditioning for yourself. Sounds pretty good to us!
9) The cancellation policy
The majority of bus carriers allows cancelling tickets with a full refund or with minimal cancellation fee and you don’t even have to have a valid reason. It just usually needs to be cancelled at least 48 hours before the departure, but that still depends from carrier to carrier. In any case, you will get the most of your money back. However, when you buy a plane ticket, it is non refundable in 99% percent of cases, so if something comes up and you can’t go on your trip, it is most likely that your money will go down the drain. That’s why choosing a bus would definitely be a better option!
10) m-Tickets – tickets of future!
Nowadays everything is done via Internet – shopping, communication and the best of all, you can easily buy your bus ticket without having to go to the bus station. Also, the fact that we have become a society of technology, the number of bus carriers who have turned to m-tickets is significantly rising. What’s an m-ticket? It is far more simple than you think. Basically, you buy a ticket via smartphone or tablet and there’s no need to print it out. You just show the QR code on your device upon entering the bus and that’s it. Great, right?