Greyhound Las Vegas to Flagstaff
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 12, 2008 3:43 AM Last Post By: hamster32
Feb 7, 2008 6:03 AM
Greyhound Las Vegas to FlagstaffHi
Has anyone taken this trip on Greyhound recently?
I'm thinking of taking the 6.20am bus from Las Vegas on a friday morning, but would like to get off at Williams (which is just before Flagstaff). What are the drivers like on this route and are they OK about you getting off the bus at an unscheduled stop? I'd be travelling with carry-on bag only, so literraly just need to jump out...
And what's the bus ride in general, reasonably comfortable? Is it likely to be full?
Feb 7, 2008 7:58 AM
Its technically against policy for bus drivers to let you off somewhere besides scheduled stops, so its not all that likely - especially since the driver will have to exit the interstate and drive into Williams to accomodate you. It can't hurt to ask, but I'd have a Plan B.
Not to pry, but why getting off in Williams? I'm guessing you're on your way to Grand Canyon? Williams is closer to the Grand Canyon, but unless you're taking the train its at least as easy to get there from Flagstaff. The train, by the way, is not utilitarain public transport, its an expensive tourist attraction - just so you know. Flagstaff is a much better place for a backpacker type - there's a hostel that runs an inexpensive shuttle/tour service to GC and a there's a vastly better social scene for travelers if thats your thing.
Edited by: FlagStuff
Feb 7, 2008 8:42 AM
2Need to ask Greyhound directly if you want to be sure in advance. If memory serves me correctly (I have not ridden the Hound for many years), I saw people get off or on at places not listed on the schedule (schedule lists towns where you will definitely stop). But it is a matter of company (and/or Interstate Commerce Commission) policy not the discretion of individual drivers. Who can say if the bus will be full? Depends on when you are traveling (e.g., near a holiday) and where your bus starts (if not Vegas) and where it is going to. Greyhound will often add busses if one fills, but don´t take that as a guarantee.
Feb 7, 2008 4:45 PM
Feb 8, 2008 2:13 AM
4FlagStuff... you're correct, I'm looking for public transport to GC Village since I don't drive (and my fellow traveller won’t fly in small planes/helicopters!)
So plan B would be to get off in Flagstaff (scheduled arrival 12.45pm) and take the OpenRoadTours shuttle to GC at 3pm. But that shuttle goes back the same way via Williams, which is why I'd rather get off the Greyhound there, have 3 hrs (to stretch our legs/have lunch/shop, etc) and then pick up the shuttle from Williams around 3.30pm...
So when I eventually get to GC Village, I've booked 3 nights at one of the lodges, and then Monday morning I take the same shuttle back to Flagstaff and travel on from there... so I will get to spend a day in Flagstaff anyway...
But just out of interest, what's the name of the hostel that runs a shuttle/tour service to GC that you're referring to?
BubbaK... I've emailed Greyhound directly but have not heard from them yet. It would be nice if they gave me a straight answer so I know where I stand...
I've read about the touristy train, it's not really for me and I won't be there early enough to catch it in any case...
I guess Plan C would be to book a more expensive bus tour from Vegas and leave the tour when it gets to GC Village…
Feb 8, 2008 9:13 AM
5You don't need a Plan C. Plans A and B are fine and certainly one of them will work. I'm surprised the Open Road goes through Williams, but since they do I can see why you'd want to get off there. If that works out, great. If not, its not the end of the world, Plan B will work fine.
The name of the hostel is Grand Canyon International Hostel. I've never stayed there - I lived in Flagstaff until fairly recently, so no need to use the hostel! But its in a good location and people regard it highly.
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