Best way of getting around - west coast road trip?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 3, 2012 7:18 PM Last Post By: congochris
Dec 2, 2012 12:57 PM
Best way of getting around - west coast road trip?Hi guys,
I've been researching ways to get around in the States. I really would like to go to Seattle, Portland, then on down to San Fransico, LA, San Diego and Vegas, over the period of about five weeks.
I was absolutely heartbroken that the Greyhound Discovery Pass has now been discontinued! I was looking up Amtrak and it really seems to be a bit of a rip-off for a train ticket, and as I would like to travel over five weeks it doesnt really seem do-able. Are there any other bus passes like the greyhound discovery pass that anyone really knows about? If not, are there any other cheap ways to get around?
I'm sure this question has been asked time and time again, I have tried to research it but I'm not really getting anywhere. Any help will be appreciated, even if I was pointed in the right direction!
Thanks everyone :) xxx
Dec 2, 2012 1:54 PM
1Greyhound is the only long-distance bus company. AMTRAK is the only train.
There are less expensive buses between some cities. They are direct buses--no stopping off at some interesting small town on the way. GoToBus acts as a broker for some of them.
Megabus has recently announced new services in California & Nevada.
Green Tortoise has a Hostel hopper that goes between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, only in the summer.
Bundu Bus is also worth a look.
Dec 2, 2012 3:46 PM
2If you enter "west coast usa tours by bus" into a search engine, there are a lot of options, on the face of it.
Whether they cover Seattle to Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and at a price that is within your budget, may take some research. But tours at least go to highlight places outside cities, whereas regular buses and trains will generally not.
Dec 3, 2012 5:08 AM
3Nutrax -- thank you for the link to Bundu Bus tours to Zion, Bryce, Arches, etc. I attempted to visit those national parks in September, but I could not find the linking backroads on my maps. I see from their maps that I will need to get the topographic maps in an Atlas of Utah and maybe Arizona before driving there this coming Spring.
Dec 3, 2012 12:09 PM
Dec 3, 2012 7:18 PM
5There is a seperate Amtrak rail pass just for California that might be worth looking into depending on your schedule there. Just be sure to look over all limitations, and make sure there are seats availale to pass holders for the days yoy want to travel before you buy. (passes usually only have limited seats available per train)
Metrolink, the regional train in the greater Los Angeles area, has a $10 weekend pass, which can get you from Ventura in the north, to Oceanside in the south. Also have 7 day and monthly passes. http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/promotions_detail/title/Weekend_Pass
There are some local/regional bus companies, which you can piece together to travel quite far. In fact you can get from the Mexican border to the Oregon border without once taking Greyhound/Amtrak. While more interesting and scenic, the prices would end up much higher then Greyhound, and there schedules are very limited
The prices for tickets can vary on Amtrak, depending on the day of the week and if its on/near a holiday, etc. Try putting in various days to see if the price lowers for you. But dont forget also that prices may seem high, but you are also travelling a great distance. Seattle-LA-Vegas is the equivalent distance of going between Dublin and Cork 14 times
Good luck and have fun
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