Intercity Vs Naked Bus
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 11:10 AM Last Post By: gazinessex
Jan 19, 2013 9:04 PM
Intercity Vs Naked BusHi,
We are looking into bus options for touring New Zealand. we were all set to go with the Naked Bus, the unlimited pass, but have since read some negative reviews about them leaving people stranded, along with an info centre saying that they are unreliable. has anyone used them recently? would you recommend?
Our other option is the intercity but these are a lot more expensive.
Any advice would be great fully appreciated.
Jan 20, 2013 6:57 AM
1We used Intercity and had no problems at all. I also heard about people getting left behind by Nakedbus but to be honest from the number of complaints I actually saw online I think these were really unusual incidents. I'm surprised you say that Intercity were a lot more expensive for travel passes, although I guess it depends on the exact type of pass you get. We chose Intercity because they went to a couple of places Naked Bus didn't and only seemed a tiny bit more expensive.
Jan 20, 2013 10:50 AM
2I'd say that'd be an unusual thing for Naked Bus, but they are the smaller company. Intercity has the biggest network in the country, and that adds a certain level of reliability. Their parent company also runs lots of different tourism activities, and they sometimes have tie-in discounts available.
Edited by: Andreas_at_LP
Jan 20, 2013 3:38 PM
Jan 20, 2013 4:18 PM
Jan 20, 2013 4:28 PM
5I use Intercity a lot as they go to a far greater range of places then Nakedbus. Intercity tickets can be dirt cheap if you book in advance... Dunedin to Te Anau for ~$15 for example. They have also brought in $1 fares as well (to copy Nakedbus) although I've never managed to grab one of those.
Depending on where you want to travel to Atomic Shuttle can also be a good alternative although their fares are pretty ridged and they don't tend to have sales. If you are looking at going tramping in some out of the way place on a main route (say between Fox glacier and Wanaka) then Atomic would be the best bus to take.
Jan 20, 2013 8:43 PM
6thanks so much for your help everyone.
bushtrekker - that is some awesome service - thanks for sharing.
Naked bus offer an unlimited pass for $599 valid for 1 year but you can't do the same route twice.
Inter city offer a 60hour pass for $449 + $81 for every extra 10 hours and we have worked out that we'll need about 100hrs if not more. so naked bus is the cheaper option.
Jan 21, 2013 12:24 AM
7Have you considered one of the hop on/hop off buses? Something like Magic If you buy your pass when they have one of their specials, you can save some serious money. Plus they pick up/drop off to your accommodation and you can take as many days as you like. They do have compulsory overnight stops. The beauty of course is you can stay for whatever length of nights wherever you like along the way. They also book accommodation as well.
Jan 22, 2013 11:10 AM
8I travelled on Intercity bus in Oct/Nov last year. Good value for money with friendly and very helpful drivers.
Plenty of stops for sightseeing along the way. Travelled on the overnighter from Wellington to Auckland for only $29... amazing. All tickets are bookable online with some bargains available if you can book in advance.
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