Greyhound Canada is the king, plowing along an extensive network in central and western Canada, as well as to/from the USA. Regional carriers pick up the slack, especially in the east.
Buses are generally clean, comfortable and reliable. Amenities may include onboard toilets, air-conditioning (bring a sweater), reclining seats, free wi-fi and onboard movies. Smoking is not permitted. On long journeys, buses make meal stops every few hours, usually at highway service stations.
Autobus Maheux Service from Montréal to Québec's northwest regions.
Coach Canada Scheduled service within Ontario and from Toronto to Montréal.
DRL Coachlines Service throughout Newfoundland.
Intercar Connects Québec City, Montréal and Tadoussac, among other towns in Québec.
Limocar Regional service in Québec.
Maritime Bus For New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Megabus (www.megabus.com) Service between Toronto and Montréal via Kingston; tickets can only be purchased online.
Ontario Northland Operates bus and train routes that service northern Ontario from Toronto.
Orléans Express Service to eastern Québec.
Pacific Coach Lines Service between Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler.
Parkbus Runs from Toronto to Algonquin, Killarney and other Ontario parks.
Red Arrow Serves all the major cities in Alberta, with free wi-fi, snacks, drinks and plug-ins.
Saskatchewan Transportation Company Service within Saskatchewan.
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Tickets can be bought online or at bus terminals for Greyhound. Some companies, such as Megabus, take reservations online only. The earlier you buy a ticket online, the cheaper your fare.
Show up at least 30 to 45 minutes prior to departure.
Greyhound and most other companies do not offer any special discount passes.
Bus travel is cheaper than other means of transport. The earlier you buy a ticket online, the cheaper your fare.