Travel Tip of the Day: Greyhound Bus Trick

GreyhoundI know that my name is Johnny Jet, not Johnny Bus, but I above all I like to save money and time and avoid hassles when I travel—and sometimes taking the bus is the best option.

Last week, I learned a valuable trick while booking a Greyhound ticket from Erie, Pennsylvania to Mississauga, Ontario (just outside of Toronto). The price for the journey was $52.50 for a last-minute ticket (24 hours in advance), a great deal because flying from Erie to Toronto costs anywhere between $250 and $950 for a one-way ticket. Flying also requires a change of planes and riding on a cramped prop plane unless you fly on one of Delta’s tired regional jets (that’s the $950).

When I noticed there was a transfer in Buffalo, I decided to price my ticket out as two one-ways instead of one. Sure enough, the price went down drastically! A ticket from Erie to Buffalo was only $12 (above) and then the ticket from Buffalo to Mississauga was just $20 (below). By breaking it into two trips I saved almost 40 percent. Crazy, right?

For more on my trip and all that I learned about Greyhound, check out my story here.

Note: Keep in mind if your first bus is late and you miss your connection you will most likely have to buy a whole new second ticket or plea for an agent or driver to let you slide.

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Comments

  1. Way to go Johnny…Thanks for the Greyhound tip. Our next bus or train trip that requires a change – – we’ll price our ticket out as 2-ways…We’re always looking to save a few bucks when we are on the road…Michael Z, Manhattan.

  2. Nancy USA says:

    Thanks.
    Have you also checked out BOLT busses?
    They are a division of Greyhound I’m told. They have very limited service (most east coast I think). There has been no promotion here on the west coast but an Italian friend visiting found them and got LA to San Fran for $7. Similar cheap fares LA to Vegas, and something as cheap to Seattle!
    I was hoping for something out of San Diego (my town) to help us get to Vegas or through LA (hate that drive!). Apparently there was a route out of SD but it only lasted a month.
    This all took place around Christmas. I need to go back and research again.

  3. Nancy Reid says:

    Never would have thought! What a great idea!

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