Paying $1 a seat on a 383 mile bus ride sounds amazing doesn’t it?
And no.. it’s not Greyhound. I’ve taken that one before.
This in fact is for Megabus, which runs all over Europe, Canada and the United States.
Here’s your mini guide on how I was able to get tickets for Mike and I to San Francisco for one measly dollar.
How We Got Our L.A. to S.F. Tickets for $1
I have a soft spot for San Francisco, so naturally I try my best to find reasons to go back and see my besties.
I started looking for ticket’s when we were in the Philippines.
To give you an idea of the timeline, that was about 2 months before our projected travels to S.F.
I don’t exactly know how Megabus works so this is just my conclusion based on my booking experience.
It seems if you book far enough in advanced and you’re the very first person to book for that particular time and route, that you get the $1 fare.
The very first time I booked I screwed up, so I stopped the booking process before actually paying for the tickets and tried again and the tickets went up to $5.
Still $5 is very cheap.
So the price seems to depend on how far away you are from your booking date and how full the bus is.
I’ve seen prices that go up to $100+, but of course that’s because the bus must have been super full and they were last minute fares.
Keep in mind too, that when you book online you’re paying the booking fee, which was $2. Still… $4 for two one-way tickets plus booking fee is not bad at all.
We actually took the bus from the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) right next to the Angel’s stadium and the Honda Center.
It was super easy and because we were the first stop there were barely any people hopping on.
The driver was super awesome and accommodating.
We have taken the same route before (starting from the Union station in L.A.) and the driver then wasn’t terrible, but it would have been cool if she took it easy on the break to accelerator ratio (it was a stop and go ride a lot of the way up).
Our driver this time was great.
Since we took the 3:30pm bus it gave us a good amount of time to rest and the ride went quickly.
The seats are nice. They’re not super luxurious couch like seats, but they really aren’t that bad.
The air conditioning is cool, though I did sit on the top right behind the back stairway and it gets pretty cold there.
Mike sat across from me and his seats weren’t that bad.
There is Wi-Fi available and though I just used my phone data, I imagine if a lot of people are using it (especially streaming) it would probably crawl.
The toilet is downstairs in the back and though I didn’t use it, it was pretty creepy using it on a moving bus, but seriously… when you have to go you have to go.
This is a view of the ARTIC from the inside:
We were one of the view leaving from Anaheim heading towards LA and Burbank:
Here’s an older SF video I made:
All in all, we figured that it wasn’t a big deal if we didn’t use the tickets. But we did end up going and we enjoyed the ride.
I’d definitely recommend taking Megabus if you are in the U.S., Canada or Europe.