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Buses in United States

Buses are a convenient and popular way to get around the United States. Locals and visitors alike take buses to neighboring cities, states, and even across country. While planes and trains are prevalent modes of transport in the United States, buses have actually been on streets in the country since the early 1800s when horse-drawn-omnibuses became a popular mode of public transport. Like trains, buses travel between major cities, but unlike trains and other modes of transport, buses can reach some smaller cities and towns that are otherwise hard to access.  Popular bus routes across the US include Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Miami to Orlando, and New York City to Washington D. C.

Buses are a great way to have fun traveling with friends while seeing some fantastic landscapes and unique urban cityscapes. Bus schedules and amenities depend on the route, time of year and company, but long-distance buses always include restrooms on board, and often have Wi-Fi and other amenities that make the journey a comfortable, pleasant experience. Plus, getting a bus ticket couldn't be easier with Omio's online and mobile ticketing options.

Booking with Omio

Buy cheap tickets through Omio's website online or on mobile. Mobile ticketing is a highly convenient way to purchase bus tickets regardless of bus company. This paperless option is perfect for backpackers and busy people on the go. Tickets can be purchased on mobile from anywhere, in any currency and language, and are available whether your trip is planned or last-minute. 

Bus companies in the United States

The major providers of buses in United States are Amtrak and Flixbus. Amtrak is one of the United States' most extensive railroad companies, offering hundreds of train and bus routes across the country every day of the year. Amtrak offers buses along popular United States routes including Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Amtrak is a reliable and safe provider of frequent buses that connect and integrate with their train network across the country. Amtrak's Thruway buses are a great option for locals and tourists to reach attractions and destinations that are normally hard to reach with public transportation, such as Yosemite and Colorado Springs.

Flixbus is Europe's major bus company and is growing in popularity across the United States. Flixbus provides hundreds of budget-friendly buses to and fro big cities, especially New York City and Washington D. C. Flixbus is known for affordable and frequent buses scheduled to depart throughout the early and late hours.

There are also a number of smaller providers of buses in United States, including Go Bus, which offers safe, reliable routes between major cities, including several daily buses out of Boston and frequent buses along the popular route from Washington D. C. to New York City. Redcoach and Supertours also operate excellent services across major Florida cities including Orlando, Miami, and Tampa. 

Popular international routes by bus

Buses in United States are a great way to travel within the country as well as internationally to Canada and Mexico. There are frequent buses from the United States to Canada, with Amtrak and Flixbus. Buses can get you to Canada's major cities including Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. The major departure cities in the United States for buses into Canada are Seattle and New York City, but there are also buses from Portland and Boston, among others.

Popular international routes by bus from the United States to Canada include from Seattle to Vancouver, New York City to Montreal, New York City to Ottawa, and New York City to Toronto. Omio has online and mobile ticketing options for these rides with Amtrak, Flixbus, and many other providers of bus services. 

Buses to Mexico typically depart southern United States cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Most buses arrive to Tijuana in Mexico. Popular routes into Mexico include San Diego to Tijuana, Fresno to Tijuana, and Las Vegas to Tijuana.

When arriving

Before you take your bus, a great travel tip is to download offline maps of your destination, so that when you get off the bus at your United States destination you can enjoy stretching your legs and exploring without getting lost. Check out your bus station and its surrounds beforehand. Many buses arrive at central stations, but sometimes the smaller, regional bus stations don't have a lot of options for restaurants, restrooms or further transport.

If you're taking an overnight bus, most passengers will take the ride to sleep, so bring along some relaxing music, a comfortable neck pillow, and settle in for the journey. Every city in the United States is different, so when you arrive in your destination, be sure to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy the local food, culture and sights.