The US long-distance bus company MegaBus advertises tickets for US$1 (~€1). However, these are usually sold out after a very short time and then only trips for 20 to 40 dollars (sometimes more) remain available.
Currently, the chances of securing cheap tickets are very good, because the bookings for June through September 2023 were opened on Tuesday. Even on longer routes, there are many cheap tickets. In addition to the ticket price, there is a booking fee of US$4 (~€4), so the more tickets you buy at once, the cheaper these tickets get. At some stations, Megabus also charges a “facility fee” (about US$1 (~€1)).
Tickets for US$1 (~€1) (plus a one-time US$4 (~€4) booking fee per booking) are available on the following routes, among others. This time, the promotion focuses on California:
- Los Angeles ↔ San Francisco
- Los Angeles ↔ Sacramento
- San Francisco ↔ Fresno
- San Francisco ↔ Bakersfield
- Los Angeles ↔ Bakersfield
- Los Angeles ↔ Las Vegas
Unfortunately, there is usually only one seat per bus for the cheapest price. If you are travelling as a couple, you’d pay significantly more.
Long-distance bus travel in the USA is similar to that in Europe. The following services are included with Megabus:
- One piece of luggage, up to 20 kg
- A personal item (e.g. small backpack)
- Free Wi-Fi
- Power sockets
However, you should be aware that there can be significant delays, especially on longer journeys. Nevertheless, my previous experiences with Megabus have all been positive.
Search & Book
The $1 fares will sell out quickly, so if you are planning a trip within the US, rather book your bus journey sooner than later.
The best way to find fares is to select departure and arrival city and an approximate date. Then you need to check the date selection at the top for the cheapest fares on particular days.
In the end, the booking fee will be added:
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