Now Rolling: San Fran-to-LA Luxury Overnight Buses

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/21/2017, 2:00 PM

Now rolling (again): the bus that takes you overnight between Los Angeles and San Francisco in your own sleeping pod. If it sounds familiar, it's because we tried this already. In April of 2016, SleepBus launched for $45 each way, but demand was so strong that its backers were overwhelmed and realized they were onto something. They pulled the product for a complete revamp. This July, it returned t...

There's a New Low-Cost Shuttle in Texas

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2016, 8:00 AM

There's good budget travel news in Texas, one of the tricker American states for tourists to see without a rental car.    Now rolling this week: Shofur, which is serves 12 daily routes between Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Waco. Like the low-cost bus services in the East (Bolt Bus, Megabus), the vehicles of Shofur have free on-board Wi-Fi, power outlets, and one-way fares t...

San Francisco-LA Sleeper "Bus" Debuts

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2016, 10:15 PM

This week, there's been a lot of press about the "Hyperloop" companies that are racing to create magnet-powered trains that will shuttle passengers at the speed of sound inside vacuum tubes. Despite small-scale tests that were loudly turned into into public relations moments, they're still concepts unproven on a large scale that are at least a half-decade away from completion, if they eve...

London's Tourist-Unfriendly Policies Are Flummoxing Visitors on Public Transit—Be Prepared!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/05/2014, 8:30 PM

Getting out of the London rain? Better not be using cash.   London's transit system is in flux, and tourists are getting the worst of it. All spring, the Underground was plagued by strikes (and the constant threat of them) because Transport for London, which governs it, announced intentions to close most of the Tube's staffed cashiers' windows. Instead, TfL said, everyone would si...

Wheels Not Wings: Three Tools To Help You Plan Better Bus, Train and Car Trips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2014, 9:30 PM

With the cost of airfare going up, up and away, many vacationers will be traveling closer to the ground this summer. If you’re one of them, here are three websites that could make your time on the road far more pleasant and cost effective. A website devoted to both planes and trains, it made a strategic partnership in late May with Greyhound, making it the only website—be...

Introducing Wanderu, the Site that Streamlines the Search for the Cheap Shuttle Bus Services

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/21/2013, 7:00 PM

It had to happen: Kayak for cheapie shuttle buses. New website Wanderu stops budget travelers from having to hunt through multiple sites for cheap bus fares. It grabs search results from a multitude of other sites—the back-end technology is a lot more complicated than you'd think—to bring bus options, including Megabus, Bolt Bus, Go Bus, DC2NY, and other modern shuttles, to a single s...

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