Bus travel around the world

National Express bus in EnglandBus travel is economical, eco-friendly, and sometimes much faster than other options. In Mexico and Brazil for example, it's the cheapest way to get around, and quite comfortable as well.

Taking a bus saves significantly on CO2 emissions, as we mention in these travel tips, the difference is between traveling 4,000 km in an airplane per ton of CO2, and a massive 33,000 km in a long distance bus! So, the next time you need to travel, try the bus if you can.

Below are the largest bus systems in a number of countries.

Asia

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Australia

Bus travel in the Outback

Bus/Coach Systems

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Central America

  • Tica Bus
    Routes in Central America covering the capitals and cities along the route (map here). Starts in Tapachula, Mexico, and goes through the following countries:
    • Guatemala
    • El Salvador
    • Honduras
    • Nicaragua
    • Costa Rica
    • Panama

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Europe

Bus/Coach Systems

Poland

Romania

  • FANY provides bus service for all of Romania

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Mexico

  • Flecha Amarilla
    Mexico City Airport, Mexico City (Norte), Aguascalientes, Celaya, Colima, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Irapuato, Leon, Morelia, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel de Allende.
    Spanish only site with timetables, prices and distances available
  • ETN
    Mexico City (Norte), Mexico City (Observatorio), Aguascalientes, Celaya, Colima, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Irapuato, Leon, Manzanillo, Morelia, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel de Allende, Uruapan, Zamora.
    One of the best luxury services with only 24 seats per bus
  • ADO GL
    Mexico City (TAPO and Norte), Cancun, Chetumal, Merida, Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca, Puebla, Jalapa, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Tampico, Poza Rica
    Timetables, prices and journey times available in English and Spanish
    This site features ADO's luxury (GL) services
    For first class services use Ticketbus
  • UNO
    Mexico City (TAPO), Cancun, Campeche, Merida, Oaxaca, Puebla, Jalapa, San Cristobal de las Casas, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Tampico, Poza Rica
    Luxury service! Timetables, prices and journey times available in English and Spanish.
    If this site isn't available use Ticketbus
  • Ticketbus
    Mexico City (TAPO and Norte), Cancun, Campeche, Chetumal, Huatulco, Merida, Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Escondido, Jalapa, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Tampico, Poza Rica, Tapachula, Tuxtla Gutierrez
  • Estrella de Oro
    Mexico City (Taxquena), Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Chipancingo, Cuernavaca, Ixtapa, Queretaro, Lazaro Cardenas, Taxco, Zihuatanejo
    Includes luxury "Diamante" services between Mexico City and Acapulco. Excellent, fast website with online reservations and ticket purchase
  • Omnibus de Mexico
    Mexico City (Norte), Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Leon, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas
    Schedules and prices available in Spanish
  • Estrella Roja
    Mexico City Airport, Puebla (downtown and CAPU)
    Timetables, prices and journey times available in Spanish
  • TMT
    Mexico City (Airport, Observatorio), Toluca
  • Parhikuni
    Morelia, Patzcuaro, Zihuatenejo, Ixtapa
  • Bamba Experience
    Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Zipolite, Mazunte, Huatulco, San Cristobal, Palenque, Flores/Tikal, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Guatemala, Panajachel, Antigua
    A flexible hop-on, hop-off travel network for backpackers. Very reasonable prices and a fun alternative to public transportation
  • Wayak Bus
    Mexico city, Puebla , Cordoba, Veracruz, Catemaco, Villahermosa, Palenque, Campeche, Uxmal, Merida, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum
    A hop-on, hop-off tourist bus service for independent travelers that offers daily departures and a hotel pick up and drop off. A great travel solution that offers flexibility, comfort and safety

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North America

All of the U.S.A.

  • Greyhound
  • Megabus
    Based in New York City, this service goes to many destinations on the East Coast and the Mid West, such as Chicago, Kansas City, Syracuse, Albany, Baltimore, Toronto, and Washington DC. Check the site for a current list of destinations from each of these stops.

East Coast

These bus systems cover Washington D.C., New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

  • Bolt Bus
  • Tripperbus
    What really sets Tripper Bus apart are the amenities normally lacking from such budget services: free WiFi signals on the bus, and electrical outlets by your seat, so you can stay plugged in and online throughout the four to four-and-a-half-hour ride.
  • Vamoose
  • Fung Wah
  • Apex

Please Google the safety records of Vamoose, Fung Wah, and Apex before you choose to book with them. They used to have a few issues around safety, which may have improved in the last year.

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United Kingdom

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Last updated by Jack on 14 December, 2014 in Travel.

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Comments

Included at Travel on a Shoestring

This bus operator roundup was kindly included in the Americas carnival at Travel on a Shoestring!

Jack on 17 June, 2008

The information you've provided here is outstanding. Not only you can use this to travel around for your holidays but also for other purposes...I rate this post 5 star. Keep more of these coming....

La Digue on 06 July, 2009

I’m wondering how somebody can submit new links to be listed above of transport operator for different countries? For example for Romania, FANY is one of the top leading coach and bus operators.

domn semaca on 16 November, 2009

Very informative article. In India, buses account for 90% of public transport in cities and with the third largest road network in the world, buses are the preferred mode of public transport for long distance, as most countrysides cannot be accessed by rail and airports are few or non-existent.

lkraj on 12 January, 2011

Thanks Ikraj. I'm going to add some more information to this page as well, so India will be one of those areas.

Jack on 12 January, 2011

What about Polski Bus in Poland "the best coach operator in the world"

Tomzch on 18 September, 2012

Hi Tomzch

I just added Polski Bus to the listings.

Jack on 19 September, 2012

I saw the busaroundtheworld.com written on metal railing off highway 1, north coast california on Sept 20, 2012. I am from Michigan and was traveling solo down the highway.

I saw written "Pazie vel czyste kolano and Alex Modeincockney. I am of Polish descent from the North East Region of Poland, Augostow area,

Marlene Czarkowski on 01 November, 2012

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