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Bus 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.
- Bus Online Ticket Co sells tickets for multiple bus companies
- The Transport Company, Ltd. Thailand is the public bus company, site only in Thai
- I Love Yellow Bus
- Greyhound Australia
- Firefly Express Coaches
- Premier Motor Service
- Integrity Coach Lines
- Kynoch Coaches
- 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:
- El Salvador
- Costa Rica
- FANY provides bus service for all of Romania
- 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
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
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
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
Mexico City (Airport, Observatorio), Toluca
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
All of the U.S.A.
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.
These bus systems cover Washington D.C., New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.
- Bolt Bus
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.
- Fung Wah
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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