When I Rode Greyhound

May 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Ear­lier this month, I took the Grey­hound Express from Nashville to Atlanta for a con­fer­ence. I wanted to save costs wher­ever pos­si­ble, so a rental car was out — over a week, even the cheap­est option gets really expen­sive. Also, book­ing early on Grey­hound gave quite a dis­count — it was a whop­ping $15 for a round trip ticket. 20x cheaper than fly­ing, and free bag­gage was included.

I took a taxi from the house to the Nashville Grey­hound sta­tion (Eryn was already out of town on another trip). Sur­pris­ingly high-tech for Nashville, these lit­tle Tax­iMagic appli­ances are quite handy when you want to avoid cash in taxis. Atlanta taxis could take a lesson!

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I arrived at the bus sta­tion a full hour early, which gave plenty of time to check out the clean-but-cramped space. Lines every­where, snaking around the dif­fer­ent “express” areas. A tip — you stay with your bag­gage the whole time. After I had got­ten my bag tagged, I thought they would take it to the bus, akin to com­mer­cial air travel. But no — you stay as close (or as far) from your bag as you desire, car­ry­ing it out to the bus when the time comes to board.

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