Which is safer? Greyhound or Amtrak?

Canada
November 22, 2008 6:17pm CST
I've heard all kinds of horror stories about bus travel in the U.S ...those might be in the minority, but which option is safer? How about quality? Or Price? I'm kind of looking for the cheapest way possible, since i'm still a student and have quite a trip (from Atlantic Canada to Utah, up to Victoria BC, over to Hamilton ON and back. This all doesnt have to be at the same trip, but that would be ideal), so unless i find some wicked deals a plane is out. But i'd pay a little extra for safety and comfort. Any advice?
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• United States
23 Nov 08
I prefer the Amtrak to the Greyhound anytime. The seats are more comfortable, and there's enough space. The crew onboard the Amtrak are even friendlier and helpful than those on the Greyhound. From my experience, Amtrak is usually more expensive than the Greyhound, but there are good deals that they offer at certain times. It is important to always plan the trip in advance. Happy traveling and happy myLotting!
• United States
23 Nov 08
I agree with you here. It is more comfortable with amtrak since the seats are more comfortable and you have more space where you can stretch your legs. That is more important for me since I wpuildnt be very tired after a long travel. Amtrak price is almost the same as Greyhound's. Just a bit higher but its ok for the convenience that it gives you.
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I just came back last week from a trip from Los Angeles to Seattle. I took Amtrak because it is very safe and it was rather cheap (98 dollars one way). I was thinking about Greyhound, but after that news story about the guy being decapitated my family said no way! The nice thing about Amtrak is that the seating is wide and comfortable and there is always a car steward (or whatever they're called) around to help if you need help. Just about everyone on a train is friendly so that's a plus as well I would certainly check out the Amtrak website and see what kind of a deal you can get
• Canada
23 Nov 08
Ironically the decapitation thing took place on Greyhound Canada, which i say ironic b/c I've taken the bus in Canada several times and it felt very safe (granted this was all in the Maritimes. Dunno if that says anything. I've only taken a train once, but it was enjoyable. In Canda the train is good for short trips, but VERY expensive for long ones. I might have to check some prices in the US to see how it compares.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
23 Nov 08
None can be safe, just as long as there are warnings on this transportation service. It all depends on the level of how this is capable of functioning..
@KMNash (40)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I have never rode Amtrak, but I can give you some info on Greyhound. As far as safety goes the biggest issue I saw was a need to really watch your bags. I a lot of stops you put your bag on the ground next to the bus, and show your ticket and get on, the bags are loaded by the driver or other greyhound people. I was lucky and never had the issue myself, but I know in some of the bigger cities there are people who stand around to grab bags and walk off with them, there is not a lot of security for the bags. As for comfort, it depends on how lucky you are on which buses run the route you are taking, I have been on buses that had like 15 people on a bus that seats 45-55 and I had a lot of room to get comfy, but I have also been on buses with people sitting on the floor between the seats because all the seats are all full. Some of the buses have nice seat, bigger and comfy, but the newer buses they gave up a lot of comfort to be able to seat more people on the bus. I have been on one bus, for a 2 hour ride on a seat that basically felt like concrete with a small foam padding My advice is, if you take greyhound, watch your bags... if you are going though any big cities, be ready to get off the bus and get inside quick for bus changes, and try to get as close to the front of the bus as you can in seating. I have made all my trips unscathed, and without major incident...but it was a long ride, and not the most comfortable in some cases.
@maximax8 (27048)
23 Nov 08
I know that I had an enjoyable time traveling on Amtrak in California and twice they were running five hours late. However they gave me a free taxi ride for half and hour when it arrived at midnight. I think the train seats are comfortable with lots of leg room. I would always go on train because it is more comfortable than the coach. Greyhound offers a good service so it is just my personal preference. Sometimes the train and bus stations are in dangerous parts of town. When I got to Union Station, Los Angeles at midnight there was a strong police presence outside it. So I think major cities are safe. Good luck deciding and happy traveling.