BusJunction: One More Reason to Take the Bus

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  04.16.09 | 10:29 AM ET

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It’s been almost a year since I grudgingly acknowledged that, train delays and airport security being what they are these days, taking the bus might sometimes be the most convenient and comfortable way to go.

Since then—one gruesome incident notwithstanding—I’ve gone from a still-reluctant bus user to a full-on regular. And I’m not the only one: new bus lines have been popping up everywhere (and particularly here in the U.S. Northeast), and now there’s even a dedicated bus carrier search engine, BusJunction.com.

The site’s simple enough to use: just plug in your departure point, destination and desired date of travel, and it generates a clearly laid-out list of options, with the lowest prices and amenities like onboard wi-fi or power outlets flagged. Greyhound, the major Chinatown lines, and the newer budget upstarts are all included in the search. West Coast types are out of luck for now; BusJunction currently only covers spots in the Northeast, the Midwest and parts of the South.

If, like me, you’ve given in to the affordability, convenience and (as a general rule) punctuality of inter-city bus travel, then BusJunction is worth checking out before your next trip.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

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