A few years ago an Bus alternative to Greyhound entered the Sacramento market, Megabus with fares as low as $1.00 to Reno and San Francisco. The San Francisco leg is extremely popular. Giving Sacramentians a lower cost option for communters to the city. Last January, the company discontinued its Reno-Sparks route.
A new player is entering the market. German-based bus carrier FlixBus announced new destinations in California on Thursday, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Oakland and San Jose.
Trips from Sacramento to Los Angeles are as low as $14.99. Some are $19.99. Trips the other way are at $19.99. Trips to San Francisco are just $4.99. They offer a route from L.A to Vegas for $7.00. Unlike,Megabus Flexbus will offer snacks on some of it’s routes.
Update: Fares for Thursday and Friday are closer to $40.
FlixBus, which began in Germany, expanded to the United States in May of this year and plans to a major player in Transpotation in United States. They plan to open in Stockton, Modesto, Merced Fresno.and Reno.
Buses are coming back, But think Amazon. No brick and morter stations. Booking and paying online. Book in advance and save? There prices are much lower on average than Greyhound and considerabley lower than the train. They offer Free WiFi and charging stations. Millennials seem to be the primary customer base .
The buses will be a true low cost alterative to the airlines. Megabus makes one stop between the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Traveltime between Northern Cailfornia and Southern Cailfornia will be six to seven hours compared to a one hour flight. However once you factor, arrival time, security, travel time to the central city. (if your renting a car at LAX add an additional hour) the time difference is four hours.
I’ve expericed the MegaBus and loved it
From New Orleans to Austin Texas
Nyc to Provience Rhode Island
They say what’s old become new again and Buses are back!