Flixbus Review: Sacramento to Oakland


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Bus travel has improved and is now a viable alternative to air travel offering express service between Metro Areas in the United States.   The new buses, have free wifi, wider seats, more leg room and its less stressful than flying.

Flixbus has routes between Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco.

In Sacramento, there are two locations (6th and W) and( 29th and K )

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A fan of Megabus. The Google ad suggested, Flixbus has kicked it up a notch.

The New Way to Travel by Bus in the US. Discover All Destinations and Book Now! Low-cost bus travel in California, Nevada and Arizona from just $2.99. Extra Legroom. Snacks & Drinks On Board. Luggage Included. Restrooms On Board. Power Outlets. Onboard Entertainment.

Dates of Travel:   July 12-15 2019

Sacramento: ( $10) The Oakland bound bus arrived at the designated pick up location 32 minutes late.  The Bus was a rebadged (or re vinyl wrapped) Amador Stage Line bus commonly seen in Downtown Sacramento.  If you look close, you can see the old badging underneath to fresh plastic.  I was disappointed to see the older bus ,but held out hope, that the amenities promised in the ad would be on board.But no go jongo!

 

The very nice and accommodating driver. couldn’t read the passenger manifest and after a struggle reading the tickets on the cell phone.  Most of us boarded on the honor system.

There was one more stop in Sacramento (A minor irritant).    The clean Bus didn’t have Wifi.  Leg room was tight for this 6.4 giant, (I had to sit at an angle) thankfully I had the seat to myself, the bus arrived to West Oakland’s Bart Station an hour late.

Geographically, West Oakland Bart Station is an excellent location. Its one stop away from Downtown Oakland and Downtown San Francisco.  Direct trains to Oakland International, San Francisco International  and to the Oakland Coliseum are available from the station.  Once in San Francisco, passengers can transfer to Muni ,for events at  ATT park and the Chase Center the new home of the Warriors. The only negative,there are few food choices near the station. 

Oakland: ($5)The Sacramento bound Bus, was more than an hour late. As in the first leg, the driver struggled with the passenger manifest.  On the road, the next stop was a long and very congested drive up University Ave to UC Berkeley (A major irritant). This bus did have Wifi, the signal was very weak, I wasn’t able to stream on my cell.   We arrive in Sacramento nearly 90 minutes late. 

Flixbus

+ Getting a last minute low price ticket is very easy.

+Clean Buses, friendly drivers

– Older buses poor Wifi, not as advertised on Google 

-Poor choice for commuters

-Late, unorganized

First Impressions:  As a bus company, Flixbus misses the mark, when compared to Megabus, and even Greyhound. Its mission statement might read, We want to be the old Greyhound.  The older freshly wrapped buses disappoint.  They do not compete with the newer buses from Megabus, Bolt (owned by Greyhound) and Greyhound. The only positive is it’s low price.

Was my experience a fluke?

We’ll see. In the next few weeks, we will taking Flexbus to Los Angeles.

Have you’ve taken Flixbus? Would like to hear your experiences.

CityFella

 

 

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Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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