Greyhound Review: Sacramento to Reno

Image result for greyhound sacramento PREVOST With over 3800 destinations Greyhound is America’s bus line.    It is the daily primary transportation for millions of American living in communities not served by train or plane.

For decades, a Greyhound Station was a source of pride for many communities.  By the 70’s the stations were synonymous with crime. By the late nineties many of these stations were relocated from the central city to remote areas of the city.   In 2011, Greyhound station in Sacramento moved from is L street terminal downtown to Richards Blvd.

My love affair with Greyhound ended in my teens when I took the hound from New York City to San Francisco.  That was reinforced a few of years ago on a trip from Atlanta to New Orleans. While there were  banners that read that the new buses had extra leg room and wifi on board.    That wasn’t my experience. My bus was crowded, there wasn’t any wifi, uncomfortable seats with marginal air conditioning and passengers who treated the bus like a garbage dump.


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Greyhound dominance as a bus company is being challenged.  In 2008, facing competition from low cost carriers like Megabus launched BoltBus.  Most of Boltbus operations are on the East Coast.  BoltBus like MegaBus entered California and Nevada and left the market due to low ridership.  Boltbus is thriving in the Pacific Northwest, with routes in Oregon and Washington to British Columbia.     Boltbus operates much like the other low cost carriers and does not operate out of Greyhound Stations.

German Giant Flixbus entered the US in May and is serving many of the smaller cities that Greyhound abandoned.  Many Greyhound station have security,  Some have metal detectors found at US airports.  The company is rolling digital timetable at its stations

Passengers can purchase tickets online. and its pricing is flexible.  If a passenger take a route with stops or chooses a late or non commuter buses, he may find a price that is considerably lower.  More stations have restaurants for travelers with some stations featuring Starbucks.

Review: Sacramento to Reno   

Dates of Travel  June 20-24, 2019

Sacramento ($14.85) The bus arrived 45 minutes late.   The bus was three quarters full and there was a stop in Loomis and Truckee before arriving to Reno.  The bus, Prevost X3-45 was clean.  This giant 6.4 370 man found the leather seats comfortable and the person sitting next to me had ample room. ( Not a small feat, I have paid $75 for a larger seat on American and has less room than the Greyhound)  The AC , on this mid nineties afternoon was very cold.   Each passenger had a power source for her cell phone or electronics.  Throughout the bus were instructional signs to connect to the Wifi.   The Wifi was just okay, Greyhound doesn’t recommend downloading or Streaming. So its not conducive for working.  Where Greyhound makes up for those shortcomings is their Onboard Entertainment Suite.   Passengers, has a limited amount of free movies, TV shows, games, and news sites available.  Aren t one point in the Sierras the I lost the signal.  The bus arrived to the Amtrak Station a block from Reno’s famous Arch. 30 minutes late.

Reno ($15.00) The bus arrived 10 minutes late. The bus,another Prevost X3-45.  I asked frequent travel how did he liked the bus.  While he wasn’t as impressed as I was, he said there are a lot of older buses in the fleet, they have new seats and wifi but they aren’t as comfortable.  He went on about stations and attitudes of the drivers who set the tone of the trip.  As for the trip, this was an express to Sacramento  I settled in, and watched the movie ” Girl Trip”. if there was a negative about the trip.  The bus arrived in Sacramento early and I didn’t get to see the ending.


+ New comfortable buses with wifi and Entertainment Suite

+ Flexible Low Pricing

– Slow Wifi, not good for those wanting to work as they travel

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Greyhound, stepped up its game.  I was very impressed with the room and comfort of the new buses.  While the stations are improved and are safer its still difficult to shake its seedy image.




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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