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Riding Megabus in the South

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Riding Megabus in the South

Megabus is known for $1 bus fares throughout Europe, but the company has expanded into the United States market and even here in the South. I recently took a bus from Atlanta to New Orleans for less than $30 USD. I highly recommend using Megabus as an option for traveling around the South, especially as an alternative to driving or flying.

Where Does Megabus Go?

Megabus has done a great job of expanding into the south, with hubs in major cities like Atlanta, Charlotte and New Orleans. You can go throughout the region very easily. See the map below for all stops.

Alabama

Arkansas

Georgia

Florida

Louisiana

Kentucky

Mississippi

North Carolina

South Carolina

Tennessee

Virginia

District of Columbia

How Much Does It Cost?

The appeal of riding Megabus is that it starts cheap, with the first ticket sold for each fare starting at $1. Yes, only a dollar! Each additional ticket goes up in price, but will never cost you more than $30 for a standard fare. Some longer haul routes may cost more like $100, but this is not typical. You will probably not find airfare or fuel up a rental car for less than the cost of a bus ticket.

What Can I Expect?

The Megabus fleet isn’t your typical run down chicken bus. They are double decker buses with plenty of seating. In case you were wondering, the best seat in the house is the top deck front row, which makes you feel like you are driving the bus yourself.

The buses have free WiFi, which is admittedly spotty when not at the station, plenty of electric plugs, reading lights and a smartphone app that allows you to book online and show it as your ticket.

riding megabus

What Should I Bring?

It’s important to pack light while riding Megabus, as you only get two bags, one to check and one to carry on. If you decide not to place your bag underneath the bus, you might have it placed at your feet. There is not a place to put bags above your head, so you have to hope that there is no one sitting next to you.

I recommend bringing any entertainment you might want while on board, including books, movies and magazines. The bus typically makes at least one stop for any trip so it is possible to grab a bite to go, but you’re better off bringing a few snacks on board. Just don’t go overboard, as you might get asked to throw it away. If you are taking a night bus, I highly recommend bringing an eye mask and earplugs.

More Information

It’s important to know where your stop is in relation to your destination, as some are still a short drive from the central business district. Thankfully, the New Orleans stop was right in the French Quarter next to all the tourist attractions. The Atlanta stop is at the Civic Center MARTA station, accessible from the airport and most of the city. Stops also change regularly, so check the website before your trip. Someone might ask for the seat next to you, so it’s good form to leave room for other passengers.

Have you thought about riding Megabus in the South?

This website is not a booking agent or affiliate of Megabus, so please direct your questions to the official Megabus website. This post simply details my experiences as a traveler using the bus service in the region.

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  1. Mobile
    City in Alabama

    Mobile Alabama
  2. Montgomery
    City in Alabama

    Montgomery Alabama
  3. Birmingham
    City in Alabama

    Birmingham Alabama
  4. Little Rock
    City in Arkansas

    Little Rock Arkansas
  5. Atlanta
    City in Georgia

    Atlanta Georgia
  6. Athens
    City in Georgia

    Athens Georgia
  7. Orlando
    City in Florida

    Orlando Florida
  8. Jacksonville
    City in Florida

    Jacksonville Florida
  9. Gainesville
    City in Florida

    Gainesville Florida
  10. Miami
    City in Florida

    Miami Florida
  11. Tampa
    City in Florida

    Tampa Florida
  12. Tallahassee
    City in Florida

    Tallahassee Florida
  13. New Orleans
    City in Louisiana

    New Orleans Louisiana
  14. Lexington
    City in Kentucky

    Lexington Kentucky
  15. Louisville
    City in Kentucky

    Louisville Kentucky
  16. Jackson
    City in Mississippi

    Jackson Mississippi
  17. Oxford
    City in Mississippi

    Mississippi
  18. Charlotte
    City in North Carolina

    Charlotte North Carolina
  19. Fayetteville
    City in North Carolina

    Fayetteville North Carolina
  20. Durham
    City in North Carolina

    Durham North Carolina
  21. Columbia
    City in South Carolina

    Columbia South Carolina
  22. Chattanooga
    City in Tennessee

    Chattanooga Tennessee
  23. Nashville
    City in Tennessee

    Nashville Tennessee
  24. Memphis
    City in Tennessee

    Memphis Tennessee
  25. Knoxville
    City in Tennessee

    Knoxville Tennessee
  26. Richmond
    City in Virginia

    Richmond Virginia
  27. Christiansburg
    City in Virginia

    Christiansburg Virginia
  28. Hampton
    City in Virginia

    Hampton Virginia
  29. Washington DC
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    Washington DC D.C.

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11 Responses to Riding Megabus in the South

  1. antonette chappel April 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    how much does it cost to ride the mega bus from neworleans to texarkana texas. or what is the closes place the mega bus comes to from new orleans and how much is a round trip from new orleans to texarkana

  2. antonette chappel April 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    what is the closes place the mega bus from new orleans stop at and the price of a round trip ticket

  3. Stacey March 15, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    How much would it cost for me to ride a mega bus from jaxsonville florida to atlanta ga

    • Caroline Eubanks March 16, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Stacey, it depends on if you are the first to book. They all start at $1 and go up with each additional person.

  4. Patricia Lucas September 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    What’s Maga contact number ?

  5. John k. Mckenzie March 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    How much would a bus ticket cost from Nashville Tennessee to Fayetteville n.c. Cost?

  6. Marie Doby March 20, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Where do I find prices &places for Megabus

    • Caroline Eubanks March 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

      Go to Megabus.com and select USA for both prices and fares. This is only a post about what it’s like to ride Megabus.

  7. Temple August 7, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    What is the cost from Jacksonville Florida to south Carolina and or to north Carolina

  8. Ardelia McDaniel June 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    How does it works to get to and from Columbia South Carolina

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