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.
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.
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.
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.