Greyhound tickets prices are so low that you may consider bus travel as an alternative to air travel if your schedule allows. There are plenty of ways to find great deals on Greyhound tickets to many great destinations.
Pricing for Greyhound Tickets
Prices for bus tickets vary and can depend on your starting and ending point and whether you purchase a one-way or round-trip one. Other factors that determine the price of your ticket are your age, when you purchase the ticket and if you are using any discounts.
Types of Ticket Discounts
Greyhound tickets prices are even lower when you take advantage of the many discounts available. When checking fares, always check to see if you might be eligible for a reduced rate.
If you sign up for Greyhound's Road Rewards, you will receive a 10 percent discount on your next ticket purchase. The program runs on a cycle of 12 months and you accumulate points each time you purchase a ticket. Collect Destination Points and receive perks such as:
- One free companion pass with a paid full-fare ticket.
- One time 15 percent ticket discount for yourself.
- One free Companion Pass and 20 percent off your next ticket purchase.
- One free ticket to anywhere Greyhound goes.
Greyhound offers two advance purchase discounts:
- Save up to 25 percent on tickets purchased 14 days in advance
- Save 10 percent on tickets purchased seven days in advance
Advance purchase specials are also available periodically. These may save you as much as 50 percent off standard fares.
There are also money saving deals offered on the Greyhound website. These are only available by booking online. No advance purchase is required.
Children under 12 are eligible for a discount when traveling with an adult on the same itinerary. Children under two ride for free when traveling with someone 15 or older. In addition, children two through 11 years old receive a 25 percent discount. All children's discounts are calculated with the regular full adult fare. Also, be aware that some restrictions may apply to these rate reductions.
Students may receive special discounts by purchasing a Student Advantage Discount card. The card costs $20. It entitles the student to a 20 percent discount on fares and a 40 percent discount on shipping packages.
A military discount is given to active duty, retired military personnel and dependent family members. The discount is 10 percent off of unrestricted fares. Military personnel may also travel round trip anywhere in the continental U.S. for the flat rate of $209.
Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and their families may also join the Veterans Advantage program which gives members a 20 percent discount on fares.
Friends and Family
You can save 50 percent on up to three companion tickets when you purchase one regularly priced adult walk-up ticket. Purchase must be made at least three days in advance of travel and is good on one way and round trip tickets.
Purchasing Greyhound Tickets
There are several options to choose from for purchasing tickets:
You may buy tickets online at the Greyhound website. Your ticket will be mailed to you. You may also pick up your ticket at the bus terminal. If you have your tickets mailed, a U.S. credit card and mailing address are required.
Purchase by Phone
If you live in the U.S., you may buy a ticket by calling Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 . You will need a credit card to purchase by phone.
Many Greyhound terminals across the nation sell tickets. Some also have self service kiosks. You may purchase your ticket with:
- U.S. credit cards
- Travelers checks
- Personal checks with appropriate identification
Just remember: Money orders are not accepted as payment.
There are hundreds of independent agencies that sell Greyhound tickets. These agencies sell both advance purchase and next bus available tickets. Payment acceptance methods vary by agency. TravelHub.com is a great resource for finding an agency if you don't already have a relationship with one.
Gift Ticket Orders
You may buy a bus ticket for someone else with a Gift Ticket Order. Tickets can be picked up at the departure station. A non-refundable fee applies and only the purchaser may cancel the ticket and apply for a refund of the fare.
Convenient and Affordable
Greyhound makes purchasing tickets convenient and affordable. You can take advantage of one of the many discount programs to save money on your purchase. Consider taking the bus for your next trip and discover the ease of traveling this way.