Guide To Cheap Intercity Ground Transport9 min read

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Homeless and Abroad is a website of sometimes legally grey, cheating the system, hard-learned advice on travelling the world cheaply and finding the culture and people in it. Andrew Fraieli, who is the author of the website, has been writing journalism for the past four years from news and features to science and travel, having been to 18 countries so far, hitchhiking over 3000 miles and Couchsurfed over 30 times.

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Ground transport varies from trains to buses, to ferries to hitchhiking. I use a large variety of these to get around everywhere I go and have looked for the cheapest combination and options. Hopefully, this helps to spell that out and be useful, I’ve split it into the USA and Europe as that is so far the only experience I have.

USA:

My experience is on the east coast of the country, I’ve travelled all up and down it. I’ve never gone west though so take this as east coast information.

Trains are expensive and I do not suggest them. If you are going a far distance the best idea is to fly as I guarantee it will be cheaper but it depends a lot on the season and how early you buy it, still should check. I don’t travel train because of its expense, leaving my recommendation for anything shorter than a cheap flight to be coach bus, the cheapest for its time frame.

The biggest US coach bus service is Greyhound with PeterPan being another major one along with Coach USA in the northeast only. Last second having to get anywhere relatively near, within a state or so, Greyhound is the best with PeterPan filling in the gaps. Coach USA has a small area of transit, but if you are in the northeast it can be a last resort.

Check both Greyhound and PeterPan when trying to get a ticket. The middle of the week will be cheaper, afternoons will be cheaper, and odd hours like 3 a.m. will be the next cheapest. Buying the day before actually leaving and more will cause it to be cheaper as well. PeterPan will have times that Greyhound does not, they are both usually the same price within a couple dollars though.

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Homeless and Abroad is a website of sometimes legally grey, cheating the system, hard-learned advice on travelling the world cheaply and finding the culture and people in it. Andrew Fraieli, who is the author of the website, has been writing journalism for the past four years from news and features to science and travel, having been to 18 countries so far, hitchhiking over 3000 miles and Couchsurfed over 30 times.

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