As long as you're not stuck next to a sweaty 300 lbs person in 100° heat on a bus with a broken air conditioning, they're OK. I travelled that way a bunch when I was young. If you're traveling alone, be careful getting off for a break at the stops...in some towns they're in pretty sleazy neighborhoods. Posted via Mobile Device
It is not often that I get frightened but I caught a Greyhound bus from Kansas City. I had to be there at least 30 minutes before the bus was leaving and, as I was given a lift there, I had an hour+ to wait.
Never before had I encountered so many very weird people, one was particularly nasty and a woman at that!
I have never personally ridden one, but my brother and a cousin decided to travel the country via Greyhound after they graduated HS. Not too far in, they decided a plane ride home would be best...if that tells you anything. He said there were some very, very interesting characters aboard those buses.
I have never ridden on a greyhound..But last year and a few other times I have ridden amtrak.. As far as price goes.. you CAN'T beat it. $327 got me from Lincoln, NE to Emeryville, CA and back. Certainly would not have been able to drive for that price:)
Things to consider (and I would imagine this would be WORSE on a bus): amtrak has 24 hour car attendants that keep stuff clean.. the bathrooms are still icky.. And being stuck in one of those seats for more that a 24 hour period SUCKS..and you have to hope you don't get stuck next to some nasty that has his eye on your stuff, or wants to talk your ear off.. or wants to sleep on you.. Maybe on a bus its different, but usually on amtrak you get assigned seating.
One more thing to consider- you have to know your chit to become a train conductor.. A bus driver?? Not so much... They can and do hire Anybody- hell they even hired my best friends father, and he is NUTTIER THAN A PET COON.. how he didn't cause an accident at his several month long stint as a GH driver, I will never know..
I say IF you can afford to and have a good car.. DRIVE.