Leave the driving to them

With threats of strikes and what seems to be constant confusion in Canada’s scheduled airline industry, it could be time to reconsider the venerable bus as a travel mode for summer vacations. Greyhound has seen this marketing opportunity and is now offering lower fares and enhanced schedules to woo the wayward traveller.

The “Friendly Go-Anywhere Summer Fare” is a particularly good bargain, at $159 for one-way travel anywhere in Canada from now until September 3. The ticket requires a seven-day advance purchase.

When you consider that those with plenty of time (and patience) can travel anywhere their hearts desire for $159, it’s obvious that the bus company is aiming directly at its airline competitors.

Friendly atmosphere
Bus travel is definitely not for everyone, but it does have its charms. The atmosphere on a Greyhound can get downright friendly over longer distances. If you’re willing, you will meet people. That doesn’t always happen on a plane. The bus is also a less-stressful alternative to motoring if you don’t need your car while you’re on vacation.

Passengers travelling on Greyhound will find the new schedules offer many more options, and mucgreater frequency of service, especially on travel to and from southern Ontario. A company spokesman says that Greyhound has improved service by eliminating bus changes and adding more frequent schedules, to accommodate passengers during the busy summer season.

Million plus travellers

“We anticipate a very successful summer this year,” says Greyhound’s Kevin Lawless. “Last summer, we serviced 1.4 million passengers throughout our system in June, July and August and we are expecting an even busier summer this year.”

Schedule improvements include increased frequency and express services between Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, New York City and Chicago. See the website for full details.