I’ve compiled a list of the top tips and tricks you should know before riding the BoltBus bus. This list comes from my experience with this bus company. My goal is to give you advice that will make your BoltBus experience more memorable.
The Wifi on BoltBus is actually pretty good and there are power outlets to charge your electronics.
BoltBus offers discounts to those who book early. BoltBus sells out and does not overbook.
Book your seat
Avoid surprises and book your seat. It’s not expensive and you will know exactly where you’re sitting. Some people fear being beside the bathroom so booking your seat avoids being upset. If you’re on the bus for 4 hours and you’re beside a bathroom, you will have a harder time sleeping because of slamming bathroom door, people waiting beside you and bumping into you.
If you want a better view, book the seats in front of the bus.
Bring water and snacks
We suggest you bring healthy snacks and water for the ride. When the bus stops in a rest area, the only choices are often fast food restaurants such as Burger King or McDonald’s.
Listen to bus driver’s instructions carefully
When there is a stop at a bus station, the bus driver will often demand everyone get off the bus. It’s usually to pick up others, take a break or gas up. Regardless, ask questions to the bus driver on your way out of the bus. Ask about where they need to go and how long before the bus leaves again. Also ask if someone will let them know when you can embark the bus and at what times does it leave again.
If you understood correctly, just confirm with the bus driver. You can also ask employees at the station questions about your departure.
Watch your stuff
When you give your luggage to the bus driver, watch your belongings go inside the bus. Be sure you keep your carry-on bags with you at all times.
When I travel, I bring my man purse and keep it around my neck at all times. The last thing you want to lose or get stolen is your phone, money, credit cards and your passport.
When traveling by bus, try not to stand out by flashing expensive items such as laptops, expensive jewelry, credit cards and money.
Bring hand sanitizer and toilet paper
The bus should be clean and the bathrooms well stocked. Just in case, I suggest you bring a small roll of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It can come in handy if the bus runs out of stock.
Headphones will allow you to listen to what you want without disturbing anyone around you.
Download movies or a series on your tablet or phone
I can’t think of a better way to make the time fly than a movie or two, or a Netflix series.
Bring a t-shirt, sweatshirt and a blanket.
Buses, just like cars, planes trains are mechanical. This means that things can break. Heat and air conditioning can malfunction so bringing extra layers is a good idea.