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Greyhound Gases Up The Bus Between LA and Vegas

November 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

The worst part about getting between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is the drive. Much of the I-15 that connects the two cities traverses a whole lot of nothing. Not the town of Nothing. That's in another state entirely and at least provides 90 seconds of topical conversation as it passes. The LA to Vegas/Vegas to LA drive can be so unpredictable that we once put it head to head with a longer, even more dreadful of a bore.

Not only do drivers hope to avoid "rush hour" traffic around the weekends, an accident or a wildfire has shut the highway down in one direction or the other more often than we'd care to count.

For anyone doing the CA-NV route that hates driving, worrying about traffic or just paying for their own gas, another option is now available. Express bus service on that route returns after a five-year hiatus courtesy of Greyhound. Yes, it's a bus. And, yes, it's still recommended to plan on a five-hour trip. But, reserved seating, free WiFi and convenient outlets sound pretty appealing when traffic comes to a crawl somewhere between Baker and Primm.

Lack of ridership was the reason given for the last express route's disappearance. We can see that as we'd be more tempted to use the route if we lived in California since, while we could do without wheels once in Vegas, who the hell wants to land in LA without a car? And, we're one of the few still rooting for one of them fancy fast trains in either direction someday. But, until the past future is here, keying away on WiFi while someone else does the driving doesn't sound so bad.

The express bus runs five times daily, heading toward Los Angeles at 5 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The bus packs up for Vegas at 12:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $67.50 each way, but Greyhound also advertises $1 fares if the stars are aligned correctly. For a buck, maybe we can do without a car in Southern Cal after all.

[Photo: Greyhound.com]

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