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.