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Bolt Bus Launches New Route Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

December 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

So Cal residents who are tired of fighting traffic, speeding tickets, or remaining sober in or on the way to Sin City will be excited to hear that BoltBus has launched a new route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

The discount bus service is advertising $1 fares to celebrate, but in searching the schedule for the next few weeks, the cheapest we could find was $5 one-way. Eight bucks was the most common. The $1 fares are apparently no more, but eight bucks ain't bad! According to General Manager Dave Hall, the trip will take five hours and one-way fares will be approximately $20 or $30 in the spring.

Despite the low cost, the buses actually sound quite comfortable, featuring leather seats, free WiFi, and a power source. There will be one daily round-trip on weekdays and three round-trips on Saturdays and Sundays. The route will go between Union Station in LA and the Greyhound terminal on Main Street in Vegas. This will be the second bus company to offer a route between LA and Vegas -- if you remember, Megabus launched its route about this time last year.

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Archived Comments:

Trains couldn't compete...

I've often thought passenger train service between LA and Vegas would be successful for the same reasons given in the article above: no driving, and you can start your party early (or continue it on the way home!).  Plus most people don't need a car in Vegas anyway.  But with these low-cost bus services already in place, I don't think train service could compete.  However, the CEO of the company planning to start running a passenger train on this line still says the project is a "go"!  <a href="http://www.vegasinc.com/business/2013/nov/13/x-train-chief-new-financing-plan-wont-derail-proje/">http://www.vegasinc.com/business/2013/nov/13/x-train-chief-new-financing-plan-wont-derail-proje/</a>


MegaBus  is already running four round tips a day from LA to Vegas every day. Some one way fares are as low as $5.00 but most are in the $12.00 range. It's not such a new idea as most people would think.

Train Is A Different Experience

The X Train isn't trying to compete on price (if it ever gets going).

Train travel is an experience. You can get up and roam the train, go sit in the lounge car and drink, order food, etc.

There is a comfortable luxury involved.