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Old 12-09-2013, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone ever taken the Amtrak or Greyhound?

So I'm moving back to MN (from WV/Pittsburgh area), and I've found out that for me its much cheaper to take the Amtrak or Greyhound than flying, (flying into the airport where i'm from is expensive).

I've never taken the Amtrak or Greyhound.

Has anybody taken either of them long distance? If so, I have a couple questions.
Please compare between Amtrak and Greyhound, so i can make the decision by tomorrow as to which one.
How is the comfort in them? I'll be on there for about 20 hours.
How many bags are allowed on carry on? (I have about 3-4 duffle bags of stuff). Is there an extra cost on extra baggage?
Random, but are there power outlets on them? For laptop, phone charger etc..

I've looked and can't find good answers online.
ANY info on either of these would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can offer a little insight. I've taken both the Greyhound and the Amtrak to and from school, (central Illinois to Chicago), and I much prefer Amtrak. These were about 2+ hour rides, and not quite in the same area, but I'll give you my experiences.

I definitely had more room in the Amtrak train - more room and the train cars are much more comfortable in my opinion than a cramped bus.

As far as baggage goes, I only took on a very stuffed backpack + a smaller bag, so the baggage wasn't really an issue for me. From what I understand, Greyhound lets you take on personal items, and checks one bag for free. I found this webpage of baggage information that might be useful. Amtrak policies I'm not so sure about, but I know I got the two carry-on items for free. Also the more leg room gave me more space to work with for the crap that I had to shove under the seat.

There WERE power outlets on the Greyhound buses as well as "wifi," but my devices never connected, so that was a bust, and the seat that I was in didn't have an outlet. So maybe that was just my bad luck. I feel like I talked to my friend in Cali who took a Greyhound from school and said the wifi was terrible on it as well. So don't count on it.

My Amtark train also had those little seat table things, like on airplanes, so using my laptop was super easy. I can't remember if there were outlets.

The main reason I prefer Amtrak is because of OVERBOOKING. Maybe it is just a problem because I go to a huge university, but both times I used Greyhound they overbooked and it once resulted in me waiting TWO HOURS for the next bus to arrive. I know that for the second time, there were some people who didn't make it onto the first bus, but the second one came in reasonable time. The Amtrak train, on the other hand, was reasonably full, but I definitely saw some scattered empty seats, so I don't think it's as big of an issue on an average day.

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope at least some of that was helpful, and good luck moving!
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I can offer a little insight. I've taken both the Greyhound and the Amtrak to and from school, (central Illinois to Chicago), and I much prefer Amtrak. These were about 2+ hour rides, and not quite in the same area, but I'll give you my experiences.

I definitely had more room in the Amtrak train - more room and the train cars are much more comfortable in my opinion than a cramped bus.

As far as baggage goes, I only took on a very stuffed backpack + a smaller bag, so the baggage wasn't really an issue for me. From what I understand, Greyhound lets you take on personal items, and checks one bag for free. I found this webpage of baggage information that might be useful. Amtrak policies I'm not so sure about, but I know I got the two carry-on items for free. Also the more leg room gave me more space to work with for the crap that I had to shove under the seat.

There WERE power outlets on the Greyhound buses as well as "wifi," but my devices never connected, so that was a bust, and the seat that I was in didn't have an outlet. So maybe that was just my bad luck. I feel like I talked to my friend in Cali who took a Greyhound from school and said the wifi was terrible on it as well. So don't count on it.

My Amtark train also had those little seat table things, like on airplanes, so using my laptop was super easy. I can't remember if there were outlets.

The main reason I prefer Amtrak is because of OVERBOOKING. Maybe it is just a problem because I go to a huge university, but both times I used Greyhound they overbooked and it once resulted in me waiting TWO HOURS for the next bus to arrive. I know that for the second time, there were some people who didn't make it onto the first bus, but the second one came in reasonable time. The Amtrak train, on the other hand, was reasonably full, but I definitely saw some scattered empty seats, so I don't think it's as big of an issue on an average day.

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope at least some of that was helpful, and good luck moving!
Thanks a lot! That helped a ton. Yeah for Greyhound from Pittsburgh to Fargo its only $149, and for Amtrak its $200. Both pretty good prices. I'll let you know if I have anymore questions. Thanks!
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Fuuuuuuuckin' bus..........don't do it. Bus will stop at every little town to pick up and drop off. You'll be on that bus way longer then you think.
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I've ridden Amtrak before, as everyone has said it's way more comfortable. Bigger seats, more leg room, nicer ride, and of course there's a bar car!
It's a great way to go if you're not on a tight schedule, because you WILL be delayed. Probably a lot. Outside of the northeast, Amtrak runs on shared tracks owned by freight trains so if there's one coming, you stop and wait they don't. If you're out in some corn field, there could be 100 miles of single track. I was stopped for over 2 hours just going from Cleveland to Chicago. On your trip I would guess at least 4 hours behind schedule, so don't arrange for someone to pick you up until you get close!
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Greyhound is some mutherfucking bullllllfucking shit don't ever take it unless you are looking for an adventure in suckass.

I have no hate for any company like I do for shithound. They will fuck you. Their busses BARELY fucking run. 2 hour trip cost me 14 hours, lost plane flight, lost luggage, company didn't do shit for me. I would physically fight someone in charge given the chance. If you said "this is Mrs. Douche, she is the CEO, want a go?" I'd punch her ass right in the fucking mouth, hard.

Take Greyhound after this warning you deserve whatever happens.
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Haha thanks for the replys! I've chosen Amtrak, its an extra few bucks, but from what I've just read on here.. it's well worth it.. and its 11 hours less time total.. Greyhound said 33 hours total, Amtrak says 22
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Greyhound is some mutherfucking bullllllfucking shit don't ever take it unless you are looking for an adventure in suckass.

I have no hate for any company like I do for shithound. They will fuck you. Their busses BARELY fucking run. 2 hour trip cost me 14 hours, lost plane flight, lost luggage, company didn't do shit for me. I would physically fight someone in charge given the chance. If you said this is Mrs. Douche, she is the CEO, want a go? I'd punch her ass right in the fucking mouth.

Take Greyhound after this warning you deserve whatever happens.
Best review I've ever read lol. This made me take Amtrak. Thanks brotha!
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