On my last visit to Chicago, I was scheduled to ride the Megabus from Indianapolis. For $27 I was offered the comfort of a three-hour ride on Megabus’ infamous double-decker bus. I never had experience riding a Megabus before, and I probably will never do business with them again.
Now, before I move forward, I would like you all to know that I am not high maintenance when it comes to traveling. I am perfectly comfortable using public transportation and navigating my way through airports. I grew comfortable with using public transportation throughout my time in Europe, because everyone did it. I have experience riding overnight trains, random buses, and sardine-packed Ryan Air flights.
I’m no expert, but I’m not here to write about my bad experience with Megabus because it wasn’t “clean” enough. I’m here to voice my opinion about Megabus’ rude bus drivers, sketchy bus riders, and lack of promptness. My bus was scheduled to leave at 4:10 a.m., so it was bad enough that I had to drag my boyfriend out of bed at that hour on a workday to drop me off. We got there around 4 and right away noticed the variety of people waiting at the bus stop: well-dressed folk and homeless-looking (and smelling) people. This didn’t scare me right away. Like anything else, I gave Megabus 3 strikes:
Strike 1: Random guy sitting down in an actual bus stop, so I wasn’t completely sure if he was waiting for the Megabus (turns out that he was). He was sitting there with so many bags that it looked like he was moving, and with a blanket over his lap. I thought nothing of it until I noticed the huge moving lump beneath the blanket. I can leave the rest up to your imagination, but it was not pretty.
Strike 2: Two men whispering about “this fine ass girl traveling by herself.” I look around, and notice that I am the only girl traveling alone. Great… They continue whispering and start talking about my “nice purse,” then I start walking back toward my boyfriend’s car where he was waiting to see me off and I notice that they slowly follow me. They didn’t stop until they realized that I was speaking to someone that I know who was also waiting with me. Even then, they continued to watch me. Gross.
Strike 3 1/2: My phone vibrates letting me know that my bus will be an hour late, just as a bus approaches. Since it was my first time using Megabus, I politely asked the bus driver where this bus was going just to be sure. “Where you going?” he asked, and I tell him Chicago. “This ain’t your bus!” He almost shouted at me. WTF.
I return to my boyfriend’s car and tell him that I am completely sketched out by this whole situation and he refuses to let me ride the bus. Ok, he didn’t refuse, but he politely offered to buy me a plane ticket because I needed to get to Chicago that morning. After some debate on the cost of a plane ticket, I obliged and we headed to the airport. After we purchased my ticket and ate some Chick-Fil-A for breakfast, I realized that this was probably one of the craziest mornings I’ve ever had.
Turns out, Megabus doesn’t have the best track record. It’s is known as the first, low-cost, express bus service to offer city center-to-city center travel for as low as $1 via their website. They pride themselves with affordable and reliable bus services, and claim to offer the highest level of comfort and safety.
This morning, at around 5:30 a.m. EST, a Megabus headed to Atlanta, GA rear-ended a semi truck, according to investigators on the scene. The crash involved a total of four vehicles. This crash marks the fourth Megabus crash in Indiana since October, when several people were injured after a bus crashed near Greenwood. Since then, on Dec. 20, one of the company’s buses tipped over near Seymour while on its way to Louisville. Ten days later, another Megabus was involved in a crash near Hammond.
Do you have any horrible public transportation stories? I’d love to hear about it!