Planes are fast and popular. Trains are often cheaper and romanticized. Buses, however, get a bad rap. In the States, that's probably deserved. With the exception of some modern, swanky buses servicing the Northeast Corridor and the Midwest, the bus options throughout the United States are pretty shoddy. Yet, bus travel doesn't have to be all about steerage class, sweat boxy hellholes. Sadly, you just have to leave the United States to find the Shangri-La of bus service. One place to do so is in Turkey.
Yes, Turkey has amazing long-haul bus service. How is it better than the typical Greyhound service that you find in the States? Let's break it down.
For the sake of this comparison, we'll be looking at Greyhound and the Turkish bus line Kamil Koç (pronounced Camel Coach), which I rode from Bursa to Selçuk.
Sure, this is far from scientific. And Greyhound is introducing some new, modern buses
to their fleet. But only in certain pockets of North America. The vast majority of Americans have limited bus options, most of which make overpaying for regional flights and dealing with the hassles of airports actually seem like good ideas.
Turkey has wi-fi enabled, tea-serving buses with personal televisions zipping all over the country! Why can't we have buses that would encourage people to view ground transportation as a viable (and comfortable) option for travel?
Have you ridden a particularly luxurious bus outside of the United States? Have a funny story about Greyhound? Share your bus experiences in the comments.
Mike Barish's trip to Turkey was sponsored by Intrepid Travel. While everyone should agree that İskender kebab is amazing, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are strictly his own. You can read more about his trip to Turkey here.
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