How We Operate
No reservations are necessary when traveling Greyhound.
If you know the departure schedule, simply arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes
before departure to purchase your ticket and tag your luggage. During our busy seasons
(Christmas and the summertime) you may need an hour to check in.
There is no assigned seating. It is on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, for a non-refundable fee of $5 (including GST), you can purchase priority seating and seat selection at the ticket counter
of 27 major locations (see
Priority Boarding section). Seat selection can be purchased no more than 30 days prior
to and no less than 45 minutes prior to departure. Seat selection is valid only up to the first transfer point.
When Greyhound fills a regularly scheduled bus with passengers during times of peak
demand, Greyhound plans for additional buses to accommodate passengers beyond the
seating capacity of a single bus for any given schedule. However, our ability to
add extra sections depends on the availability of buses, drivers and the number
When picking up passengers en route (such as at a rest stop), continuing passengers
who de-boarded at the rest stop are given priority to re-board.
Greyhound buses travel around the clock, so you can travel by day and enjoy the
scenery through wide panoramic windows. Or, select a night service, and relax in
a reclining seat with reduced interior lighting.
Most buses make intermediate stops to pick up additional passengers en route to
their destinations. In addition to stops en route, buses make rest stops every few
hours, and meal stops are scheduled as close to normal meal times as possible. If
you prefer not to travel on a bus that includes multiple stops en route, be sure
to ask your ticket agent about our express schedules, which are available on select
All schedule times are based on local time zones.
For information on parking at Greyhound locations, please contact the
location nearest you.
Enjoy Your Trip
All Greyhound buses are equipped with air conditioning, an on-board restroom, and
reclining seats with headrests, footrests and tinted windows. Feel free to bring
reading material, radio headsets and a small pillow for your comfort. Food and non-alcoholic
beverages may be carried on board for personal consumption. On many routes, we show
movies. Our movies have been edited and pre-screened making them suitable
for all viewing audiences.
Radios, laptops and other electronic items may be carried on board, provided that
they do not disturb fellow passengers and that headphones are used. (External power
outlets are NOT available on Greyhound buses.)
On Board Restrictions
For everyone's safety and comfort, Greyhound asks that customers please follow certain
restrictions while on board. Federal law does not permit smoking on Greyhound buses.
We have a zero tolerance for alcohol, drugs, weapons and unruly behavior.
Photography, video or audio recording of Greyhound personnel, equipment or procedures
is strictly prohibited. For your safety and the safety of those around you, passengers
should remain seated while the bus is in motion. Audio, video and camera equipment
should be stored with other carry-ons when not in use.
No dogs, cats, birds, or other animals will be transported.
However, a service animal, trained for the purpose of accompanying a disabled person,
will be permitted to travel with the disabled person at no additional charge.
Traveling to the United States – Travel Alert: Upcoming Policy Changes
To avoid complications with U.S. Customs, Canadian passengers are advised of the
- Prior to June 1, 2009: Passengers traveling to the United States require
two pieces of identification; one having photo. In addition, non-US residents require
proof of means of departure from the US. These are the required criteria for travel.
Failure to present the aforementioned may result in refusal of transport.
- Effective June 1, 2009: ALL passengers over the age of 15 traveling between
the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda
by land or sea (including ferries), will be required to present one of the following:
- Valid Passport
- Enhanced Driver's License
- Other documents accepted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Teens 16-18 years old who are traveling as part of an adult-sponsored school, religious,
cultural or athletic group, will be allowed entry with just a copy of their birth
ATTENTION: Passengers without proper Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
compliant travel documents will not be permitted to board the bus for entry
into the U.S.A. Transportation will not be provided back to the terminal of trip
For more information please visit the
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative site.
- Possession of or access to sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to complete your
trip is mandatory. Plan for at least $100 USD per day of travel in the United States.
- Proof of return transportation is required.
- Single parents with children may be required to show proof of custody. (i.e. a copy
of the court order or a note from the other parent and a copy of the large birth
certificate with both parents names on it).
- Proof of employment maybe required. If unemployed a photocopy of a recent bank statement
- Persons convicted of any crime are urged to contact the nearest U.S. Consulate Office
before embarking to assess their eligibility to enter the country.
- Non-residents of Canada or the United States may be required to pay a U.S. Immigration
Fee of $6 USD (no Interac or Cheques) at port of entry.
The permanent resident card (PR card) is mandatory for permanent
residents wishing to re-enter Canada aboard any commercial carrier (airplane, boat,
train or bus). A permanent resident is someone who has been allowed to
enter Canada as an immigrant but who has not become a Canadian citizen.
The PR card replaces the paper IMM 1000 Record of Landing document and is the official
proof-of-status document for permanent residents. The fraud-resistant card provides
cardholders with secure, convenient proof of their permanent resident status when
re-entering Canada. Because it is highly resistant to tampering and illegal duplication,
and offers transportation officials a more effective means of identifying people
with permanent resident status in Canada, the PR card will help combat illegal entry
Existing permanent residents must be in Canada to apply for the PR card. Application
and information kits are available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Web site
Canadian permanent residents presently located outside Canada, who do not have a
PR card and who will be returning to Canada on or after December 31, 2003, should
visit a Canadian visa office to obtain a limited-use travel document at a cost of