747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1866 times:
I know there are some people in this web site who is like me, who love almost every form of transportation. I also know there are a few bus fan on this web site. So wanted to ask fellow bus fans, what are your favorite tour bus companies?
Here are mines.
Venture Tours-Virgina Beach
Fleet Van Hool TD925, C2045, MCI F3500 and Prevost H3-41/45
Fun Tours-Virgina Beach
Fleet MCI J4500, D4505 and D4500
Mark-IV-Los Angeles ( No longer in service)
Fleet MCI MC-8, MC-9, A series, D series, Van Hool T-945 and Crown Supercoaches 35, 38 and 40 footer.
Sunrise Plaza-Los Angeles ( No longer in service)
Fleet Neoplan AN 116/3 Cityliners 8v92/Series 60 powered, MCI D4500 and Van Hool T-800 or 900 series.
Certified Transportation-Orange Country
Fleet Prevost H series MCI J4500s and Crown Supercoaches (Love Crown Supercoach # 11)
Academy Tours-New Jersey. OK maybe not a big favorite, but I really like it's name.
Fleet to big to detail, but they may have operated almost everything MCI built.
NorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1713 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1793 times:
Great Pic Zulu, an eagle 10 and eagle O-5 in the same pic! You might notice that the O-5 (the one in the middle) has a white steering wheel. from what I understand, the white steering wheel buses had no power steering while the black steering wheel buses did have power or power assist steering.
My "Bus tours" have always been taken via either Greyhound or RTD my local transit company, both of which have great OTR busses. My personal favorites are the MC-8/MC-9/MC-102DL3 as well as the old Challenger MC-7 and the 60s era GMC OTR busses that sound like a UFO landing when they come in. I have some great memories of my time on both Greyhound and also the time i spent as a kid riding chartered RTD busses from boulder to Winter Park for skiing.
I could have elite status if I wanted it, but flying the same airline all the time is boring.
comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4673 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1770 times:
I've taken two bus lines, not sure if you would call them tour bus companies.
Living in NYC, the best way to make the usual summer pilgrimage to the Hamptons is by the legendary Jitney. The Deluxe 'Ambassador' Jitney has 2-1 seating which is tops. They provide refreshments en route. Sure beats the hassle of getting stuck on the LI Expressway:
Also a fun experience was taking the Vamoose bus from NYC to DC:
jetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1427 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1763 times:
I don't know what the name of the bus tours I've been, but we always book it using www.gotobus.com. It's usually cheap and Buy 2 Take 1, so it's a great deal. The problem is that it's a multi-lingual tour and the tour guides are Chinese, some are really fluent in English but some have thick accents. Most of the time they speak Mandarin, so by the time the tour ends, chances are you'll be fluent in Mandarin LOL.
We did 3 Days, 2 Nights - Tennessee (Rock City, Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge, Smokey Mts) Virginia (Shenandoah Caverns, etc) and some other states for around $200 (Buy 2 take 1)
3 Days, 2 Nights - Niagara, Thousand Islands, Corning, Washington DC, Etc, also around $200 and Buy 2 Take 1
2 Days, 1 Night - New England (Boston, Harvard, Yale, etc)
3 Days, 2 Nights - LA --> Las Vegas --> Grand Canyon, etc for only $88 and also Buy 2 Take 1 Plus 2 nights in Vegas
plus this summer we're doing 7 Days, 6 Nights (Denver, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Salt Lake City, ETC)
for around $450, buy 2 take 1.
The hotels are the usual (Holiday Inn, Marriott)
It's a fun experience, but it's not for everybody, you have to wake up super early, some people are so slow and you have to wait for them and it causes delays, if you're not the social type then you will hate this kind of tours, your schedule is not flexible and etc.