As a traveller, there is nothing better than getting on a dirty wreck of an old bus and having a chicken sit on your lap while the locals squash up against you as you pass through no mans land hoping and praying for an ice cold beer and a bit of decent sightseeing at the end of the trip. Oh buses of the world, it’s time to pay homage to you and double as a fantastic money saving tip!! For today’s Monday’s Money Saving Tips I am slumming my way round the world on cheap buses! Something I’ve got well used and accustomed to…
How to save money on buses:
1. FREE buses There are FREE buses in a load of places and these are often overlooked by travellers, for example the city of Parramatta in Australia offers a FREE city loop, ALL the time and in Hong Kong there is a FREE shuttle bus in Tsuen Wan. In Macau almost every hotel or casino offers a FREE bus. Research if there are any FREE buses in the place you are going. You might be surprised.
2. NIGHT buses – I covered it before in some detail here: Monday’s Money Saving Tips: Night Buses and basically you can save money on accommodation on a night’s sleep!
3. NON-AIR CONDITIONED buses – Come on it’s only an 8 or 9 hour trip! Do you really want to waste an extra $2-3 on air conditioning? Do as the locals do and get sweaty! Gotta love the experience of it all!
4. LOCAL CITY BUSES – Make sure you avoid taxis on your travels and use the local buses, yes I know I recommended walking but some cities (like Jakarta for example) are just way too big to waste your day walking from one side to the other! Use cheap and cheerful local buses!
5. LONG DISTANCE BUSES INSTEAD OF TRAINS/FLIGHTS – This is often a really good way to save money if you have the time. I have used long distance buses a lot in South America, Africa and China. I love the views out the window, the way you can sit back and relax and the slow method of travel. If I could choose to avoid aeroplanes I would, I find trains and buses much more enjoyable!
So basically if you want to get a cheap and raw experience on your travels, bus is realistically the best method of transport for doing it. That’s it for Monday’s Money Saving Tips as I sort out my buses in China this week for more travel ahead! Safe journeys my friends!
One of my videos from a recent local bus floor in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei: