Timothy is a frequent Greyhound bus rider who has made many cross-country bus trips in the last 10 years. He currently resides in Montana.
If you are a female planning a Greyhound bus trip and you are going to be traveling alone then you may have some concerns about your safety. Especially if you have heard some of the horror stories that people like to tell about the Greyhound bus.
As a frequent rider of the Greyhound bus I wanted to weigh and give my opinion on just how safe it is for women traveling alone.
And the first thing I want to say it that: The Greyhound bus is not as dangerous to ride as you might have been led to believe.
Are there dangers that you need to be aware of throughout your Greyhound trip? Yes, as with any form of travel there are things that can happen. But are you likely to gt robbed, raped, assaulted, or worse during your trip? Probably not. And the more common sense safety precautions you take the less likely you will have any problems.
I have been taking cross country trips on the Greyhound bus since 2011 and I've seen a lot of what can go wrong on the Greyhound bus. I've also seen hundreds of women on the bus who were traveling alone and as of the writing of this article I have yet to see any of them come to any real harm.
Now I will admit that I have seen some of the women flirted with, talked about, and verbally harassed. Unfortunately, this is a part of life for women in this day and age. Some men feel that it is OK to treat women in this fashion and some sadly quite a few of these men ride the Greyhound bus.
However, I do want to point out that I never actually saw any of these women physically harmed. And in some cases fellow passengers took up for the women and made the trash talkers be quiet. There are still a lot of good people in the world today and they ride the Greyhound bus as well.
So while there is the potential for verbal harassment on the Greyhound bus, just as there is everywhere else, if it gets to a point where it's too bad usually someone will step in and say something.
If not, then there are Greyhound bus drivers and other employees around at all times, and while they may not have the best reputation for customer service, I assure you from personal experience, that they don't play when it comes to passengers being harassed. I've seen people thrown off the bus for saying the wrong things to another passenger.
So if you are a women who plans on traveling alone on Greyhound, just keep in mind that throughout the trip you will be surrounded by people who will help you if you have any problems.
Earlier I mentioned some common sense safety precautions that women (and all passengers for that matter) could take to use to ensure that their trip goes off without incident. I'm going to list a few of them and explain why I think they are important.
Dress down on your trip - By 'dress down' I mean not wearing your best clothes or putting on a lot of makeup. Basically you don;t want to be looking your best on your bus trip. The better you are looking the more attention you will attract, and attracting attention is bad on a Greyhound bus trip.
Don't get too close to your fellow passengers - It's common to strike up conversations with fellow passengers on Greyhound, especially if you are in a long trip. Talking to others helps to pass the time, and you can learn a lot about the people with who you are traveling.
But just be careful not too get too friendly and start sharing too much about yourself and where you are going. Just because someone seems friendly and easy to talk to doesn't mean that they don't have bad intentions. The more information you share about yourself and your trip the more opportunity you are giving them to find a way to do you harm. So just be careful you talk to and limit the information you share.
Don't wander around outside the bus stations after dark - After a long stint on a the bus it can be tempting to take a walk outside the station during layovers. The problem with doing that is the location of most Greyhound stations. The average Greyhound station is not located in the best part of town. In fact many of them are located in high crime areas. Wandering around outside the station alone is asking for something bad to happen to you. If you have to go outside for some reason take a partner with you and stay as close to the station as possible.
Make sure you have a ride waiting when your trip is over - When you reach your destination and your Greyhound trip is over it's best to have a ride already waiting. Or at least have a good idea of what form of transportation you are going to use to leave the station. For example, you can already have the information for Uber or Lyft loaded in your phone so all you have to do is call for a ride as soon as your bus pulls in.
Having a ride waiting or on the way keeps you from having to hang around the Greyhound bus station any longer than necessary. This is not to say that something bad will happen to you just because you spend some time waiting a the station, but why take the risk. The less time you spend there the less likely the chances that you will have an encounter with one of the people who frequent Greyhound stations looking to prey on travelers in unfamiliar surroundings.
If you are planning on going to a hotel or somewhere else close by and it looks like it's in walking distance I would still recommend getting a ride. If you don't know the area then you don't know what's around the next corner or what could be waiting for you on the next block. Don't risk it. Pay the few dollars for a cab or and Uber and get there safe.
So if you are a women planning on taking a solo trip on the Greyhound bus don't be afraid. You will make it to your destination with no problems. And in the unlikely event that something does happen there will be lots of people on hand to help you out. Don't let fear and other people's false stories keep you from traveling via one of the cheapest travel methods in the U.S. and North America.