Over the past six months, discussions surrounding COVID travel options have primarily focused on the safety of flying, and the return of the road trip. But where does that leave people who primarily travel via train or bus? We’re not talking about safety issues on mass transit (though that is important to consider), but longer-distance trips on Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus and a variety of regional bus companies.
This brings up a bunch of questions: Is it safe? How does it work with various state travel restriction policies? Are the buses and trains back to running on a regular schedule? To help us navigate these new travel challenges, the team at Wanderu, a ground travel booking platform, has put together an interactive map and other resources with up-to-date information on train and bus travel during COVID-19. Here’s what to know.
The map and other resources
Like other travel sites and companies, Wanderu has created an interactive map allowing users to click on a state to find out its specific COVID-related travel restrictions (if it has any). There are also maps that do the same for Canadian provinces, and European countries. All of the information from the map is also available in list form directly below.
But what makes this particular resource unique is a bit further down the page, where you’ll find information specific to train and bus travel on change and cancellation policies for companies in North America, face mask policies and cleaning protocols each company has implemented, trip protection, and a list of carriers that are currently in service.
So has train and bus travel gone back to normal? According to Wanderu, not exactly:
While some bus and train operators have remained off the road since mid-March, the majority of carriers have resumed service. Due to a decreased demand for travel, however, most bus and train carriers that are currently running are operating on a limited schedule.
Finally, there is also a page that provides contact information for each of the national and regional bus and train services, in case you need to get in touch with them directly.