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BoltBus Prevost X3-45 in New York City
Slogan Bolt for a Buck
Parent Northeast: Greyhound Lines & Peter Pan Bus Lines
West Coast: Greyhound Lines
Founded 2008
Headquarters Patriot Tower
350 N St. Paul St
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Service area Northeastern United States
Pacific Northwest
Service type Intercity coach service
Destinations Northeast:
Baltimore; Boston; Cherry Hill; Greenbelt; Newark; New York City; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.
Albany; Bellingham, Washington; Eugene; Portland; Seattle; Vancouver
Barstow, Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Oakland; San Francisco; San Jose
Fleet 103 units:
71 Prevost X3-45
32 MCI D4505
Fuel type Diesel
Operator Greyhound Lines
Website Official Web site
A BoltBus in service

BoltBus is an intercity bus service which operates in the northeastern and western United States and British Columbia, Canada. In the Northeast, BoltBus is owned by Greyhound Lines but operated in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines.[1] The companies providing service from New York City and Newark to other cities in the Northeastern United States along the Interstate 95 corridor.[2] Routes on the West Coast are owned and operated by Greyhound without a partner.[3] Service is offered in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. While BoltBus utilizes the existing operating authority of Greyhound Lines, it is run as a distinct business.

The service is designed to compete with Chinatown bus carriers and other discount carriers such as Megabus.[4]



The BoltBus network in the northeast radiates from New York City from street stops near New York Penn Station, although there are different departure points for different lines. Service is currently available between New York City and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, Baltimore's Penn Station, the Greenbelt Metro station in Greenbelt, Philadelphia at 30th Street Station and suburban Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill Mall), and Boston's South Station Bus Terminal.[5]

On March 24, 2011, BoltBus expanded its service into Newark. It began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.

On June 23, 2011, BoltBus began providing service from Newark Penn Station to Philadelphia, stopping at John F. Kennedy Blvd and N. 30th St. across the street from the west entrance of the 30th Street Station, and to Boston's South Station. Schedules on this route originate and terminate in Boston and Philadelphia with an intermediary stop in Newark.[6]

Pacific Northwest[edit]

On May 17, 2012, BoltBus expanded to the Pacific Northwest, offering service between Seattle and Portland.[7] Service expanded to Vancouver, British Columbia and Bellingham on May 31, 2012[8] and again on October 3, 2013 with limited service (Thursday through Monday only) to Albany and Eugene.[9]


BoltBus expanded its service into California on October 31, 2013 offering service between Union Station in Los Angeles, Diridon Station in San Jose and the West Oakland BART Station in Oakland.[10] A stop at San Francisco's Transbay Terminal was added to the route on December 12, 2013.[11] A second route between Los Angeles's Union Station and San Diego was added on November 14, 2013, but was discontinued in January 2014 due to low ridership.[12] BoltBus service was expanded outside of California on December 12, 2013 with a route between Los Angeles Union Station and the Greyhound terminal in Las Vegas with a stop in Barstow.[11]


Unlike parent Greyhound, all tickets sold on BoltBus are for reserved seating and buses are not oversold.[13] On each trip, at least one seat is offered at $1, with most seats sold in the $20–$40 range, via the yield management model.[14] The $1 fare is the basis for its slogan “Bolt for a Buck”.[15] Since buses don't operate out of stations passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets either online or on the phone before heading to the bus stop, but drivers will also accept cash from "walk-up" passengers, if space is available (walk-up tickets typically cost 30% more than online fares).[13] Passengers are assigned to a boarding group which means the passengers who purchased their tickets earlier, get to board the bus and choose their seats earlier. Members of Bolt Rewards are always allowed to board with the first group.[13]


BoltBus interior with leather seats.

BoltBus routes use newer model Prevost X3-45 and MCI D4505 coaches. All motorcoaches are equipped with wireless internet access and leather seats that have armrests, footrests, seat belts, cup holders and most seats have a pair of 120V power outlets.[13] The motorcoaches used on BoltBus have 5 fewer seats than the industry standard, giving passengers additional legroom and eliminating the middle seat from the last row.

Manufacturer Model Year Fleet numbers Notes[16]
Prevost X3-45 2008 0800-0832
2009 0833-0870
Motor Coach Industries D4505 2010 86344 Transferred from Greyhound.
2012 0871-0885
2013 0886-0901


  1. ^ "BoltBus - FAQ". Retrieved 10 April 2014. "BoltBus is owned by Greyhound Lines, Inc. and is operated in the Northeast region in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc. of Springfield, MA." 
  2. ^ Kinney, Jim (March 11, 2008). "Peter Pan, Greyhound offer new bus service". The Republican. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ "BoltBus - FAQ". Retrieved 10 April 2014. "The service on the West Coast of the United States and Canada is exclusively owned and operated by Greyhound Lines, Inc." 
  4. ^ Killian, Erin (March 4, 2008). "Boltbus starts from D.C. to New York City service". Washington Business Journal. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  5. ^ "BoltBus Buy Tickets". BoltBus. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Where We Travel". Boltbus. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "BoltBus to offer $1 fares between Seattle, Portland". 
  8. ^ "BoltBus adds a Vancouver, B.C. line from Seattle". 
  9. ^ "BoltBus To Expand Oregon Service To Eugene And Albany On Oct. 3". PRNewswire. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "BoltBus To Launch Service In California On Oct. 31". PRNewswire. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "BoltBus Expands From Los Angeles; Adds Las Vegas, San Francisco Service". PRNewswire. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "BoltBus Continues California Expansion, Adds San Diego Service". PRNewswire. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d "BoltBus - Frequently Asked Questions". BoltBus. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Canadian Press: Greyhound's BoltBus offers cheap curbside service in the United States". May 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  15. ^ Anita Hamilton (June 6, 2008). "Beating $4 Gas with a $1 Bus". Time, Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  16. ^ "CPTDB Wiki - BoltBus". 

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