Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Discover the Alpine scenery, great walks and Maori culture of New Zealand. Learn about ancient aboriginal cultures, remote islands, endemic wildlife, vast deserts and stunning beaches of Australia. Delve into the diverse islands, peoples, landscapes and festivals of the paradise known as the South Pacific.

Moderators: sinecure, TravelFun, ballu, jimshu, JaliscoJudy

Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby lubinski » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:10 am

I have also debated Oz experience vs Greyhound and think i'm gonna go for the greyhound. Just wondering if anyone out there has used it, how easy is it to hop on and off? are there regular stops along the way and do they help you with accommodation at all? Bit nervous, as apparently Oz ex is better for socialising, but I'm not sure i wanna be on a 24/7 booze cruise for 2 months...(although i do want to have a few messy nights... i also want to remember most of my experiences!) Am I going to be on my own a lot on the greyhound? anyone travelling in Oz april-june 2011 also using this service?
lubinski
User Rank: Daytripper
User Rank: Daytripper
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:28 pm

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby georginal » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:54 am

I used the Greyhound for the Cairns - Sydney leg of my trip a few years back now. It's much more like a straight forward bus service, and good if you want to cover a lot of ground quickly and cheaply. You can also save on some overnight accommodation as there are many overnight routes available as well. I don't think they give you any help with accommodation though.

Oz experience - it's designed to be big party all the way through, but you can do your own thing just by getting off the bus and staying put for a while. You can also wander off the Oz Experience route for a bit, and then go back and and carry on. You could do this if 2 months is what you've got. Australia's huge, and you'd still be missing things out.

Mixing in hostels - the party is there if you want it - sometimes you just have to find the right hostel, or end up in the party room. The best nights are the unplanned ones!!!

You can of course mix and match, use Greyhound for some of your travels, and also the Oz experience for some of it to. I used OzExperience for the Southern Curl (Southerwestern tip of OZ)for 3 days. It was a quieter trip than some I had experienced, but then got back to Perth and had a massive night out!!

Don't worry about going by yourself, loads do; alot of people say that they find other single people are easier to approach.

Good luck, have fun and happy planning!!!
georginal
User Rank: World Wanderer
User Rank: World Wanderer
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:26 am
Location: London, UK

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby lubinski » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:18 am

so greyhound is better for an A to B type thing? I've got two months to travel down from Cairns to Melbourne. I really have no idea which one to use, because Oz experience is double the price. I just don't wanna be stuck on something I can't get out of if I hate it. But I also want to take my time travelling, so not sure which one to go for. Got a lot of thinking to do!
lubinski
User Rank: Daytripper
User Rank: Daytripper
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:28 pm

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby georginal » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:40 pm

Yes, Greyhound is a much more of an A to B thing. But just remember, you don't have to book anything up now in a place like Oz. It is so geared towards backpacking. Both these bus tickets can wait you you get there - that wont be a problem. There may also be some deals offered when you get there which you wont find online. 2 months is a fair amount of time and will be winter as well, therefore not as busy as the summer months.
georginal
User Rank: World Wanderer
User Rank: World Wanderer
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:26 am
Location: London, UK

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby 123matts » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:25 pm

This is my exact query as well! I've heard for travelling alone, the oz experience is better as you are with fellow travellers, whereas the greyhound, you could be sitting next to grannies/babies etc. etc. as its just a local bus service... The oz experience is more expensive but I think its probably just a little easier and takes the hassle out of things.. and there will be a lot of solo travellers on it too... I hope!
123matts
User Rank: Daytripper
User Rank: Daytripper
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:00 pm

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby Zuleika » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:28 pm

There are pros and cons for both ways of travelling, you need to pick what is right for you - maybe wait till you get there to chat to others doing similar - you may find some travelling companions too, the hostels along that route are very sociable, its very popular.
One other tip - if your getting an Aussie YHA card you get discount on greyhound.

There are some other threads that may help here too;
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11752&hilit=+greyhound

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7794&p=32256&hilit=greyhound#p32256

Hope this helps
"Live the life you love, Love the life you live"
User avatar
Zuleika
User Rank: Road Warrior
User Rank: Road Warrior
 
Posts: 1402
Joined: Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:01 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby xcarmelx » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:22 pm

Hey!! im in the same situation as yourself!! i have all my flights booked but am stuck on whether to do the greyhound or oz experience!! Have you chosen which one you are going for yet?? travelling on my own for the first time is scaryy!! lol
Carmel x
xcarmelx
User Rank: Daytripper
User Rank: Daytripper
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:40 pm

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby katbird » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:25 pm

Loads of backpackers use greyhound too, not just grannies and babies.

Either one you will meet people and have a blast- I'd certainly wait until you arrive and see what deals they have that week, and you might find a lot of people at your hostel are doing the same thing so you can organise it together :)
katbird
User Rank: Daytripper
User Rank: Daytripper
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:23 pm

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby nikimarcotte » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:43 pm

i did both in my year in oz and would totally go with oz experience....you have fun drivers, they stop for anything...you are hanging out with other backpackers all the way, can research what you want to do along the way and usually find other people interested in doing it with you...the greyhound was just like any other highway bus anywhere in the world, kinda boring.
Image
Image
User avatar
nikimarcotte
User Rank: World Wanderer
User Rank: World Wanderer
 
Posts: 217
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:46 pm
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby rich_tea » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:50 am

Hello!

We're booked on to the Oz Experience in February, Cairns to Sydney. Weighed up the 2 options for buses but went with OzEx as it includes some tours and accommodation. Having researched the reviews etc it looks like ther can be a fair bit of a party atmosphere but it gets you where you want to go and there'll be so many other single travellers so you'll easily find people to socialise with! Looks like a really social atmosphere and the bus drivers seem to be a laugh too! Hope that helps :D
rich_tea
User Rank: Daytripper
User Rank: Daytripper
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:01 pm

Re: Greyhound for a first time solo traveller?

Postby clee » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:10 am

Hey, so this is a question I would love answering again if possible? The last posts were a while ago so wanted to know if it's still the same or if the situation had changed at all with regard to the Greyhound "a to b" vibe vs the Ox Experience "party" vibe?

Cheers!
Clee
clee
User Rank: Weekender
User Rank: Weekender
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Fri May 08, 2009 1:07 pm


Return to New Zealand, Australia & the South Pacific

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest