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Tue May 10, 2016, 03:32 AM

SleepBus runs overnight between SF and LA for $48

A new type of bus service is starting up to offer travelers a new way to get between two of California's largest cities. It's called the SleepBus, but the company doesn't actually use a bus; it's a Volvo truck hitched to a long trailer with individual sleep pods on board.

Each pod has an electric socket (so you can power and charge your devices while under way) and there's on-board wifi, desks should you prefer to sit up and work, coffee and tea, and room for three bags and even a bicycle in the luggage compartment. The whole trim takes about seven hours, which is a bit longer than the typical hour-and-twenty-minute flight between LAX and SFO, even once you take into account extra time for check-in, clearing security, and transit. But the SleepBus travels overnight, so you leave one city at 11 pm and arrive at the other end by 6 am plus they'll even let you stay on board until 7:30 if you want to sleep in a little.

To get the word out, the company is offering one-way trips for $48. That's expected to go up to $65 once things are fully up and running, but that's still cheaper than the cheapest nonpromotional airfare you're going to find, even on a budget carrier like Southwest. Add in the convenience of its pickup and drop-off locations at the Caltrain station in San Francisco and the Santa Monica Pier in LA and the SleepBus strikes us as a viable alternative to air travel, and a far better option than the Greyhound at least until the high-speed train is complete.

No more at link: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/05/09/sleepbus-la-sf-overnight-official/#slide-3887572



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Tue May 10, 2016, 03:53 AM

1. Sounds like an interesting idea

May give it a try if I am ever out that way.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Tue May 10, 2016, 04:11 AM

2. I thought this was worth posting, especially since traffic can be such a hassle

And it's much less expensive than flying. Here's hoping this catches on...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Tue May 10, 2016, 04:24 AM

3. Agreed

It would be nice to see this develop in other areas. I can see it doing well between some Mid West Cities. Perhaps less so on the East Coast, but who knows?

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Tue May 10, 2016, 04:27 AM

4. I really don't enjoy flying much, haven't flown since before 9/11

So I really liked this article since this kind of public transportation would be perfect for me...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #4)

Tue May 10, 2016, 04:45 AM

5. I do enjoy flying myself, but

since the added attraction of security theater have stayed away from doing so. This looks to be a much more relaxed way of getting from place to place and I would give it a try.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #5)

Tue May 10, 2016, 04:52 AM

6. I love the idea that you can sleep on the way

It's kind of like old fashioned trains, did that once years ago in Ireland, but it's not offered around here, at least not anywhere near me...

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