Arriving Early for Your Long Bus Ride Comes with a Long List of Benefits

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If you’re one of those people who always do a bunch of stuff last-minute before hitting the road, you should try being a little bit more organized when traveling by bus. Despite the common myth that buses never arrive on time, you should get there early if you’re embarking on a long trip for more reasons than one.

Picking a Good Seat

Some bus companies assign seats to their passengers or ask them to pay extra to make their pick, but that’s not always the case. If you don’t know where you’ll be sitting, arrive for your bus at least 15 minutes earlier. You’ll be more likely to pick a good seat if you’re there before other passengers.

Comfortable Ride

Picking the right seat can make your ride much more comfortable, but that’s not the only way to make yourself cozy. Arriving early also gives you enough time to get out all the things you need out of your bag and arrange them where you need them without disturbing other passengers.

Being Respectful

You’re not the only one gaining something from arriving early for your bus rides—so does the bus driver and your fellow passengers. If you get there late, it will take some time for you to put away your luggage and find a seat, and if multiple people do this, the ride could be significantly delayed.