Posts tagged: bus travel

South American Bus Travel, the Easy Way

By Travel Drunk, August 11, 2010 8:00 am

South_America South America is big, really big. But you know this. There are main ways to travel through the continent: fly or by bus. If you’re rich, you should fly, but most of us can’t do it, and a lot of places simply can’t be reached without a long stretch on the bus. After my first 12-hour bus trip I thought there was no way I would get back on a bus, but now I will happily get on a 30-hour bus without thinking twice (ok, that’s a little exaggerated, no one likes 30-hour trips). After 290-hours logged on South American buses, here are a few tips I’ve come up with to make bus travel through South America a lot easier:

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TransMilenio

By Travel Drunk, March 18, 2010 3:00 pm

TransMilenio Bogota’s mass transit system is called the TransMilenio, and I thought it was so great that I decided to devote a post to it (that’s pretty fuckin dorky).  Bogota is a huge, urban, sprawling mess, not unlike many U.S. cities.  They had no efficient transportation system, traffic was a nightmare, and installing a subway system wasn’t feasible.  The solution was to devote the center lanes of the major highways and surface streets to the TransMilenio system, which is just a glorified bus route.  It works just like any subway system: you pay about $0.70 to get a ticket, go through the turnstile onto the platform, go to the correct part of the platform for the line you want to take, and when the doors open, get on the bus.  Just like any other subway system you can transfer between lines as much as you need to without leaving the platforms, and without paying.  It’s faster than taking a cab most places, it’s cheap, and most importantly, it’s easy.

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