Is it cheaper to take a bus or a train? Or a Limousine?

There are different modes of transportation a person can take to get from point A to B. Personal vehicles are a popular choice for people who can afford them and for places that can accommodate them like not so highly urbanized areas with little to no parking space. 

For the rest who live in densely populated areas or cannot afford to buy a car, public transportation or shared transportation is the only way to make it to work or school on time. Buses and trains travel on ideal routes throughout the area to efficiently get people where they need to be. 

There has always been a debate on which mode of public transportation is better, bus or train? Sometimes, it’s cheaper to take a bus and other times, the train. There isn’t a simple answer to this question. It ultimately depends on what your needs are. 


Benefits of Public & Shared Transportation 


Traveling by public transportation is far safer than driving. According to the American Public Transport Association, taking public transportation reduces your chances of being in an accident by 90%. 

They also claim that public transportation is ten times safer per mile/kilometer than driving a car. Public transportation vehicles were built to go moderately fast and keep those within it safe. 

Eases Road Congestion 

Nobody enjoys being stuck in traffic, but rising populations necessitate road infrastructure improvements, which can be costly and time-consuming. However, road construction frequently makes the situation worse before it improves. 

Another advantage of public transportation is that more people using buses, trains, and other public transportation systems means fewer vehicles on the road to cause traffic.

Freedom and Mobility 

The availability of public transportation allows everyone to have personal mobility, allowing them to go virtually anywhere. Intercity transit systems allow riders to move around the city regardless of which borough or neighborhood they live in. 

Many people do not have the ability to drive, so public transportation is often their only option for getting to their destination.

Increases Productivity and Provides Equitable Transportation System

When someone is driving, they should only be doing one thing: driving. Many states even have laws prohibiting the use of a smartphone while driving. Driving's multitasking limitation can result in hours of ineffective time. 

Riders of public transportation, on the other hand, have the ability to be more productive with their time during their commute. On their way to work, people can sleep, read, or relax.

Giving more people the ability to get to work is one way to expand the workforce and improve a city's economy, and public transportation accomplishes this. This alleviates the need to be able to afford a car and gasoline — or rely on someone who owns a vehicle — in order to earn a living.

Reduces Air Pollution 

For cities that integrate public transportation, less fuel burned means better air quality. Approximately 85 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are caused by daily commutes. A person can save up to 20 pounds of CO2 emissions per day by leaving the car at home.


Bus vs. Train vs. Limousine

OK ok, so up until this point you are probably thinking the inclusion of Limo rentals in this comparison is a bit strange. And well, maybe it is. However, don't overlook the cost effectiveness of traveling in a limo. 

Believe it or not, for groups of 6 -10 people traveling more than about an 50miles, a limo will be cheaper than buying individual train tickets. Crazy, we know. But true nonetheless. Surely, renting a limo is worth it.

On average, bus fares are less expensive than train tickets, given that you will be traveling the same distance. But this is not the only thing that you should be taking into consideration when deciding whether you should take a bus or a train. 

As with everything, there are pros and cons to every mode of the public transport vehicle. Here is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of buses and trains, respectively so you can decide which is better suited for your needs. 

Bus Advantages 

  • Bus fares are relatively cheaper than those of trains
  • More destinations, departure, and arrival times
  • Can access more remote areas like mountainous regions
  • Bus rides are quieter than trains because there is no screech of metal against metal

Bus Disadvantages 

  • No space for you to walk around
  • Buses offer far fewer amenities than trains, some not even having a bathroom for shorter routes
  • Uncomfortable seats compared to trains
  • Less reliable because of traffic

Train Advantages

  • You can stand up and move around to stretch your legs
  • More amenities such as food carts and more toilet facilities than any bus could offer
  • A scenic route is guaranteed on almost any train ride because it does not need to follow roads
  • More environmentally friendly because trains use up less fuel per passenger than any other motorized vehicle
  • More reliable
  • More storage for your belongings on a train

Train Disadvantages

  • More expensive than bus fares
  • Train routes offer fewer destinations than bus routes because of the limitation of where tracks are located
  • Since trains can hold more passengers, they can get pretty crowded
  • Fewer departure and arrival times
  • Relatively louder than a bus