Canada is a massive country, 2nd largest to be exact. Travel between major cities can be a long and daunting task. If you have the money, flying can save you a lot of wasted time between cities. However, before you go and book your flight from Vancouver to Toronto, (and miss all the meat & potatoes) remember, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber. Long hours of travel await you, just keep in mind that your own secret destination could be waiting for your at the next stop.
Despite the massive size of Canada, this beautiful country doesn’t leave you with a lot of choices when it comes to choosing which bus company to take. The most popular, and most affordable would be Greyhound. They offer point to point tickets or Discovery Passes, which provide you with unlimited travel over a select number of days. (7, 14, 30, 60)
Discounts up to 25% off are available for students as well as Youth 18-25. Also, if you have a HI card, it entitles you to a free upgrade from 7 day Discovery Pass to 15 day Discovery Pass.
Discovery Pass Prices
- 7-Day – $199Cn
- 5-Day – $299Cn
- 30-Day – $399Cn
- 60-Day – $499Cn
The Discovery Passes are also valid with several smaller bus line companies as well. For a list of Interline Partners click here.
Traveling by bus in Canada isn’t the fastest way to travel, but it really does show a lot more of the country than you’d expect. Just be sure to take as many stops as possible, get off the Trans Canada Highway. Don’t let your memories become stops at Gas Stations, Tim Hortons, and the occasional Wendys or Burger King. Get out and explore. There is plenty to see and do.