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The Best Alternative to Greyhound in Canada

Since Greyhound left Canada on May 13, 2021, carpooling has become one of the preferred alternatives for people to travel across Canada.

In this article, we explain why carpooling long-distances on Poparide is the best and cheapest alternative to Greyhound.

It’s very affordable

When you’re carpooling on Poparide, you’re sharing the cost of a journey with the driver and several other passengers. This means the overall cost is very reasonable.

Don’t take our word for it, here are some of the popular routes across Canada and the average cost per passenger to travel:

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It’s safe and connects communities

All drivers and passengers have verified profiles, with their real name, their picture and a verified email and phone number.

Drivers also have a verified bank account and passengers have a verified credit card to pay for rides.

By carpooling, we are able to fill empty seats in cars already on the road, which connects communities where buses can’t operate. This also has the effect of connecting people, and helping them meet fellow members of their community.

We’ve seen people find jobs, make new friends and create new opportunities when carpooling on Poparide!

Poparide profile
A typical Poparide profile with verifications and reviews

It reduces our environmental impact

By sharing rides, we share the carbon emitted by each vehicle. This reduces our individual carbon footprint which eventually helps reduce our carbon emissions.

We demonstrate this with numbers: the average vehicle occupancy in Canada is 1.6 persons per vehicle; the average vehicle occupancy on a Poparide trip is 4.1 persons per vehicle – that’s a staggering 2.5 additional people per vehicle!


And yep, it’s legal

Carpooling is legal in Canada as long as participants share a common destination and the driver is not turning a profit.

Carpooling also uses the existing infrastructure, which reduces the need to spend money on buses and bus depots or obtain subsidies to transport people.

It’s a win-win for drivers, passengers, and the public. At scale, carpooling helps decrease congestion and reduce pollution!


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FAQ

Is Poparide really a Greyhound alternative?

Poparide is a great alternative to Greyhound for getting out of town and planning road trips with reliable drivers across Canada.

Has Greyhound shut down in Canada?

Greyhound shut down in Canada on May 13, 2021 and no longer provides service.

Why did Greyhound leave Canada?

Greyhound Canada suspended all operations in Canada citing declining ridership.

When did Greyhound leave Canada?

Greyhound suspended all operations in Canada on May 13, 2021.

Which Greyhound routes in Ontario and Quebec are served by Poparide?

Poparide provides rides on the following routes that were previously served by Greyhound in Ontario and Quebec:
Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal
Toronto-London-Windsor
Sudbury-Ottawa/Toronto
Toronto-Kitchener/Guelph/Cambridge
Toronto-Niagara Falls
Ottawa-Kingston

Which Greyhound routes in Western Canada are served by Poparide?

Poparide provides rides on the following routes that were previously served by Greyhound in Western Canada:
Vancouver-Squamish-Whistler
Vancouver-Abbotsford
Vancouver-Kamloops
Vancouver-Kelowna
Calgary-Banff
Calgary-Edmonton
Calgary-Vancouver

What buses other than Greyhound operate in Canada?

Poparide city-to-city carpooling is a convenient and popular alternative to Greyhound in Canada. Alternative bus lines to Greyhound include Ebus (BC & Alberta), Megabus (Ontario) and Orléans Express (Quebec).

Who will replace Greyhound in Canada?

Poparide currently provides city-to-city carpooling service on all routes previously served by Greyhound. Rider Express announced on May 13, 2021 that it will be coming to Ontario and Quebec. Pacific Western Transportation announced that it is looking into launching a service in Ontario.

Where does Greyhound go in Canada?

Greyhound Canada suspended all operations in Canada on May 13, 2021. Greyhound Lines, Inc. (USA) will continue to operate cross-border express services on the following routes when the border reopens: Toronto to New York  –  Toronto to Buffalo  –  Montreal to New York  –  Montreal to Boston  –  Vancouver to Seattle.

Who replaced Greyhound in BC

Poparide’s convenient city-to-city carpooling service provides frequent trips on routes previously served by Greyhound in BC. Ebus has provided reliable bus service to locations on the lower mainland and interior of BC following Greyhound’s suspension of all operations in BC in October 2018.


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