BoltBus now at Union Station and ready to start service to San Diego

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BoltBus recently began operating non-stop premium bus service from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose and Oakland, and now it’s ready to hit San Diego. Beginning on November 14, the bus line will operate four daily round trips from L.A. to S.D. The curbside service in San Diego will be located at 415 W. Harbor Dr., next to Seaport Village.

To celebrate service to the new city, BoltBus will be offering $1 fares on every seat for travel between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17 on every California route. If you’re looking to take a quick trip on the cheap, you might look into cashing in on this deal. Buses stop at the following locations in Northern California:

  • San Jose: Diridon Station at 75 Cahill St.
  • Oakland: West Oakland BART Station at 1451 7th St.
Make sure not to confuse BoltBus with Megabus.com. Megabus.com picks up from Patsaouras Plaza, and BoltBus picks up at the other end of Union Station near Alameda Street, right in front of The Mozaic apartment complex.

11 replies

  1. Bolt Buses appear to be similar to the buses operated by Greyhound. Mega Bus’s are really nice and are new double deckers .

    • Mike,

      BoltBus is a subsidiary of Greyhound…but I can tell you that the buses they’re using in Cali are really, really new. Hopped on one earlier to take a look and it still has that new bus smell! Not a double decker though, but seating is plush.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

    • Hi Rick,

      Not sure what the BoltBus fare is – prices increase as tickets sell out, but it’s probably also capped at a certain rate, similar to Megabus.com. A one-way ticket from LAUS to Old Town SD clocks in at an average of $40.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  2. Nice. Bought a ticket to SJC this weekend, since I was planning to go anyway. Gives me plenty of time to work on my novel. (Haha.)

  3. This wrong to have Bolt and Mega serving LAUS and undercutting the Surfliners with all the effort the state has put into that corridor. Any wonder why Greyhound service to San Diego doesn’t have the frequency anymore ? Trains are more comfortable, have food, business class, etc.. I have no problem with those 2 companies running buses where the trains, especially state supported trains don’t go.

  4. It’s completely different in the Northeast where so many people travel between NYC (where I live), Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington. That’s at least 20,000,000 people & the travel options are numerous: Amtrak, Greyhound, Bolt Bus, MegaBus, commuter trains (NJ Transit + SEPTA between NYC & Philly via Trenton), even the Chinatown buses–and I didn’t even include other regional destinations like Hartford, Albany, Providence, New Haven, the Hamptons & Atlantic City.