How to Go this Thanksgiving

Turkey/Tofurky day is less than a week away. Are you staying close to home, or will you join the estimated 42.5 million Americans who’ll travel more than 50 miles to get their gravy on? Read on to get the lowdown about your public transit options this holiday season.

Leaving on a jet plane? Take the bus first! Triangle Transit buses will not operate on Thanksgiving day, but if you’re flying out on Wednesday or before, consider taking the route 100 bus.  Check Triangle Transit’s Airport page for more information. If walking out the door and jumping on the bus isn’t a good option, maybe the free Park & Ride at the Regional Transit Center would work for you? I saved a chunk of change when I went to London.

Have you thought about Amtrak? When I was an undergrad at UNC, I didn’t drive. Still, there were occasions when I needed to get home, so I took Amtrak. For NC-specific train information, check here. There are transit accessible stations in Cary, Durham, and Raleigh.

Get on a Greyhound: I moved to Asheville after graduation. Because there’s no train service in Western NC, I used Greyhound for my homeward bound travels and was not disappointed.

Megabus: Now, I’ve never been on the Megabus so I can’t give a personal recommendation, but the fares are very reasonable. As of this moment, you can leave Durham at 2:20pm and get to Charlotte just in time for dinner (5:25pm) on Thanksgiving day for $8.  That’s pretty cool.

Staying closer to home? The regional and local bus operation schedules for the 2011 Holiday Season are availble after the jump! Have a great weekend!

Service Details for 2011 Holiday Season

Day

Date

CAT

DATA

TTA

CTRAN

CHT

NCSU

Tuesday

22-Nov

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

No Night Service

Wednesday

23-Nov

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Reduced Service

Thursday

24-Nov

No Service

Sunday Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

Friday

25-Nov

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Saturday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Saturday Service (No U or
NU routes)

No Service

Saturday

26-Nov

Saturday Service

Saturday Service

Saturday Service

Saturday Service

Saturday Service (No U or
NU routes)

No Service

Sunday

27-Nov

Sunday Service

Sunday Service

No Service

No Service

U route begins at 1:50p;
NU begins at 1:45p

No Service

Monday

28-Nov

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

No Service

Friday

23-Dec

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Reduced Weekday Service

No Service

Saturday

24-Dec

Saturday Service

Saturday Service (Last
routes depart at 7pm; BCC ends at 7p)

Saturday Service

Saturday Service

Saturday Service (No U or
NU routes)

No Service

Sunday

25-Dec

No Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

Monday

26-Dec

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Saturday Service (no
route 303)

No Service

Saturday Service (No U or
NU routes)

No Service

Tuesday

27-Dec

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

Saturday Service (no
route 303)

No Service

Reduced Weekday Service

No Service

Saturday

31-Dec

Saturday Service

Saturday Service (Last
routes depart 7pm; BCC ends at midnight)

Saturday Service

Saturday Service

Saturday Service (No U or
NU routes)

No Service

Sunday

1-Jan

No Service

Sunday Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

No Service

Monday

2-Jan

Regular Weekday Service

Regular Weekday Service

No Service

No Service

Reduced Weekday Service

Reduced Service

 

2 thoughts on “How to Go this Thanksgiving

  1. Thanks for that. I wish I had read this when you posted it. I was not aware of the Megabus and will be looking at them to see if they’re useful in the future. This year I’m going with Amtrak. Megabus fares appear to go up dramatically as the date approaches. It may have been $8 last Friday, but it’s now up to $21. Still possibly cheaper than driving alone.

    Of course the challenge remains getting to and from Amtrak or Megabus with no local transit operating. Amtrak probably beats Megabus in that regard, especially for in-state trips because you can add your bike to certain trains without boxing it or paying extra. I don’t see where Megabus is at all accommodating in that regard. Perhaps a folding bike would meet their baggage requirements.

    In any case, ditching the car is always a challenge, more-so when our local transit people are taking a well-deserved break as well, but usually worth the effort. Thanks for the tips. Enjoy your holiday.

    • I’m not a cyclist (yet.. maybe one day) and I didn’t even think about bringing bikes along! Thanks for the comment. You’re right, Megabus doesn’t seem amenable to customers bringing bikes, though a little googling reveals that some cyclists have risked it and successfully snuck their bikes aboard. Thanks for the Amtrak tip, too. For anybody paying attention, here’s the link for their policy. Thanks so much for the insight. Enjoy your holiday!

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