A road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco is just long enough (six hours without traffic — and you know there will be traffic) that you’d probably just consider flying. Until you think about all of the airport stress that comes with it. Checking bags, schlepping through security, cramped seats, and dry skin (or the awkwardness of face masking while surrounded by strangers): it all kind of detracts from the fun of traveling.
“I’m really excited about the fact that if you use the highway system and don’t need tracks, we can build this premium, almost European travel experience in the United States with very limited infrastructure,” co-founder and President, Gaetano Crupi, told TechCrunch.
Think of their trips as the ground travel version of a red-eye: buses leave at 11p.m. and arrive promptly at 7a.m., and each sleeper cabin comes with blackout drapes, a privacy shade, and soundproof walls so you can spend the entire trip dozing comfortably. As you can imagine, this unique type of travel experience doesn’t come cheap: a roundtrip ticket costs about $230.
But this isn’t just a sleeper bus, it’s a luxury sleeper bus, so it’s got some pretty unbelievable perks on top of the cozy sleeping situation. There is an onboard attendant, a communal lounge area, free water, coffee, and tea, and even melatonin-laced water if need a little help dozing off. Plus, you can bring two pieces of luggage, which is two more than a lot of airlines allow these days.
Cabin ran its first voyages over the weekend, but starting September 1 buses will run nightly in both directions, and they’re looking to take on other routes like Portland and Las Vegas. Be one of the first people to experience the future of five-star bus travel.