Wanderu Now Lets You Search for Amtrak Trains, Too

Wanderu, an astonishingly inexpensive website for U.S. bus travel, has just added a search capability for Amtrak trains.

The search website for U.S. bus travel, Wanderu.com, has added a search capability for four Amtrak trains in the East.

When you check out trips from Boston to Albany, for example, you can compare prices and schedules of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited with what’s available from regional bus companies. Other Amtrak trains in the Wanderu data base are both Silver Service trains between New York and Florida and the Palmetto between New York and Savannah, with more presumably to come.

I first looked at Wanderu last September, and I found it a work in progress. It did not show, for example, any bus service between Medford, Oregon, and Sacramento, although it showed four daily Portland-Sacramento Greyhound trips, all of which stop at Medford. It still doesn’t. And even now, although it shows BoltBus, Go Buses, Greyhound/Peter Pan, and Megabus services between Boston and New York, it does not include LimoLiner’s deluxe bus.

Last September, a spokesperson told me that Wanderu was “rolling out” its coverage East to West, and hadn’t really covered the West coast fully. That still seems to be the case. Where Wanderu does cover, however, you’ll find that booked-in-advance bus trips can be astonishingly inexpensive, the travel times aren’t bad, and the new buses offer a lot of comfort and convenience features.

I admire Wanderu’s ambition to become the go-to website for U.S. ground transportation. It isn’t there yet, but the addition of some Amtrak routes to its search engine is another step in the right direction.

By Ed Perkins

A nationally recognized reporter, writer, and consumer advocate, Ed Perkins focuses on how travelers can find the best deals and avoid scams.

He is the author of "Online Travel" (2000) and "Business Travel: When It's Your Money" (2004), the first step-by-step guide specifically written for small business and self-employed professional travelers. He was also the co-author of the annual "Best Travel Deals" series from Consumers Union.

Perkins' advice for business travelers is featured on MyBusinessTravel.com, a website devoted to helping small business and self-employed professional travelers find the best value for their travel dollars.

Perkins was founding editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, one of the country's most influential travel publications, from which he retired in 1998. He has also written for Business Traveller magazine (London).

Perkins' travel expertise has led to frequent television appearances, including ABC's "Good Morning America" and "This Week with David Brinkley," "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," CNN, and numerous local TV and radio stations.

Before editing Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Perkins spent 25 years in travel research and consulting with assignments ranging from national tourism development strategies to the design of computer-based tourism models.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Perkins lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife.

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