New SleepBus Offers Unique Alternative to Intra-California Flights

Travelers have a new option to get between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Californians have long hoped for a high-speed train to connect Northern California to Southern. Construction has started, but it will be a long time before the first segment is even completed.

Especially when traveling with family or if commuting often, flight prices add up quick and a new service called SleepBus is offering well-priced tickets (just $48 each way) to get between San Francisco and Santa Monica. That’s roughly half the cost of a plane ticket.

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The twist is that the SleepBus offers a non-stop flat bed experience for all passengers so they can get a good night’s rest, and the journey is only made at night. SleepBus’ tagline is even, “we drive, you sleep”. Here’s a screenshot from their website –

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Looking at the picture of the beds on their website though, the beds look to be stacked three high which may not be nearly as comfortable or private as you might want.

SleepBus picks up passengers at the San Francisco station at 10:30pm, drives overnight, and arrives at the Santa Monica Pier around 6.5 hours later (though passengers don’t have to disembark until 7:30am). The bus makes the return Santa Monica to San Francisco trip the following night.

The great drop off point location means that passengers are delivered right to Ocean Front Walk without having to get from downtown LA elsewhere. You can also bring up to 3 bags on the bus, and even a bicycle.

As far as amenities go, there is a privacy screen for each bed, personal power outlets, reading light, free WiFi, luxury sheets by Casper, coffee, tea, and a restroom.

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Here’s a handy booking link.

The SleepBus could be a business person’s solution to getting between the two cities efficiently, without staying in a hotel and then heading to a meeting in the morning. The only amenity that is missing to make this setup ideal is a shower. The same goes for families that are looking for a comfortable way to make the journey without having one parent stuck driving all night.

(HT: Travel Codex)

What do you think of the new SleepBus?