During a Greyhound bus trip you might hear drivers and Greyhound employees talk about Reboarders, Reboarding Passes, and Reboarding. Today we are going to discuss what exactly these terms mean and how they will affect you on your Greyhound bus trip.

First off, reboarding is when you arrive at a Greyhound bus station and are required to get off the bus for a certain amount of time, and are then reboarded back onto the same bus.

Usually a reboarding stop is necessary because the bus needs to be cleaned, checked out, serviced. You will probably be in the station for around 30 minutes or so while Greyhound employees take care of the bus.

The driver should tell you what to do with your luggage. Most of the time checked bags stay under the bus since you will be getting right back on the same bus. Sometimes the driver will tell you that you can leave your carry on bags on the bus as well. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to follow this advice or not.  Personally, I never let my carry on bag out of my sight.

Your driver will give you a reboarding pass as you are exiting the bus. It is extremely important that you hold on to this pass. This is what will allow you to get back on the bus. Your driver will have already taken the portion of your ticket that pertains to this leg of the journey so if you lose your reboarding pass you will have no proof that you need to be on that bus. Granted, most drivers will remember you and will probably let you back on the bus but they don’t have to. I have heard of instances where drivers haven’t let people back on buses without reboarding passes and those people have had to buy another ticket before they could get back on the bus.

Your reboarding pass also allows you to get on the bus ahead of any new passengers getting on the bus at the current station. This is great because it allows you to get on the bus and get your old seat back before any new passengers take it.

Your reboarding pass will have a number on it and the driver or another Greyhound employee will call it out and tell all ‘Reboarders with number **** to line up here’ or something along those lines.

This line will be separate from the regular boarding line so make sure you pay attention to where you are instructed to stand. If you get in the wrong line you will end up boarding the bus with all the new passengers and you may lose your original seat.

Reboarding differs from a transfer because during a transfer you leave one bus and get on another one. When you reboard you are getting off a bus and then getting right back on it.

Make sure you pay attention to all announcements while you are waiting to reboard. They might only call out your reboarding pass number once or twice so you want to make sure you hear it when they do.

I personally enjoy reboarding stops because it gives me a chance to get off the bus and stretch my legs, get something to eat, and use the station bathroom. And I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to sit when I get back on the bus because I can just get my old seat back.

Hopefully,  I’ve answered all your questions about Reboarding. If not please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section below or click over to the GOT QUESTIONS? page and use the email form there.