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Updated on Thursday, June 12

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QUESTION: How early would you have to get in line for the Greyhound bus that leaves from the university on Friday at 5:00 pm? I was thinking that it might be less busy at this time of year, but I've only ever taken the Greyhound from the downtown terminal.

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  1. Pretty sure they only sell enough tickets to fill the seats.

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    1. Not true. I know people who were left behind and forced to wait for the next bus. Get there early because even though it's summer there are still a lot of students

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    2. No @1a. They only sell enough tickets for the seats now. All tickets are time and date specific since the beginning of the year. As long as you have a ticket for that particular bus you will get on.

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    3. Sorry 1b, there's no way that would ever work for them. I would arrive a minimum of 30min early and be ready to stand in the lineup. Its worth it to not get left behind. Best case scenario after being left is they add a bus to the run and you're only 20min lets. Worst case is you wait for the next one, its not an express, and you're 1.5hours late.

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  2. They say that their tickets are now date and schedule specific, so it is assumed you are guaranteed a seat. However, it's still possible that they overbook buses to account for no-shows, just like airlines do.

    When booking online, I've seen schedules blocked out because they were "sold out". Similarly, a couple of weeks ago I was unable to buy a ticket for a certain bus because, as per the clerk, it had been "sold out for at least 30 mins".

    I'd like to believe that they don't overbook and that I am in fact guaranteed a seat, but I still don't risk it.

    For your specific time (Friday 5 PM), my advice is to buy the ticket early (before they're sold out) and stand in line 30 mins before the bus is scheduled to leave. Safest bet.

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