I looked at airfare and it was between $400-$500 for a round trip ticket from San Antonio to Toronto. I learned that Toronto was one of the most expensive cities to fly in or out of. I definitely did NOT have this kind of money (or any other kind) so this wasn't going to work. No problem, time to move on to Plan B. I looked at the closest US city that I could fly to and possibly greyhound from there. My husband and I are frequent fliers on Southwest and they are my preferred airline. I actually had almost $300 in "credit" (Southwest funds) that I could use for a trip. The closest place to Toronto in the US that Southwest flew into was Buffalo/Niagara NY. It was under $300 for a round trip ticket and I used my credit and even had some left over funds for a future trip! Next step was transportation from Buffalo Airport to Toronto.
I immediately went on the Megabus website as I was familiar with them from my time on the East Coast. I figured I would check and see if maybe they operated in this region. I already knew they were in Canada so it was no surprise when I discovered they had a schedule to and from the Buffalo Airport to Toronto. Awesome! Wanna know the best part? My round trip bus ticket from Buffalo to Toronto was $36. Thats right, less than the cost of a tank of gas for ROUND TRIP! I was able to book and pay for my ticket right on their website and if I had to cancel, it was refundable (for a future trip). The bus stop in Toronto was only a few blocks from my hotel so I wouldn't even need a taxi once I got there. I was staying my first 2 nights FREE at the Courtyard Marriott using points I had earned from previous Marriott stays. I told you I love to find a way to travel for virtually no money! I called the hotel to make sure it was a safe walk to make by myself at 7:30 pm. The clerk assured me it was an easy AND safe walk from the bus terminal to the property. YAY! I was really excited now! I was going to Toronto and my first Travel Blogging Conference and it cost me less than $40!!!
I loved my Megabus experience and through my research of them for the Toronto trip I found out they are now operating in Texas! This was great news. While I have a car (and like driving to Austin, Houston and Dallas) my brother does not. I was happy to know that I can personally recommend them to him if he ever wants to get away for a trip to any of these Texas cities. As a matter of fact, I just picked my daughter up this evening from the bus station.