The truth about North America is that it is large and even a bit secluded from the rest of the world. Besides our American and Mexican neighbors, we are pretty much a far reach for the rest of the world. With such a large landmass and expensive airfares to travel in Canada, it is no wonder people always fly out of the country!

However, Canada (and the USA) does make great road trips and are budget friendly. If you don’t own a car, you would be very thankful for bus and ridehshares. Today, I would share you some of my favourite transportation tools and websites!

Option #1: Megabus

Megabus - Travel Cheaply in Canada and USA

Megabus is a low-cost bus service provided by Coach Canada. It operates in the UK, USA and Canada, but for this post, I’ll focus on Canadian and US destinations.

Popular Destinations: Toronto –> New York, Toronto –> Montreal

How it works: Megabus crosses borders meaning you can go from a Canadian city to a US city and vice versa. All you have to do is to choose your starting city, and then see which places it goes from there. The bus goes to many tourist cities such as Niagara Falls, Montreal, New York, and Washington.

Why I love it: Depending on when you buy your ticket, prices can be ridiculously cheap! When they first opened their service in Canada, I remember tickets could be as cheap as $1! You might think it is a gimmick, but they actually made some tickets that cheap at some odd times of the site!

Megabus Canada - Toronto to Montreal

Megabus example

Option #2: Kangaride

Kangaride - Rideshare Canada

Kangaride is the English version of Amigoexpress, a site that was originally created for French travelers in Quebec. I used to use this site all the time when I went from Alma (a small city where I lived) to Quebec City and Montreal for the weekend. For a six-hour trip, I only paid $30 to my driver and another $5 for the service of the website! Since they have expanded to English, I suppose that you can get to a lot more places across Canada (and not just Quebec).

Popular Destinations: Montreal –> Quebec City

How it works: In order to use the site, you need to first buy travel credits. Travel credits start from $5 per trip, and decreases when you purchase in a bulk (ex. four or five travel credits in a pacakge). These would be used to reserve your spot when you find a rideshare that fits your schedule. One credit = one ride.

When you meet the driver in person on the day of the trip, you would pay the driver in cash. Each driver charges differently, however, most prices are pretty much the same with $5-10 difference. You would know how much they are charging on the site.

Why I love it: The prices are super reasonable and it is a win-win for both the passenger and driver! On one hand, the driver can use the cash to pay for gas, and the passenger gets a ride! Plus, you can meet a new friend or two in the car!

They are also very safe. You won’t be released the information of the driver until you complete the booking and they have it everyone’s information on the system.

Kangaride - Rideshare Ontario Canada - Learn how you can travel cheaply in Toronto

Example of a Rideshare









Option #3: Student Rideshare

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So perhaps you have heard about this famous university you want to check out or you have a friend who invited you to a house party at their university. You might not even be going to the university but just want to check out the town! The only problem is… how are you going to get there without a car?

Well, tag along with students and meet new friends!

How it works: On Facebook, try to find a Facebook group for rideshare for a specific university. If you wanted to go to Queens University, type in “Queens University Rideshare” and see what you come up with. I tested it out and you can almost find one for major universities in Canada.

Popular Facebook groups:

Rideshare Queen’s University

University of Toronto Rideshare 

Rideshare / Ottawa / Gatineau/ Montreal / Toronto/ 2018

Montreal – Toronto Rideshare

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Have you tried any other services that you would highly recommend for traveling across Canada and the USA? I’ll love to know!

Written by Charmaine | The Canadian Wanderer
Charmaine Yip is a Canadian who has lived abroad since 2012. She is currently working in the education industry in-between Toronto and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she has lived in Canada, Singapore and France.