Buses have been in use since the beginning of the 20th century when they became motorized. There were times when a number of railroad companies which offered feeder bus services earlier. With the vast variety of buses that are available, it is true that many times people and families find it rather tough to decide as to which bus type would suit their needs best.
US culture and history has been characterized by bus travel for the last century or so. While many people still prefer car driving for shorter commutes, bus travel allows people to go to less known and rather off beat places too. This gives you the chance to meet up with people you may not have known earlier, which is not possible with other modes of transport. This is true in Europe also, where trains may be super fast but do not reach every corner of the country. With a bus, travel is safe and secure too, which affords the novelty of visiting new places and territory that is quite uncharted for you.
When it comes to cost, bus travel is also quite cheap as it does not come with any surprise or hidden costs and charges. You are sure as to what you are buying and the prices at the time of purchase of the ticket itself. If you need to travel often, it is advisable to go in for bus travel. It is much safer than hitch hiking too. While many people use buses as it is cheap when compared to air travel, another benefit is that you can reach almost anywhere in the US by bus. Additionally, you get to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the US countryside.
Within Japan, the preference for bus travel may have reduced somewhat, but it is still prevalent. In Japan, people prefer bus travel to airlines as airline tickets are quite expensive in comparison and at the same time, it does not allow one to enjoy the bounties of nature and the exotic sights and sounds that one can enjoy by opting for bus travel.
The unique aspect about buses is that these are widely used across the globe, be it in rich countries or poor. These are likely to be used in future too, for connecting smaller towns and cities. Being fast, cheap and also safe, many people use buses. But they also have some downsides. As there is no system for prior ticketing, you may have to sit next to just about anyone. Similarly, people in buses could be mixed as well as rather eccentric and if you are unlucky, you may not be in exactly pleasant company while traveling (plus you’ll need to take along travel accessories). Again, in the US, distances are quite massive and traveling by bus could be lengthy and very cumbersome. It is no wonder then that so many people prefer air travel in the US for its comfort and ability to save time.