Get on public transportation or take a Lyft to the airport, go through security, wait to board flight, hope there are no delays. Land, get another cab, reach hotel, sleep. Wake up in the morning, and you are finally in LA or San Francisco, ready to venture out into the city. The distance between the two popular West Coast cities is almost 400 miles, and by the time all is said and done with air travel, it can take nearly as long to fly between the cities as it does to drive. This is the typical process for those of us who live, work in, or travel throughout California. There are about 48,000 people who make the trip daily, and we've always believed there had to be a better way.
Enter the Cabin bus, a "moving hotel" experience that allows travelers to board a bus in SF or LA at 11 p.m., sleep through the night in private cabins, and wake up in their destination city ready to get to work (or play). It eliminates the pain of driving up and down the coast when you're tired and gives riders the option of really resting, rather than dealing with the regular hassles of travel. I checked out one of the buses in the new fleet, and it was pretty impressive. Tickets are now on sale for rides, and the first trip starts the second week of July. The company hopes to expand and offer more routes in the US in the future.
How It Works
- Guests check into their private cabin by 11 p.m. PT while at a designated Cabin stop. "We recommend you plan to arrive at the designated pickup location approximately 20-30 minutes prior to departure. Departure time is 11 p.m. sharp in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, so please give yourself enough time to get to the pickup location to avoid any stress," a Cabin representative said.
- Travelers must bring both a valid photo ID and your reservation number.
- Guests have access to both their private cabin and a bathroom (one per bus) and communal lounge.
- Water bottle, blanket, and other "sleep-inducing" amenities
- Cabin bed comes equipped with a reading light, outlets for charging devices, window shade, and pod curtain.
- Cabin's "moving hotel" double-decker bus is 13.5 feet tall, 45 feet long, and 8.5 feet wide
- The interior of the private cabins is approximately 75 inches long, 25 inches wide, and 25 inches tall.
- The downstairs of the bus is a lounge/communal area.
- There are also Americans with Disabilities Act-approved private cabins on the first floor of the bus near the lounge that are 76-77 inches long and 31 inches wide.
Tickets start at $115 for one way and can be bought as round-trip or as single-trip. Once all private cabins are reserved for a night, a ride is sold out, so hurry up and book, because Cabin is proving to be very in demand — and understandably so. Check out the photos ahead to see what Cabin looks like!