The drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles is one of the most boring a person from the Bay Area can take. Hours upon hours of bleak landscapes and expensive gas stations, followed by traffic as you get into Southern California — no, thanks.
However, for some of us it’s a necessity, and sometimes flying is just not an option.
That’s the market Sleepbus is aiming to disrupt. The new auto service has been shuttling passengers through the night from San Francisco to Los Angeles through the night, with bunk beds, all for $48 one way. On each trip, 11-12 passengers depart San Francisco around 11 p.m. in a large commercial truck trailer, and arrive in L.A. six to seven hours later. Guests are even allowed to sleep in a little bit after the bus lands in Southern California.
And for those night owls with too much to do, the ticket also includes Wi-Fi, coffee, power outlets, workstation tables, and a reading light.
But now, for a little bad news: the service has been so popular since its maiden voyage in April that they currently can’t keep up with demand. That means that they’re halting reservations until they can bulk up their fleet. In the meantime, rumor has it that they’ll start accepting new reservations in mid-August, but the price will be a little bit higher, at $65 per one-way trip.