5 Programs That Offer Discounted or Free Greyhound Bus Tickets To Those In Need

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Did you know about these Greyhound programs that exist to help our most vulnerable community members? Now you do!

Greyhound loves to give back! 🙌

You may know that the popular bus service, Greyhound, offers affordable transportation throughout the country, but did you know that the company does a lot of philanthropy too? Each year, Greyhound helps runaway children get home, veterans get to the hospital, and so much more! The company supports five really beneficial programs that you need to know about!

5 helpful organizations that offer discounted or free Greyhound bus tickets:

1. The Home Free Program helps runaway children get to a safe living arrangement. 🏡

child looking out window of train or bus - free Greyhound bus tickets

Greyhound has partnered with the National Runaway Safeline to help reunite runaway children with their families. Each year Greyhound provides some 400 FREE Greyhound bus tickets for homeless and runaway youth. These free tickets help vulnerable children get to a parent, legal guardian, or other safe living arrangements. For more information on this incredible program, visit www.1800runaway.org or call toll-free 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

2. Greyhound helps the Red Cross in emergencies. 🚌

Evacuation Sign Pixabay Image

When disaster strikes, Greyhound is there to help evacuate those in need. The company has paired with the Red Cross to help survivors of hurricanes and other extreme weather get to safer ground.

3. Greyhound gives a free ticket to an organ transplant patient and their caregiver. 🏥

hospital patient picture - Free Greyhound Bus Tickets for Organ Transplant Patients

When someone needs an organ, there is no time to waste. Every year, Greyhound gives the American Organ Transplant Association (AOTA) free ride vouchers. These vouchers help reduce the cost and stress for those in need. Patients will get free round-trip vouchers to Greyhound for themselves and the caregiver accompanying them to the procedure. That’s pretty amazing!

If you know an organ transplant patient in need of free Greyhound bus tickets, their social worker or transplant coordinator can visit the AOTA website to submit a request.

4. Travelers down on their luck can count on Greyhound to lend a hand. 🧳

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Greyhound gives discounted bus tickets to Travelers Aid International, an organization that offers assistance to all kinds of travelers. These ticket discounts go to vulnerable travelers like young people trying to get home or senior citizens who missed their bus.

If you’re a traveler down on your luck, contact Travelers Aid to see if you can get one of these discounted Greyhound bus tickets. The organization may also help foreign travelers having difficulty getting directions, assist medical patients in getting prescriptions that have been delayed, or even offer a free phone card for a teen who needs to contact family.

5. Thanks to Greyhound, veterans can receive discounted rides to Veterans Affairs Hospitals.

Hospital Entrance - Emergency Room - Free greyhound bus tickets for veterans

Greyhound wants to be there for veterans when it matters the most. As part of the Veterans Transportation Program, Greyhound offers discounts to patients traveling to or from Veterans Affairs Hospitals. If you know someone who struggles to get the medical care they need due to distance, old age, or disability, visit the VA website to find out how to get a discounted fare.

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Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 16

  1. savnmommi

    Very informative post. Thanks for sharing

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! ❤️

  2. Monique

    Wow it’s cool to hear that they do this

  3. Tammy

    Yes, very informative. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Tammy!

  4. Jeremy Williams

    Yes this is Jeremy Williams I need help getting home I’m in Erie pa and don’t know anyone here I’m very scary people are stealing my stuff and trying to fight me please help me

  5. Kristy Benjamin

    Hey this is Kristy Benjamin I’m in Texas wanna go home to my family in Ohio. I’m homeless have no money I barely eat. My bf is narcissist hits me and throws my stuff outta of his house everyone he does something wrong but blames it on me. His constantly cheating on me and also I’ve tried multiple times with jobs but he takes my money so I can’t leave. I really just wanna go back home to my family been almost a year. A bus ticket is a out 170 and be nice for some snacks n food also. Please somebody help me, I hate asking but going back to Ohio connect me to my family, help graduate school, and become a person I wanna be yo achieve my goals. My number is 4302393444 or also contact me in my email

  6. Stacey Cyrus

    I’m homeless and am depressed. My son was due to graduate from high school but due to our living situation he failed and is attending summer school. I can’t take It here any longer. I’m trying to get back to my family and we come back and get my son when he graduates from summer school. Please help me.

  7. Linda carraway

    Im trying to help my niece get home.shes in elmira n.y homeless&no money.Her phone was stolen.Someone just helped her get a gov.phone.I cant get money up to get to her.if she dont get home by mon.she will miss out on getting back into school& last chance diisability appointments.She needs to leave from Binghamton N.Y. bus station&go to Montgomery Al. bus station or even get a oneway plane ticket.Is there any help available for her?

  8. Amy Walker

    Thank god .my son is homeless with his girlfriend in michigan.i m trying to get him out here to me i. California

  9. Amy Walker

    Thank god .my son is homeless with his girlfriend in michigan.i m trying to get him out here to me i. California how do i get tickets

  10. James Lando

    I am homeless in lafayette la trying to get to my kids in dallas tx i start a new job there thursday i am scared to be on the streets as the crime is so bad here i have a place to stay when i get back to dallas txs

  11. James Paul Lando

    i am stuck in lafayette la trying to get home to dallas tx i have no money to get home to my boys i start a new job at goodwill in lewisville txs please i need help

  12. Jessica Onsurez

    Im stuck in Dallas trying to get home to my wedding in El Paso texas I really would appreciate a bus ticket we are strapped for cash with all the expenses that goes with marriage

  13. Jessica Onsurez

    I need help getting to my wedding Im stuck in Dallas Texas trying to get to El Paso (ft Bliss ) Texas


    Hi my name is Joseph Rodriguez I’m 53 yrs old and I’m in Albuquerque NM, I recently buried my mom and I’m homeless I don’t have any place to stay at and am trying to get to my father’s house in south Texas.i don’t have any money to get a bus ticket there, which would be a blessing for me I wouldn’t be on the streets struggling as I am.im asking for help with a bus ticket for myself only.if you could find it in your heart to help me, I would greatly appreciate it and if you can’t then I understand all I can do is try right have a good day and God bless

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