If you buy a Greyhound bus ticket for someone else, Greyhound will charge you a flat $18 “gift ticket fee,” which must be the worst named fee in the history of transportation. On short rides, like a one-way trip from Cambridge, MA to Hartford, CT, it bumps the price up from $22 to $40.
Marc Levy at Cambridge Day asked Greyhound to explain the fee, and he received various explanations, including “fraud prevention” and “processing fee for a name change.”
But the most accurate explanation probably came directly from a Greyhound spokeswoman: “It’s a fee like with any travel you do.” Yeah, that sounds about right.
“Greyhound can’t explain large fee added to bus ticket” [Cambridge Day]