Urban Transport

Cabin brings the sleeper bus concept to America

Cabin buses allow passengers to combine sleeping time with travelling time
Cabin buses allow passengers to combine sleeping time with travelling time
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Cabin currently runs between San Francisco and LA, although other routes are planned
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Cabin currently runs between San Francisco and LA, although other routes are planned
Cabin buses allow passengers to combine sleeping time with travelling time
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Cabin buses allow passengers to combine sleeping time with travelling time
There's additionally a lounge for people who wish to sit up and socialize
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There's additionally a lounge for people who wish to sit up and socialize

If you were in either San Francisco or LA, and wanted to arrive in the other city first thing in the morning, you'd have to catch quite an early flight. It could potentially leave you feeling groggy for the rest of the day. Well, Cabin offers a less costly and potentially more restful alternative. Its sleeping-cabin-equipped buses run between the two cities, leaving from one at 11pm and arriving at the other by 7am the next day.

The service began life as the SleepBus pilot project, which was initiated by entrepreneur Tom Currier. Following its success, Cabin was born.

Each of the two double-decker buses has two levels of pod-like cabins (for a total of 24), each one of which sleeps a single passenger. Besides sheets and a pillow, those cabins also feature privacy curtains, air conditioning, a window, a reading light, a power outlet and complimentary earplugs – although the walls are claimed to be soundproof.

Cabin currently runs between San Francisco and LA, although other routes are planned
Cabin currently runs between San Francisco and LA, although other routes are planned

There's additionally a lounge for people who wish to sit up and socialize, along with a bathroom equipped with a toilet and sink, for freshening up in the morning. And hey, there's also free Wi-Fi, water, coffee and tea, the latter three served by onboard attendants.

Tickets can be booked online, with one-way fares starting at US$115. Passengers are permitted two pieces of luggage.

The service launched on June 28th, with the first run scheduled to take place this Friday. Additional routes are planned for the future.

Source: Cabin

7 comments
sk8dad
Bus seats are typically gross already. That does not bode well for enclosed poorly ventilated capsules.
JerrySilverman
This is nothing new. A company called "Pickwick Stage Lines" Had this service in CA. back in the 1920's. It was quite successful and the company was bought out by the forerunner of Greyhound Bus lines.
SoundRacer
Similar as US patent 4,582,354 for a bus with sleeping cabins. It was patented in 1986 so no longer valid but hold against my patent application for CabiBUS, although very different.
socalboomer
It's really not that big of a deal to fly from LA to SF - it's less than an hour in the air and if you go fly from Burbank, John Wayne or Ontario (all in the metro area) then getting through security is FAST so you're really looking at a couple of hours total. Then you can spend the rest of your evening or morning actually in the city or with friends and family. . . instead of sleeping on a bus, overnight.
pmshah
This is nothing new. We have had these "sleeper buses" plying on inter city roads in India for more than 25 years.
IvanWashington
need this service in Washington state!
MicahBowen
Are you kidding me? That's the price of a one way flight! Nobody is going to pay that kind of money! Last time I booked a sleeper bus was in Asia.. I payed $12 for an 8 hour trip.. yeah
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