The Five Scariest Countries for Bus Travel in the World

Traveling by bus is one of the staples of international travel for many people, and in areas such as South America and Asia, it is often the only economical way of getting from one destination to another. However, in many places traveling by bus also offers some experiences that you cannot experience using other modes of travel, and this can often include putting your hands in the life of the driver. Make sure you buckle in and keep your hand luggage close, as these are five countries with some truly terrifying bus rides. Traveling by bus is one of the staples of international travel for many people, and in areas such as South America and Asia, it is often the only economical way of getting from one destination to another. However, in many places traveling by bus also offers some experiences that you cannot experience using other modes of travel, and this can often include putting your hands in the life of the driver. Make sure you buckle in and keep your hand luggage close, as these...MORE are five countries with some truly terrifying bus rides. 

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    Nepal

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     When it comes to travel outside the capital of Kathmandu, for those who cannot afford to rent a car or take an internal flight, the bus is the only real option, and it is certainly one which can be hair raising at time. The horns of the buses are almost musical, and are often use to alert drivers coming the other way that the bus is overtaking on one of the many blind bends in the country. Because of the steep terrain many of the roads are perched above high hill sides and cliff faces, so the best advice is to choose a seat where you cannot see the road ahead and enjoy the spectacular scenery to be seen outside the window.

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    Boliva

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    South American buses can vary significantly in terms of their quality and the services that are available on board, but there are plenty of travelers who will have a horror story or two about their bus ride in Bolivia. The mountainous terrain of the country is spectacular for those who can focus on the view from the window, but inside the bus facilities such as toilets may not always be fully functional. It is also worth noting that Bolivian buses aren't always in the best condition, while many roads can become washed out during the flooding season.

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    India

    One of the great plus points of bus travel in India is that it is very competitively priced, and if you can speak the local dialect to a basic level it is usually possible to find out where each bus is going to. The ornately decorated buses certainly look good when they are in the bus station, but once the bus drivers are out on the road they will look to get to their destination as swiftly as possible. Indian buses are also notorious in some areas for cramming as many people on as possible, and while it may appear fun to ride on the roof, just imagine what will happen if you are involved in a crash.

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    Morocco

    A popular tourist route in Morocco is the bus ride into the Atlas Mountains, and the steep slopes do tend to make for some spectacular scenery when it comes to looking out of the window, but it also can be a petrifying experience at times. The quality of the roads isn't always the best, and like many countries some bus drivers can be better than others when it comes to overtaking safely. The roads are also the main way for people to get from A to B by walking or other means of transport too, so a night ride can be particularly hair raising if you are in the front seats.

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    Colombia

    The steep slopes of the Andes make up much of the terrain of Colombia, and for those who do take the bus into the mountains the winding roads that will often have switchbacks for the major climbs are certainly an experience. The views are very dramatic, but in many cases the roads will not have barriers and are not particularly well maintained. Colombia is also known for its gang activity, so it is wise to take precautions such as carrying a dummy wallet which you can give up if there is an attack on the bus, while researching which routes to avoid using in the dark is also a wise move.

To be fair, you can get into a auto or bus accident anywhere in the world, so this list certainly is not a reason for you to avoid these countries. But that being said, if you are traveling by bus in any of these countries, just be safe. Try to get a sit in the back half of the bus and be aware of your surroundings, if anything bad does end up happening, which again is not overly likely.