10 Tips for Your First Greyhound Bus Trip Arrive at Least an Hour Before Departure. Get in Boarding Line as Soon as Possible. 3. Make Sure Your Checked Bag(s) Stand Out. Sit Near the Front of the Bus. Don't Trust the Bathroom on the Bus. Keep Your Carry-On Bag With You. Follow the Bus Driver's Rules During Breaks. Don't Lose Your Ticket or Re-Boarding Pass.