Traveling between U.S. and Canada

When you take a Greyhound bus between the U.S. and Canada, you’ll need to pack a few important documents as well as your toothbrush. And perhaps leave one or two things behind…

Traveling into Canada

Canadian citizens:

  • A valid passport.

Non-Canadian citizens:

  • A valid passport OR Enhanced Drivers License OR Certificate of Indian Status (for more information on acceptable forms of identification, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website).
  • Your ticket for your trip back to the states (or another destination out of Canada).
  • The address of where you’ll be staying in Canada.

A word of warning: If you don’t have the correct documents for your trip, you won’t be allowed to board the bus because you would be denied entry at the border and would have to buy your own ticket back. So make sure you have everything you need before you board.

When you reach the Canadian border, all passengers need to get off the bus and collect all their belongings, including checked baggage. All unclaimed baggage will be removed by Canadian officials. You’ll be asked by immigration what the reason is for your trip, and they may want to inspect your baggage. Then, you can return your bags to be loaded onto the bus and continue to your Canadian destination.

Children traveling into Canada will need proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate. Those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. If a child is traveling with only one parent, they need to have a letter from the other parent giving consent for them to cross the border. (There's no official format for this, just a letter with the other parent's name, contact details and signature.)

By law, you have to declare all plant, animal and food items you bring into Canada. There are restrictions on some food items, depending on the province you’re traveling to, and rules can change at any time, because pest and disease situations are often changing. For the latest information, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Traveling into the U.S.

When you cross the border from Canada into the U.S. you’ll need your passport or proof of citizenship, which will be checked before you get on the bus.

A word of warning: If you don’t have the correct documents for your trip, you won’t be allowed to board the bus because you would be denied entry at the border. So make sure you have everything you need before you board.

When you reach the U.S. border, all passengers need to get off the bus and collect all their belongings, including checked baggage. You and your baggage will then pass through security (just like at the airport). All unclaimed baggage will be removed by U.S. officials.

Children traveling into the U.S. will need proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. Under U.S. law, children under 16 aren't allowed to travel into the U.S. without an adult.

There are some restrictions on agricultural products you can bring into the U.S. from certain countries. This is because they may carry pests or foreign animal diseases that may threaten U.S. crop production and livestock. To see what foods you can and can’t bring into the U.S., please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

If you do bring agricultural products from Canada into the U.S. you will need to declare them.

A few more tips for your trip

We've put together a few travel tips to help make your journey with us as comfortable as possible.