I took the regional inter-city bus for the first time yesterday and it literally blew my mind. In all my travels, I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a technologically advanced and highly organised bus station.
I exited Schiphol Airport to take a bus to Aalsmeer and there was actually a departures screen for the buses, indicating the bus number, the destination, and the departure time. Yes, you read that correctly, a departure screen for BUSES!!! I’m still getting over it…
And these are not long-distance, international, or Eurolines/Greyhound type buses I’m talking about here. These are just the regular city buses that go between neighbouring towns and where you buy your ticket from the driver.
They even have “platforms” for the buses, kind of like a train station, with certain bus numbers corresponding to certain platforms. There is a separate screen at the entrance that indicates which designated bus stop each line number operates from (e.g. bus 198 leaves from platform B8).
But the best part about it is that the current time (indicated on every screen on every bus platform) is specified to the second. I’m not fucking kidding. I even took this photo (at 8:34:05) just to prove it. And I can confirm that my bus arrived exactly 42 seconds early.