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Power outlets on the bus?

We are going on the My Way Alpine tour soon. I just downloaded some Rick Steves' audio tours, which got me thinking.... are there power outlets on the busses they use?

Thanks !

Cynthia

Posted by
3465 posts

I have taken 10 RS tours up through October last year. None of them with a bus had one with power outlets.

But then the last bus had WiFi which was a first for tours I have taken so power outlets might not be impossible on future tours.

Posted by
8231 posts

My experience has been similar to Mark's. I've done 7 tours, none of which had power outlets. That was for travel in Italy, France, UK and the 21BOE which used the same bus company as the France tour. I've got #8 coming up on Saturday, so I'll just have to see what is offered on that bus!

In general, I would say let it be a nice surprise if it does!

Posted by
6491 posts

You can always take a back-up power supply if you're concerned about needing more "juice."

Posted by
1068 posts

I have seen this question before. On the Best of Scandinavia tour (I think) there were power outlets on the bus. Since then I have taken the Best of Scotland tour and the bus did not have outlets (and my prior tours did not.) Right now, I would not count on power outlets on the bus.

Posted by
4594 posts

The brand new bus we used on our May Villages of South England tour had power outlets. That's the first time I've seen them on a tour bus.

Posted by
524 posts

I have taken 12 tours. So far, the only bus that had wifi and power ports was the Best of Village England. I also brought along a portable power pack.

Posted by
651 posts

I'm with Ray. Last year on the Scandanavia tour, we had outlets on the bus. We also had free wifi on the bus, but only while in Sweden.

Posted by
281 posts

On the 12 RS tours I have taken, none have had power outlets.

I typically carry 2 battery devices that charge from light (solar, room, etc.) that accomondate a USB plug so I can keep my camera and phone charged whether I am on the bus or walking around.