Last month I noted legroom as measured in seat pitch on the nation's four largest carriers—American, Delta, Southwest and United—now ranges from 30 inches to 33 inches. Meanwhile, seat width on the Big Four ranges from 17 inches to 18.5 inches.In part, because the airlines are very good at reducing frequencies to keep the planes full.
With Amtrak, there is no comparison—taking the train is more comfortable. Amtrak's coach seat offers pitch of 39 inches (50 inches to 52 inches on
Superlinersleepers [c.q.]) and width of 23 inches. Fold-down trays, reading lights, electric outlets and overhead storage are included; Wi-Fi is available nationwide for about 85% of all riders.
As for Greyhound, most of its fleet is comprised of two types of coaches that offer seat pitch of 30.5 inches to 31 inches; two other coach types offer pitch of 28 inches to 29.5 inches. Thus Greyhound's legroom ranges below the largest airlines' pitch; however, legroom as measured from the seat cushion to the seat in front is 11.5 inches. Meanwhile, the bus line's seat width of 17.5 inches is comparable to the airlines. As for amenities, Greyhound offers free Wi-Fi, power outlets, reclining seats, armrests and footrests, reading lights and lavatories.
An important note: overall, trains and buses are much less crowded than airplanes these days.
The article also notes that there are no "middle" seats on trains, either window or aisle. That's also true of bus seats, but the bus seats (and aisles) are narrower.