Taking the bus in New York City can be quite the adventure, whether you want one or not.

Even if you rarely take the bus, you've still heard the complaints: service changes, sitting in traffic, buses that never show up or leave just as you're running down the street.

At least you can take solace in knowing you're not alone; we all have complaints. We are New Yorkers, after all, and we're not shy about our opinions.

Scroll down for our biggest complaints about taking the bus.

Unreliable service

Whether your bus arrived early and already left
Whether your bus arrived early and already left or is delayed and hasn't shown up yet, waiting for your ride is a lesson in patience. (Credit: iStock)

Buses are slow

If you got on the bus thinking that
If you got on the bus thinking that this would be the fastest way to your destination, you're probably a tourist. (Credit: iStock)

They get stuck in traffic

The subway might be riddled with signal problems,
The subway might be riddled with signal problems, but at least it's not hampered by a fender bender during rush hour. One minor crash on your bus route and you might as well walk. (Credit: iStock)

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Bus stops that don’t have shelter

No matter the season, a bus stop without
No matter the season, a bus stop without shelter is no fun. No one wants to stand in pelting snow, pouring rain or full sun in the heat of the day while they wait for their bus to arrive. No one. (Credit: Emilio Guerra)

When the back door of the bus doesn't open

Doesn't everyone like to start their days by
Doesn't everyone like to start their days by yelling at a bus driver to let you off the bus? (Credit: iStock)

Detours

Even seasoned bus riders can wind up clueless
Even seasoned bus riders can wind up clueless as to where they're headed thanks to road repaving, construction or whatever other reason the bus driver decided to detour from the route. (Credit: iStock)

If you forget your MetroCard, you’re out of luck

Oh, you forgot your MetroCard? I guess you'd
Oh, you forgot your MetroCard? I guess you'd better go home and get it. Unless of course, you're one of the lucky few who can find one of the MTA's new MetroCard dispensers or you happen to have exact change in your pocket. (Credit: Meghan Giannotta)

Bunching

You've probably described this bus behavior and just
You've probably described this bus behavior and just didn't know what it's called. When you get several buses, one right after the other, and the service isn't spaced out, that's called bunching. Cue "The More You Know" star. (Credit: iStock)

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When an out-of-service bus gets your hopes up

Is there anything worse than spotting an approaching
Is there anything worse than spotting an approaching bus thinking it's your ride and then having your hopes dashed by a "Not In Service" sign? (Credit: Getty Images)